The Trump Administration and the Iranian American Community: What’s at Stake?

Join us in Santa Monica on Friday, February 10 for a panel discussion on the Executive Order and the impact of future Trump administration policies on our community. We will discuss the various discrimination, civil rights, and foreign policy issues that are at stake.

Trump's Executive Order banning immigrants from Muslim majority countries from entering the United States has already had some disastrous impacts on the Iranian-American community. Many in our community are fearful that their families will be torn apart. Others are worried about traveling at all. 

The Trump Administration and the Iranian American Community:
What's at Stake?

Friday, February 10 at 7:00 PM
1450 2nd St in Santa Monica, CA

RSVP required


Screen Shot 2017-02-03 at 12.27.00 PMHector Villagra is executive director at the ACLU of Southern California, a post he has served since February 2011. Hector launched the Orange County Office of the ACLU of Southern California in September 2005 and served as its director until October 2009, when he became legal director for the affiliate. Before joining ACLU SoCal, Hector served as regional counsel for the Los Angeles Regional Office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) from 2001 to 2005 and as a staff attorney at MALDEF from 1999 to 2001. He has led numerous civil rights cases involving such issues as educational equity, religious discrimination, immigrants’ rights and voting rights.

Hector received the Daniel Levy Award for outstanding achievement in immigration law from the National Lawyer’s Guild in 2008. In 2012, he received the Attorney of the Year Award from the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County, the Excellence in Leadership Award from the National Latina/o Law Student Association and the Latino Law Students Association of Columbia Distinguished Alumnus Award. Hector graduated from Columbia University and Columbia University School of Law, where he received the Jane Marks Murphy Prize, awarded to students who show promise of a professional career applying the highest standards of the lawyer’s craft to service of the public interest. He currently serves on the board of Just Detention International. .

134Hiroshi Motomura is the Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. He is the author of two award-winning books: Immigration Outside the Law, and Americans in Waiting, and the co-author of two law school casebooks, one on immigration and citizenship, and the other on refugees and asylum. He is a founding director of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Law Center. He has received several teaching awards, including the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014, and was one of just 26 law professors nationwide profiled in What the Best Law Teachers Do.


TritaPDr. Trita Parsi is the 2010 recipient of the $200,000 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is an award-winning author of two books, Treacherous Alliance - The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the US (Yale University Press, 2007) and A Single Roll of the Dice - Obama's Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press, 2012). Treacherous Alliance won the Grawemeyer award and Council of Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Award in 2008 (Silver medallion). A Single Roll of the Dice was selected as The Best Book on The Middle East in 2012 by Foreign Affairs. Dr. Parsi is the President of the largest Iranian-American grassroots organization in the US, the National Iranian American Council and has taught at Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University. He currently teaches at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

JamalJamal Abdi joined NIAC’s team following his work in the US Congress as Policy Advisor to Representative Brian Baird (D-WA). As one of a small number of Iranian Americans working on the Hill, he served as a Congressional advisor, liaison, and expert on foreign affairs, immigration, and defense.  Prior to coming to DC, Abdi worked in his home state of Washington as a field organizer for national Congressional elections, coordinating and establishing grassroots campaign efforts in Seattle and Bellevue. He received his B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle, majoring in Political Science with a focus on International Relations.

Jamal has written for The New York Times, CNN, Foreign Policy, The Hill, The Progressive and Public Service Europe, and blogs at The Huffington Post and at  He is a frequent guest contributor in print, radio, and television, including appearances on Al Jazeera, RT America, NPR, BBC Radio, and VOA.

Photography by Dennis Trantham.

Siobhan C. Amin is an Associate Attorney and a 2015 graduate of University of Southern California Gould School of Law. During law school, she served as an extern for the Honorable Justice H. Walter Croskey of the California Court of Appeal. She has also served as an intern in the appellate chambers of two UN-operated international criminal tribunals: the Khmer Rouge Tribunal located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, located in the Hague, Netherlands. Siobhan has also acted as NIAC's Los Angeles Ambassador and volunteered for other organizations such as J Street and Amnesty International.