Community & Heritage

  • FAQ on Iranian Earthquake Relief November 13, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    As Iranian Americans, our hearts go out to all of those who were impacted by yesterday’s tragic earthquake that struck near the Iran-Iraq border. Initial reporting indicates that it is the deadliest earthquake of 2017, with hundreds dead and thousands injured, and many more who have lost everything. Like with prior earthquakes ...
  • BREAKING: IAAB v. Trump Team Praises Ruling Blocking Muslim Ban 3.0 October 18, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    According to Shayan Modarres, legal counsel for the National Iranian American Council: “We applaud the court’s decision in blocking this unconstitutional third attempt at a Muslim Ban.  This latest travel ban is little more than a dangerous effort to target Iranians and Muslims, unjustified by any credible national security concerns. The ...
  • NIAC Condemns Trump’s ‘Targeted’ Muslim Ban 3.0 September 24, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    The National Iranian American Council released the following statement regarding President Trump’s adjustments to the discriminatory Muslim Ban following 90 days of review:
  • NIAC Condemns Trump’s Immoral DACA Decision September 5, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    NIAC condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the Trump administration decision to terminate the DACA program today – a program with bipartisan support that has been wildly successful in every meaningful and measurable way. 
  • Iranian American Organizations Condemn Violence and Bigotry Displayed by Hate Groups in Charlottesville, Virginia August 16, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    As organizations representing the Iranian-American community, we stand united in condemning – in the strongest possible terms – the violence and bigotry displayed by hate groups in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday and Saturday.
  • Iranian-American Community Advisory: Know Your Rights at the Airport and the Border July 24, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Given the recent “Muslim Travel Ban” executive orders, many Iranians are concerned about their right to enter the United States (U.S.) and interacting with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which polices the border. This advisory provides some general guidance.
  • Republicans Vote Down Amendment to Protect Families from Muslim Ban July 19, 2017
    Darius Namazi
    WASHINGTON, DC – Congress took its first vote on the Muslim ban yesterday, as an amendment to protect family members from the Muslim ban was voted down by Republican legislators 23-29. The amendment, introduced by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), was offered during a markup of the Homeland Security Appropriations bill ...
  • In First And Only Vote On Trump’s Muslim Ban, Republicans Fail The Test July 19, 2017
    Jamal AbdiJamal Abdi
    Tuesday morning, the House of Representatives did the unthinkable: lawmakers actually held a vote on Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. Representative Mark Pocan had the nerve in the Appropriations committee to call for a vote on whether taxpayer dollars should be used to enforce Trump’s Muslim ban against the grandparents and other ...
  • NIAC Statement on Passing of Maryam Mirzakhani July 15, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    Washington, D.C. – Elham Khatami released this statement following the untimely death of Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the Fields Medal for mathematics: “We offer our sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Stanford Professor Maryam Mirzakhani, who was the first woman and first Iranian to win the ...
  • Congress Reacts to Trump’s “Grandma ban” July 13, 2017
    Ida Adibi
    Washington, D.C. – Numerous congressional Democrats have condemned the Trump administration’s latest iteration of the “Muslim ban” that bars grandparents and extended family members from Iran and other banned countries from entering the United States. However, despite opposition, legislation to rescind the ban remains blocked by Republican leadership. During a Homeland ...
  • Despite Legal Blows, Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Alive And Well July 11, 2017
    Shayan ModarresShayan Modarres
    There is an old legal adage that says, “If the law is on your side, argue the law. If the facts are on your side, argue the facts. If neither is on your side, pound the table and create a diversion.” When it comes to Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, neither ...
  • Fact Sheet: The Supreme Court Lifts Freeze on Trump’s Muslim Ban June 26, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Moments ago, the Supreme Court lifted the freeze on some key provisions of the Muslim ban executive order. This could affect you or your loved ones. Please see the following Fact Sheet for key information about the Supreme Court’s ruling.
  • Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson Headlines Iranian American Event In Seattle June 16, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC hosted a sold-out downtown fundraiser on Thursday, June 15th; it was NIAC’s first Seattle event in six years. Thursday’s event, which raised nearly $50,000 was attended by a diverse crowd, including David Sellers from nearby Ballard, WA. When asked what compelled him to attend the event, Sellers, who is ...
  • NIAC Statement on Trump Amending the Muslim Ban June 14, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    Washington, D.C. – Shayan Modarres, Legal Counsel for the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement in response to President Trump amending his March 6 Executive Order which seeks to impose a Muslim ban:
  • NIAC Statement on Ninth Circuit Ruling Against Muslim Ban June 12, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    Shayan Modarres, Legal Counsel for the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement in response to the Ninth Circuit’s ruling to uphold injunctions on President Trump’s Muslim Ban executive order: “In a step towards defeating the discriminatory Muslim Ban, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against President Donald ...