Community & Heritage

  • 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 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 ...
  • Celebrating Heritage and Home: An Iranian-American Community’s Gift to Los Angeles June 1, 2017
    Sahar KianSahar Kian
    “The Freedom Sculpture a Shared Dream, is a very good example of who are,” said Farhad Mohit, Founding Trustee of the Farhang Foundation. “We are the type of people to give a gift to our city that celebrates our heritage.”
  • 4th Circuit Issues Biggest Blow Yet to Trump’s Muslim Ban May 25, 2017
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Shayan Modarres Phone: 202 386-6325 Email: Washington, D.C.  –– The National Iranian American Council issued the following statement in response to the decision today by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the lower court nationwide freeze of President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban: “The National Iranian American ...
  • The Fight Over Trump’s Muslim Ban Is A Fight Over America’s Identity May 10, 2017
    Shayan Modarres
    To be clear, this fight in court over Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is not an ordinary disagreement over immigration policy ― racism and discrimination are on trial, and concerned Americans are fighting back against efforts to make these the official policies of the United States. The intent behind the Muslim ...
  • NIAC Deeply Concerned By New “Extreme Vetting” Proposal May 4, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Washington, D.C. – The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is profoundly concerned by the Trump administration’s newly released proposal for “extreme vetting” interview questions. “Donald Trump’s Muslim ban has been blocked by multiple courts so now he is attempting to circumvent the judiciary and impose a Muslim ban through new measures,” ...
  • NIAC Condemns DOJ Decision in Alton Sterling Case May 3, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Washington, DC – The National Iranian American Council issued the following statement following the Justice Department’s decision not to charge the police officers responsible for killing Alton Sterling: “We are deeply disturbed and saddened to learn that the Department of Justice, under the direction of Jeff Sessions, will not be prosecuting ...
  • Take Action: Make Sure Iranian Americans Are Counted in the Next U.S. Census May 2, 2017
    Washington, DC – The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and a coalition of Iranian-American organizations comprised of PAAIA, IAAB, and IABA are urging for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to include an ethnicity category in the Census for Middle Eastern and North African (MENA). Following years of community ...
  • Joint Statement of Iranian-American Organizations on Detentions of Iranians April 5, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    As organizations that represent the Iranian-American community, we are deeply concerned by recent arrests of Iranians visiting and studying in the United States. At least two Iranians are currently being held in custody by U.S. immigration authorities: Alia Ghandi and Mohammad Salar Fard-Hajian. We implore authorities to ensure these individuals have ...
  • NIAC Statement on Secretary Tillerson’s Norooz Message March 21, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Washington, DC – The National Iranian American Council released the following statement in response to the Secretary Rex Tillerson’s message on Norooz: “We welcome Secretary Tillerson’s Norooz greeting and message that we ‘look forward to celebrating this new spring together.’ Our question is: how? Tillerson and the Trump administration’s Muslim ...