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ACLU & NILC – 2021 Equitable Immigration Champion Award

NIAC is proud to jointly honor the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and National Immigration Law Center (NILC) with our 2021 Equitable Immigration Champion Award for their work to repeal the Muslim Ban and pass the NO BAN Act. We applaud their tireless efforts in support of equitable immigration policies.

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NIAC Virtual Gala 2021
Thursday, May 6th at 8pm ET / 5pm PT
RSVP Required

Join NIAC members from all across the country on May 6th as we come together for our second annual Virtual Gala. This year's gala, themed "Building the Future of Our Community," will include a fun night of entertainment, community-building, and of course some special guest appearances! We'll also honor a host of outstanding individuals dedicated to championing the priorities of the Iranian-American community. Make sure to reserve your ticket today and consider making a gift to help us reach our fundraising goal by May 6th!

Ali Ghambari – Community Impact Award

This award recognizes an individual’s or organization's exemplary and selfless service to their community, in an effort to improve the well-being of others. Ali Ghambari's continued dedication has helped strengthen, mobilize, and unite the Iranian-American community, and thus create lasting change for good.

Arianna Nassiri – Rising Star Award

In acknowledgement of her civic leadership and service towards greater voter enfranchisement, NIAC is proud to present Arianna Nassiri with our 2021 Courage Award. 

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Rep. Ilhan Omar – Courage Award

NIAC’s Courage Award was created to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements, dedication, and commitment of an individual in their pursuit of peace, equality and justice. In an environment where such pursuits face long odds and immense resources, NIAC seeks to recognize the courage of individuals and organizations who have made a material difference so that our children and future generations can live in a more peaceful world.

Azadeh Shahshahani
Legal & Advocacy Director, Project South

Councilwoman Sepi Shyne
West Hollywood Councilmember

Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari
Phoenix City Councilmember, District 7

Hoda Katebi
Writer, Community Organizer & Creative Educator

Jeremy Ben Ami
President, J Street

Juan Cole
Professor, University of Michigan

Neda Maghbolueh
Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Persis Karim
Director, Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, 
San Francisco State University

Rahna Epting
Executive Director, MoveOn

Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09)
Chairman, House Armed Services Committee

Rep. Anna V Eskamani
Florida State Representative

Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13)

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)

Shireen Ghorbani
Former Salt Lake County Councilwoman

Yasmine Taeb
DNC Committeewoman, Virginia (2016-20)

Lily Sarafan – Legacy Award

The NIAC Legacy Award recognizes the cumulative philanthropic investment and dedication of an individual, family or family foundation over a significant period of time. Through exceptional and transformative generosity, the Legacy Award recipient demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, whose visionary generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles within the communities.