COMBAT THE TRAVEL BAN
PAAIA has been at the forefront of the fight against the Travel Ban since the beginning. Despite being upheld by the Supreme Court, we will continue to work to end the policy.
Challenged all 3 iterations of the ban
Filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court
Led efforts to uncover waiver statistics
Created an informative page about Travel Ban
NATIONAL PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY OF IRANIAN AMERICANS
most likely to move Iran towards a
more democratic society
PAAIA released its 2018 National Public Opinion Survey in October. It was sent to every congressional office, receiving 257 engagements with congressional staffers.
of Iranian Americans oppose the Travel Ban
Most Iranian Americans
are concerned about increased discrimination
We named three fellows for our Capitol Hill Internship Program this year: Josee Molavi, Amir Rezvani, and Alex Soltany
We expanded the fellowship to graduate students this year. Our fellows were Negeen Sadeghi-Movahed and Neeki Memarzadeh
For the 2017-18 election cycle, IAPAC contributed nearly $131,000 to endorse candidates for public office and PAAIA members helped raise an additional $921,000 for our endorsed candidates.
IRANIAN AMERICANS ELECTED TO STATE LEGISLATURES
Incumbent Members of Congress
In May, PAAIA launched a digital campaign focused on the innovative power of the Iranian American community, aiming to foster a greater understanding of the contributions of Iranian Americans.
For Women’s History Month, PAAIA initiated an #IAWomen campaign to highlight successful and inspiring Iranian American women on our social media platforms.
CAPITOL HILL DAYS
PAAIA’s IA-100 members and Emerging Leaders met with over 20 different members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to discuss several issues of importance to the Iranian American community.
IRANIAN AMERICANS HELP FAMILIES SEPARATED AT BORDER
With funding from an Iranian American entrepreneur, 9 immigration attorneys joined PAAIA's legislative counsel in traveling to the TX border to begin assisting detainees on their legal cases & take steps to reunite families.
We hosted our 4th Annual Nowruz on Capitol Hill in conjunction with our main Congressional sponsor, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren. Eight members of Congress attended the reception as well as more than 150 Congressional staff and special guests, including Iranian American Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran Ambassador John Limbert.
NOWRUZ ON CAPITOL HILL