Chapter President: Leila Mansouri
Vice President: Montra Yazdani
Treasurer/ Legal Services: Ali Rahnama
Director of CLE: Ehsan M Khah
Director of Outreach: Naseem Kourosh
Director of Media: Shahrzad Rezvani
Director of Events: Mansoor Eyvazi
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IRANIAN-AMERICAN ORGS FILE FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST TRUMP TRAVEL BAN EXECUTIVE ORDER
The Iranian-American Bar Association along with several other prominent Iranian-American organizations have filed a joint action in federal court to stop the Trump Administration’s Executive Order banning nationals from Iran and six other predominantly Muslim nations from entering the U.S. The lawsuit was filed by Iranian American civil rights lawyer Cyrus Mehri, partner of Washington, DC-based firm Mehri & Skalet, PLLC; the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; and pro bono counsel, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer (“APKS”), on behalf of the Pars Equality Center, the Iranian American Bar Association, the National Iranian American Council, and the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans.
The Iranian-American community has been significantly and adversely impacted by the travel ban. Iran had the largest total number of legal entrants into the U.S. (310,182) between 2006 and 2015; two-thirds of those entrants arrived in the United States on temporary visas. Of the 90,000 visas issued each year to the seven countries singled out by the EO, almost half (42,542) are from Iran.
The Iranian-American organizations released the following joint statement:
“In a united effort, and in honor of our parents, children and the entire Iranian-American community, we have filed a joint action in federal court to stop the White House’s Executive Order, a wholly irrational directive that profoundly discriminates against our community.
“The Executive Order illogically categorizes everyone of Iranian descent as a potential terrorist. According to the Cato Institute, there was not a single case of an American being killed in a terrorist attack in this country by a person born in Iran — or any of the other six countries specified in the Executive Order. Iranians were not among the perpetrators of 9/11 or the Oklahoma City bombings or the nightclub killings in Orlando, Florida, or any of the other horrific acts of terror that have taken place in the United States. To the contrary, Iranian Americans were counted among the victims in San Bernardino, as well as among the first responders on the scene.
“Today, with this joint action, we show our strong opposition to the blanket ban on Iranian nationals to the U.S., which will not make us safer, and would not have prevented acts of terrorism.
“Under our nation’s laws there can be no discrimination based on national origin. The United States Constitution requires even the President to provide Due Process and Equal Protection under the law, and to follow the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. We filed the suit today in federal court to uphold the best of American principles that motivated our families to make enormous sacrifices to join a nation that stands for freedom and equal opportunity free from discrimination.
“We deeply thank the attorneys at Mehri & Skalet, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and APKS for tirelessly working around the clock to develop and file this action.”
D.C. Chapter Tracking Entry/Denial of Entry to the U.S. Intake Form
The Iranian American Bar Association, DC Chapter is collecting Entry/ Denial of Entry information of the Refugees and other Immigrant and Non-Immigrant individuals affected by the Executive Order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” signed by Donald J. Trump on January 27, 2017. The purpose of this database is to provide assistance to the individuals who may be targeted, and also to use for future legal actions.
Please use the link to access the form.
Washington D.C. Chapter
IABA’s DC chapter was founded in order to bring together Iranian American lawyers in the Washington DC metropolitan area. In addition to providing resources for local lawyers, we are also here to assist the greater Iranian American community.
The Iranian American Bar Association (“IABA”) was formed in 2000 in the District of Columbia and is a non-profit organization under section 501(c6) of the Internal Revenue Code. IABA is organized for charitable, educational, and professional purposes, including promoting the social, economic, professional and educational advancement of the Iranian American community, and the community at large.
While headquartered in Washington D.C., IABA is a national organization seeking to expand professional and community relationships by establishing local chapters throughout the United States. Starting with four founding members, IABA’s membership has grown to over 1,400 attorneys and law students nationally, with a particularly strong presence in Washington D.C., New York City, and California, but with members also from many other states. IABA recruits the most distinguished members of the Iranian American legal community as its Directors and Officers, and upholds the highest levels of professional integrity and excellence.
IABA is a non-religious, independent organization and is not in any way affiliated with any other organization. IABA is not a lobbying or advocacy group, but primarily an educational organization. As such, IABA seeks to educate and inform the Iranian American community about legal issues of interest, and to ensure that the American public at large as well as our representatives and other government officials are fully and accurately informed on legal matters of interest and concern to the Iranian American community. In addition, IABA strives to publicize and promote the achievements of Iranian American lawyers and other legal professionals.
As a 501(c)(3) organization all contributions to IABA are tax deductible.