Coalition to Launch Iranian American Know Your Rights Campaign
Washington, DC - Over the past six months, civil
rights and liberty organizations have documented increased patterns of
discrimination against Iranian Americans. The most common manifestations of this
discrimination against Iranian Americans have been inequity in employment
practices, immigration discrimination, problems in obtaining security clearance
and unwarranted FBI surveillance and interrogation. One significant reason for
this rise in discrimination may be attributed to the general lack of
understanding about Iranian Americans. This, coupled with efforts to better
educate Iranian Americans about their constitutional and civil rights, has led
to a unified nationwide campaign to address these issues and provide a safety
net for the Iranian American community.
Spearheaded by the National Legal Sanctuary for
Community Advancement (NLSCA), the Iranian American
Know Your Rights Campaign comprises a coalition of national organizations,
which include the American
Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Amnesty International
USA, Iranian American Bar Association (IABA), and
American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), with the
American Council (NIAC) as a collaborator. The purpose
of the campaign is to: (1) educate Iranian Americans of their civil rights and
liberties under the Constitution and Bill of Rights; (2) offer legal protection
where civil rights of the Iranian American community are being infringed upon;
(3) Educate mainstream America on the Iranian American community; and (4) Create
media outreach both within the Iranian American media and mainstream media
To mark the launch of the Iranian American Know Your Rights
Campaign, there will be a Press briefing on June 2 at the ACLU headquarters in
California. On the agenda is a look at stories that are being documented as well
as legal rights education to prevent discrimination. Resources will be available
for helping people deal with the ever-present issues of new employer and
Since the tragic events of 9/11 there has been an
understandable sense of concern about national security throughout the nation.
Like all Americans, the Iranian American community supports government efforts
in maintaining homeland security and deterring future acts of terrorism.
However, such efforts need not be at the expense of preserving the dignity and
rights of a particular ethnic community. As part of the greater American
community, it is integral for Iranian Americans to be both educated about their
rights and also to educate the general public and policy makers about issues
concerning the Iranian American community.
General press inquiries about
the briefing should be directed to Maame Agyeiwaah at 212-549-2517, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For background and educational resources, Please visit NIAC'S
For legal assistance
please visit the NLSCA.
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