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Pars Equality Center: June 2013 Newsletter

Source:June 2013 Newsletter, Pars Equality Center (PEC), San Jose, California

Dear Community,

Summer has arrived and we are excited to announce that our Social Services Department has helped 14 newcomers obtain permanent employment positions in the past month. We would like to extend a special thank you to mentor volunteer Behzad Hadjian, who has personally guided and helped four newcomers obtain employment.

Pars has been busy organizing ongoing workshops, including an upcoming workshop for newcomers to obtain critical information relating to funding and scholarships for higher education. Leading educator and expert, Dr. Mariam Ghazvini, will hold this workshop on Friday, June 28, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at 1922 The Alameda, First Floor Conference Room, in San Jose.

In further educational news, Pars is excited to announce that the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors agreed to provide $98,440 to fund the Community Partnership Pars requested. This Community Partnership will provide parent educational resources and workshops to newly arrived immigrants and refugees. Pars advocates helped make this happen by sending Supporting Letters to the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors urging them to support this effort and Pars.

Pars has added another English as a Second Language Course (ESL) due to high demand. Classes are offered in San Jose at 1922 The Alameda on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. We would like to thank educator Cheryl Tombrink for her commitment in volunteering and leading this Pars program for over a year. We would also like to thank Mona Navid and Maryam Alimohammadi who are also assisting with the ESL program.

This past month we participated in World Refugee Day events in Santa Clara, Oakland and the Los Angeles area. Pars staff and volunteers operated booths and communicated with attendees who were interested in services provided by Pars.

At the Santa Clara event, two employers from the Iranian-American Community, Emil Abbasi of Mountain Mikes and Sudabeh Aliabadi of Cocola, received Certificates of Appreciation from the Santa Clara Immigrant and Refugee Forum for hiring the highest number of newcomers in the past year. Maryam Alimohammadi and Parmida Hamzeh also received the same honors for their extensive volunteer work.

The Pars Los Angeles office grand opening is set for Thursday, September 26! The Los Angeles office is already very busy helping community members. This past month Pars helped several Southern California families with transportation needs and finding tutors and other resources for children. The Pars booth at the LA Refugee Day Event generated much buzz about Pars as a new resource in Southern California.

On June 15, Pars hosted a successful workshop relating to domestic violence and family law issues. Community members who attended requested Pars host more work-shops and stated the presenters were very informative and helpful. Pars would like to extend a special thank you to Attorneys Fariba Soroosh and Samira Amato who volunteered their time to conduct this workshop.

Our in house Legal Department continues to assist the Community. We receive inquiries relating to many different legal issues, with the highest volume being related to immigration law.

Please always consult with private counsel or our Legal Department if you are considering conducting any personal or commercial transactions with Iran in order to avoid any OFAC problems. It is important to note that even if an activity is permissible or specifically allowed by OFAC license, banks and vendors often will still need to be convinced of the transaction's legality due to tight restrictions placed upon these entities.

We would like to thank Nazy Fahimi, our Legal Department Director for helping the community in all related issues.

Please feel free to contact her at (650) 321-6400. For recent updates regarding OFAC regulations and sanctions news.

Also, please review the link to OFAC expert Attorney Erich Ferrari's blog below; which most notably includes recent discussion about President Obama's June Executive Order:

We wish you all happy and healthy summer.


Bita Daryabari
Founder/Executive Director


About Pars Equality Center

Founded by Bita Daryabari in 2010, the Pars Equality Center (PEC) is a non-profit organization, and the first of its kind, supporting the full integration of people of Persian (Iranian) origin in the United States. PEC provides social and legal support for all members of the Iranian American community, including refugees, asylees, immigrants and the American-born. The Center advocates for more positive perceptions of Persians in the U.S. media, while offering services and programs that help establish, integrate and support Iranian Americans so that they are able to function responsibly and productively in American society. Daryabari’s aim is to create a more just and compassionate community in which Iranians of all cultures and beliefs can participate.

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