Native American Heritage Month Spotlight: Couple Reflects on Family and Navajo-Persian Roots in the Kitchen

Native American Heritage Month Spotlight: Couple Reflects on Family and Navajo-Persian Roots in the Kitchen   RACHAEL NOVAK AND POOYA REZAI NOVEMBER 29, 2021 As we reflect upon Native American Heritage Month, we would like to invite you to take a look at many families that shape the State Department, including ours—a Navajo-Persian family. My ... Read More»

Rebuilding and Enhancing Refugee Resettlement Programs

President Biden’s Executive Order sends a message loud and clear: refugees are welcome in the United States of America.  Today, the United States is recommitting to treating all individuals applying for U.S. refugee programs with dignity and respect, and free from discrimination.  I look forward to implementing the Executive Order with the State Department’s team ... Read More»

Countering Iran’s Global Terrorism

Countering Iran’s Global Terrorism Remarks Nathan A. Sales  Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism  Washington Institute for Near East Policy Counterterrorism Lecture Series Washington, DC November 13, 2018 Thanks for that warm introduction and for hosting me here. It’s a real pleasure to participate in the Washington Institute’s Counterterrorism Lecture Series. A number of my predecessors from ... Read More»

Excerpts of Special Representative Hook’s Remarks on Risk Posed by Iran’s Lack of Shipping Insurance

Excerpts of Special Representative Hook’s Remarks on Risk Posed by Iran’s Lack of Shipping Insurance November 7th, 2018 If Iranian tankers make calls to your ports or transit through your waterways, this comes at a great risk. The United States urges you to consider the advisory we are issuing today. On November 5, the United ... Read More»

Reimposing Sanctions

Office of the Press Secretary November 2, 2018 PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS REIMPOSING ALL SANCTIONS LIFTED UNDER THE UNACCEPTABLE IRAN DEAL “The United States has launched a campaign of economic pressure to deny the regime the funds it needs to advance its bloody agenda.” – President Donald J. Trump REIMPOSING ALL SANCTIONS: President Donald ... Read More»

Confronting Iran: The Trump Administration’s Strategy

Confronting Iran: The Trump Administration’s Strategy   By Michael R. Pompeo The end of the Cold War forced new thinking among policymakers and analysts about the greatest challenges to U.S. national security. The emergence of al Qaeda,cybercriminals, and other dangerous entities affirmed the threat of nonstate actors. But equally daunting has been the resurgence of outlaw ... Read More»

Treasury and the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center Partners Sanction Taliban Facilitators and their Iranian Supporters

Treasury and the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center Partners Sanction Taliban Facilitators and their Iranian Supporters   Today, the seven member nations of the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC) took significant actions to expose and disrupt Taliban actors and their Iranian sponsors that seek to undermine the security of the Afghan Government.  The TFTC Member States ... Read More»

Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Middle East 

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy October 18, 2018  Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Middle East  Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks this morning at a UN Security Council open debate on the Middle East. ... Read More»

Threats to American Personnel and Facilities in Iraq

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC September 28, 2018 The President and I have no more important priority than the safety and security of American citizens, including our diplomatic, military and other officials serving abroad. Threats to our personnel and facilities in Iraq from the Government of Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary ... Read More»

Trump to world leaders: Stop Iran from sowing chaos

President Trump urged world leaders to stand with the United States in seeking to block the Iranian regime from spreading “mayhem across the Middle East.” He also asked other nations to honor the United States’ sovereignty while defending their own. Addressing the U.N. General Assembly for the second time in his presidency, he expressed optimism ... Read More»

American scholar languishes in Iranian jail

Princeton University graduate student Xiyue Wang’s love of history and languages took him to Tehran two summers ago to learn Persian and conduct research in Iran’s National Archives. Wang had the authorization of the Iranian government and admission to a language institute in Tehran. But in August 2016 authorities arrested Wang, charged him with espionage ... Read More»

Treasury Targets Thai Company Supporting Iranian Airline Mahan Air

Treasury Targets Thai Company Supporting Iranian Airline Mahan Air September 14, 2018 Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Thailand-based My Aviation Company Limited for acting for or on behalf of Mahan Air, an Iranian airline previously designated for supporting Iran’s terrorism activities.  The action today was ... Read More»

Statement on Secretary Pompeo’s remarks on “Supporting Iranian Voices”

Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 11, 2018 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will deliver remarks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs in Simi Valley, California, on Sunday, July 22, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. Secretary Pompeo’s remarks on “Supporting Iranian Voices” will be delivered as part ... Read More»

Statement by Heather Nauert on the execution of Mohammad Salas

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson  STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON June 18, 2018  Execution of Mohammad Salas, Iranian Sufi Dervish We condemn the Iranian government’s execution of Mohammad Salas, a member of the long-persecuted Iranian Gonabadi Sufi Dervish community. According to reports, Mr. Salas was hanged this morning at Rajai Shahr Prison, the ... Read More»

U.S. applauds Canadian lawmakers’ rebuke of Iran over terrorism

The United States applauded the Canadian parliament’s condemnation of Iran for support for terrorism. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed the move in a tweet and called on other nations to hold Iran’s leaders accountable. Canadian lawmakers on June 12 approved a resolution that “strongly condemns the current regime in Iran for its ongoing sponsorship of terrorism around the ... Read More»

Statement by Heather Nauret on the Arrest of Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson  STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON June 14, 2018 Arrest of Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh We are deeply concerned by reports that Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been arrested again. Ms. Sotoudeh was reportedly arrested today at her home and taken to Evin Prison, the ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Pompeo on LGBTI Pride Month

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO June 1, 2018 LGBTI Pride Month  The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts ... Read More»

Treasury Targets Procurement Networks and 31 Aircraft Associated with Mahan Air and Other Designated Iranian Airlines

Treasury Targets Procurement Networks and 31 Aircraft Associated with Mahan Air and Other Designated Iranian Airlines MAY 24, 2018 Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated nine individuals and entities procuring export-controlled, U.S.-origin goods for sanctioned Iranian airlines. They were designated as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

Press Statement Mike Pompeo  Secretary of State May 17, 2018 The United States stands for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. Our nation was founded on the bedrock principle that we are all created equal – and that every person is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Around the ... Read More»

Treasury and the Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center Partner Together to Sanction Hizballah’s Senior Leadership

U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Public Affairs MAY 16, 2018 Treasury and the Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center Partner Together to Sanction Hizballah’s Senior Leadership WASHINGTON – Today, the seven member nations of the Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center (TFTC) took significant actions to disrupt an Iranian-backed terrorist group by designating the senior ... Read More»

Presidential Message on Ramadan

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary MAY 15, 2018  Presidential Message on Ramadan With the rising of tonight’s moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quran to ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary on Iranian Aggression Against Saudi Arabia and Israel

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary May 11, 2018 Statement from the Press Secretary on Iranian Aggression Against Saudi Arabia and Israel Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) pours resources into exporting destabilizing influence throughout the Middle East, even as the Iranian people are victims of a struggling economy. Already this week, the ... Read More»

Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary April 26, 2018 Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State I am pleased with the Senate’s confirmation of Mike Pompeo to serve as our country’s top diplomat. Having a patriot of Mike’s immense talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department ... Read More»

Heather Nauert on the First Anniversary of the Sarin Attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON April 4, 2018 First Anniversary of the Sarin Attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria One year ago today, the Assad regime launched a horrific attack using the nerve agent sarin against its own citizens in Khan Shaykhun, killing approximately 100 people – including many ... Read More»

Statement by Heather Nauert on the Harassment of the Press in Iran

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON March 15, 2018 Harassment of the Press in Iran This week, the UN Human Rights Council discussed the report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. The United States notes with concern the grave conditions facing the press ... Read More»

Statement by Heather Nauert on the eleven-year anniversary of the disappearance of Robert Levinson

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON March 9, 2018 The Eleven-Year Anniversary of the Disappearance of Robert Levinson Today marks the eleven-year anniversary of Robert Levinson’s disappearance from Kish Island, Iran. The United States remains unwavering in our commitment to bring him home. We share our deepest sympathy with ... Read More»

Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

Annual Observance of International Women’s Day Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Washington, DC March 8, 2018 As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance of advancing the status of ... Read More»

Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Nonproliferation

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2018  Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Nonproliferation Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks at a UN Security Council briefing on nonproliferation of weapons of mass ... Read More»

Statement by the Press Secretary on Iran Protests

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary January 10, 2018 Statement by the Press Secretary on Iran Protests The Trump Administration is deeply concerned by reports that the Iranian regime has imprisoned thousands of ‎Iranian citizens in the past week for engaging in peaceful protests.  Further reports that the regime has tortured or killed ... Read More»

Latest Results From the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 30, 2017 On the eve of World AIDS Day 2017, the United States announced that the impact of President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has reached historic highs through the program’s rapid acceleration of HIV prevention and treatment efforts, driven by transparent, accountable, and cost-effective investments. As ... Read More»

Treasury Designates Large-Scale IRGC-QF Counterfeiting Ring

Treasury Designates Large-Scale IRGC-QF Counterfeiting Ring 11/20/2017 Iranian Network Prints Counterfeit Yemeni Bank Notes for IRGC-Qods Force WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated a network of individuals and entities involved in a large-scale scheme to help Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) counterfeit currency to ... Read More»

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Defeat of ISIS in Raqqah

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary October 21, 2017 Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Defeat of ISIS in Raqqah I am pleased to announce that the Syrian Democratic Forces, our partners in the fight against ISIS in Syria, have successfully recaptured Raqqah – the terrorist group’s self-proclaimed capital city. Together, ... Read More»

Excerpts of Statement by Secretary Tillerson on Raqqa’s Liberation from ISIS 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Excerpts of Statement by Secretary Tillerson October 20, 2017 Raqqa’s Liberation from ISIS … We congratulate the Syrian people and the Syrian Democratic Forces, including the Syrian Arab Coalition, on the liberation of Raqqa.  The United States is proud to lead the 73-member Global ... Read More»


THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary October 13, 2017 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP ON IRAN STRATEGY      THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  My fellow Americans:  As President of the United States, my highest obligation is to ensure the safety and security of the American people. History has shown that the longer we ignore ... Read More»

Statement on the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s Referendum

Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 25, 2017 The United States is deeply disappointed that the Kurdistan Regional Government decided to conduct today a unilateral referendum on independence, including in areas outside of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. The United States’ historic relationship with the people of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region will not ... Read More»

U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Crisis in Rakhine State, Burma

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson FACT SHEET September 20, 2017 U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Crisis in Rakhine State, Burma The United States is providing an additional nearly $32 million in humanitarian assistance to address the urgent needs of Rohingya fleeing violence from Rakhine State, Burma to Bangladesh, as well ... Read More»

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Violence in Burma

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary September 11, 2017 Statement by the Press Secretary on the Violence in Burma The United States is deeply troubled by the ongoing crisis in northern Rakhine State in Burma, where at least 300,000 people have fled their homes in the wake of attacks on Burmese security posts ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Tillerson On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON September 11, 2017 On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks Today we remember the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and honor the heroes who valiantly saved many lives that day, even sacrificing their own.  Their courage on that day ... Read More»

Tillerson On the Occasion of Eid al-Adha

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON August 31, 2017 On the Occasion of Eid al-Adha As the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca and Medina comes to a close, I wish Muslims across the globe a meaningful and blessed Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha, also known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice,’ is ... Read More»

Statement on the Anniversary of the 2013 Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary August 21, 2017 Statement on the Anniversary of the 2013 Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack Today marks the 4th anniversary of the Syrian regime’s deadly chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1,400 people in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta.  This tragic event precipitated an international effort that ... Read More»

Excerpts of The International Religious Freedom Report of 2016

The penal code specifies the death sentence for proselytizing and attempts by non-Muslims to convert Muslims, as well as for moharebeh (“enmity against God”) and sabb al-nabi(“insulting the prophet”). The law prohibits Muslim citizens from changing or renouncing their religious beliefs. … “Within the limits of the law,” the constitution states Zoroastrians, Jews, and Christians (excluding converts from ... Read More»

Joint Statement by France, Germany, the United Kingdom and United States on Iran’s Ballistic Program

MEDIA NOTE July 28, 2017 Iran’s Space Launch Vehicle Inconsistent with UNSCR 2231 Joint Statement by France, Germany, the United Kingdom and United States With its latest launch of a Simorgh space launch vehicle on 27 July, Iran has again demonstrated activity inconsistent with UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2231. We condemn this action. This ... Read More»

White House Statement on American Citizens Unjustly Detained in Iran

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary July 21, 2017 Statement on American Citizens Unjustly Detained in Iran President Donald J. Trump and his Administration are redoubling efforts to bring home all Americans unjustly detained abroad.  The United States condemns hostage takers and nations that continue to take hostages and detain our citizens without ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the Liberation of Mosul

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON July 10, 2017 Liberation of Mosul On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Abadi and the Iraqi people on their liberation of Mosul. This is a critical milestone in the global fight against ISIS, and underscores the success ... Read More»

The State Department’s 2017 Trafficking in Person Report, Iran portion

IRAN: TIER 3 The Government of Iran does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so; therefore, Iran remained on Tier 3. Despite the lack of significant efforts, the government took some steps to address trafficking, including operating some centers where trafficking victims ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary of State Tillerson on LGBTI Month

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 7, 2017 In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom. We also recognize ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the Terrorist Attack in Kabul

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON May 31, 2017 On the Terrorist Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan The United States strongly condemns today’s deadly attack in Kabul. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed and injured, including our Afghan partners, members of the ... Read More»

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary May 26, 2017 Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan On behalf of the American people, I would like to wish all Muslims a joyful Ramadan. During this month of fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims in America and around the world will find meaning ... Read More»

Mark Toner on United States Citizens Detained in Iran

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON April 27, 2017 United States Citizens Detained in Iran On the sidelines of the April 25 meeting in Vienna of the Joint Commission overseeing implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the U.S. delegation raised with the Iranian delegation its ... Read More»

Tillerson on Iran Continuing Sponsoring Terrorism and on JCPOA

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON April 18, 2017 Iran Continues to Sponsor Terrorism Trump Administration Undergoing Interagency review of Iran Deal The U.S. Department of State certified to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan today that Iran is compliant through April 18th with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan ... Read More»

Treasury Takes Action to Target Serious Human Rights Abuses in Iran

Treasury Takes Action to Target Serious Human Rights Abuses in Iran 4/13/2017 ​ Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned the Tehran Prisons Organization and Sohrab Soleimani, a senior official within Iran’s State Prison Organization, in connection with serious human rights abuses in Iran.  This action reflects the ... Read More»

Statement by Mark Toner on UN International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON April 4, 2017 UN International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action Today is the United Nations’ International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, which provides an opportunity for the world to reflect on both the ... Read More»

Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act Sanctions

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson MEDIA NOTE March 24, 2017 Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act Sanctions On March 21, the United States imposed sanctions on 30 foreign entities and individuals in 10 countries pursuant to the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA).  These sanctions apply to the specific ... Read More»

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Nowruz

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary March 22, 2017 Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Nowruz This week, I would like to send my best wishes to all those around the world celebrating the wonderful ancient holiday of Nowruz.  Many millions of people of Iranian, Iraqi, Turkish, South Asian, and Central Asian ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the Occasion of Nowruz

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON Message on the Occasion of Nowruz March 20, 2017  I wish a joyful and prosperous Nowruz to all those around the world celebrating this ancient tradition that marks the beginning of spring and the beginning of a new year. Millions of people across ... Read More»

Important Announcement about Executive Order on Visas

ALERT MARCH 16, 2017 Important Announcement Executive Order on Visas On March 15, 2017, the United States District Court in Hawaii issued a ruling barring the Department from implementing Sections 2 and 6 of Executive Order 13780 suspending visa issuance and entry into the United States.  On March 16, 2017, a federal district court for the District of ... Read More»

Statement by the Spokesperson on the Ten-Year Anniversary of the Disappearance of Robert Levinson

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson March 9, 2017 Statement by the Spokesperson The Ten-Year Anniversary of the Disappearance of Robert Levinson  Today marks the ten-year anniversary of Robert Levinson’s disappearance from Kish Island, Iran.  The United States remains unwavering in our commitment to bring him home. Over the last decade his family ... Read More»

Six-Year Anniversary of the House Arrests of Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson February 14, 2017 STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON Six-Year Anniversary of the House Arrests of Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard This week marks the six-year anniversary of the detention without formal charges of former senior Iranian officials and 2009 presidential election candidates Mehdi ... Read More»

Statement by National Security Advisor Michael T. Flynn on Iran

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary February 3, 2017 Statement by National Security Advisor Michael T. Flynn on Iran Today, the United States sanctioned twenty-five individuals and entities that provide support to Iran’s ballistic missile program and to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force. The Islamic Republic of Iran is the world’s ... Read More»

Statement By The President On International Holocaust Remembrance Day

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary January 27, 2017 It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror. Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines ... Read More»

Statement by the President on the One-Year Anniversary of Implementation Day Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Today marks the one-year anniversary of the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – a deal that has achieved significant, concrete results in making the United States and the world a safer place. This historic understanding reached between the United States, France, the United ... Read More»

Prominent American LGBT People

David Geffen David Lawrence Geffen was born in February 21, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York from Immigrant parents and is an American business magnate, producer, film studio executive, and philanthropist. After finishing high school in Brooklyn, David attended the University of Texas at Austin for a semester, and then Brooklyn College, before again dropping out. ... Read More»

Prominent American LGBT People

Jennifer Natalya Pritzker, born James Nicholas Pritzker in 1950 in Chicago, Illinois, is a billionaire investor and philanthropist, and a member of the Pritzker family. Pritzker enlisted in the U.S. Army on February 8, 1974. She graduated with a BA in History in May 1979 from Loyola University of Chicago. While serving in the army ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Kerry on Renewing Waivers Related to Extension of the Iran Sanctions Act

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY December 15, 2016 Statement by Secretary Kerry on Renewing Waivers Related to Extension of the Iran Sanctions Act Ensuring the continued implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is a top strategic objective for the United States and for our allies and ... Read More»

Yes, we have a brand new website

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ... Read More»

Iran’s Wetlands Face Uncertain Future

By Louise Fenner | Staff Writer Washington — Eskandar Firouz helped pioneer Iran’s environmental movement in the 1960s and played an important role in the enactment of an international treaty to protect the world’s wetlands. But today in Iran, many wetlands are imperiled, lakes are drying up and natural habitats are being destroyed. To generate ... Read More»

Iran Was Pioneer in Wetland Conservation in 1971

By Louise Fenner | Staff Writer Washington — Iran can be proud of the role it played in the creation of the first international agreement to preserve the world’s wetlands, says an American wildlife conservationist whose research in Iran in the late 1960s helped draw attention to the importance of Iran’s wetlands habitat. “There was ... Read More»

Statement by the President on the One Year Anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Today marks one year since the conclusion of the Iran nuclear deal—known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—by representatives of the United States, Iran, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, and the European Union.  Over the last year, the Iran Deal has succeeded in rolling back Iran’s nuclear program, avoiding further conflict ... Read More»

Davood Asadi, Afarin Chitsaz, Ehsan Mazandarani, and Saman Safarzaie

Name: Davood Asadi, Afarin Chitsaz, Ehsan Mazandarani, and Ehsan Safarzaie Occupation: Journalists Date of Arrest:  November 2015 Charge: “Acting Against National Security” Sentence: 5, 10, 7 and 5 Years in Prison Respectively Saman Safrzaie was released on March 2017. Ehsan Mazandarani was released on October 2017. Afarin Chitsaz was released on January 2018.     Read More»

Script for President Barack Obama Nowruz Video Message

Hello! To everyone celebrating Nowruz-across the United States and around the world-Nowruz Mobarak. And once again, we’ll be celebrating Nowruz at the White House, too. In a few weeks, we’ll bring out our own Haft Seen. There’ll be sabzi polo with fish. Maybe some naan berenji, too. We’ll welcome our Iranian Americans friends from across ... Read More»

Statement by the President on International Women’s Day

Today, on International Women’s Day, we recommit ourselves to achieving a world in which every woman and girl enjoys the full range of rights and freedoms that is her birthright. Women and girls make extraordinary contributions every day across all fields of human endeavor, including in business, education, sports, art, science, agriculture, parenting, and governance.  ... Read More»

January 27: A Day to Remember the Holocaust

Before the Holocaust, during which at least 6 million Jews were murdered at the hands of the Nazis, there was no term to describe the systematic destruction of a people. January 27 marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi labor and extermination camp. (© AP Images) A Polish refugee to the United States named Raphael ... Read More»

How Far Will Her Success Ripple Out to Others?

Girls often are prevented from attaining their full potential in traditional societies because educating daughters is not a priority. School fees and concerns about girls’ safety at school also hinder their education. But overwhelming evidence that educated girls benefit society and international focus on universal education are gradually overcoming these barriers. Why Educating Girls Matters Few investments pay off ... Read More»

Every Day, Ordinary Americans Help Syrian Refugees Find Better Lives

What do a professional handyman in California, a college campus church worker in Ohio and a local politician in Virginia have in common? They represent the countless Americans finding ways to help Syrian and Iraqi refugees, either newly arrived in the U.S. or still struggling overseas. “This isn’t just about what I can do as ... Read More»

President Obama Addresses the Nation on Keeping the American People Safe

Good evening.  On Wednesday, 14 Americans were killed as they came together to celebrate the holidays.  They were taken from family and friends who loved them deeply. They were white and black; Latino and Asian; immigrants and American-born; moms and dads; daughters and sons.  Each of them served their fellow citizens and all of them ... Read More»

World AIDS Day 2015

On World AIDS Day did you know? HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed more than 34 million lives so far. In 2014, 1.2 [980 000–1.6 million] million people died from HIV-related causes globally. Sub-Saharan Africa is the most affected region, with 25.8 [24.0–28.7] million people living with HIV in ... Read More»

Statement by the President on the Situation in Paris

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room The President:  Good evening, everybody.  I just want to make a few brief comments about the attacks across Paris tonight.  Once again, we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.  This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, ... Read More»

Let Girls Learn

Excerpts of op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama appeared on . First Lady Michelle Obama: Let Girls Learn Addressing the global crisis in girls’ education requires not just investment, but challenging cultural beliefs and practices. Right now, 62 million girls worldwide are not in school. They’re receiving no formal education at all — no reading, ... Read More»

Ebrahim Firouzi

  Name: Ebrahim Firouzi Occupation: Unknown Date of Arrest: 7 March, 2013 Charge: “Propagating Against the Islamic Regime,” “Organizing Evangelistic Activities,” “Contact with Foreigners and Anti-Islamic Revolutionary Networks Outside the Country” Sentence: 5 Years in Prison Read More»

Rassoul Badaghi

Name: Rassoul Badaghi Occupation: Teacher and Board Member of the Iranian Teachers Association Date of Arrest: 9 September, 2009 Charge: “Attending Gatherings with the Intent to Disrupt National Security,” “Insulting Imam Khomeini and the Supreme Leader,” and “Propaganda Against the State” Sentence: Six Years in Jail and 5 Years Banned from Social Activities Current Status: Released Read More»

Are Sports Just For Fun? Not For These Women

Author:  S. Dollard On the move: Diasporas connect the world Girls’ participation in sports helps them to excel not only as athletes, but in life. According to the United Nations, girls and women who participate in sports are more likely to do a number of things: Attend school and participate in society. Work with people from different backgrounds, promoting tolerance. Challenge gender stereotypes and ... Read More»

Remarks By President Obama To The United Nations General Assembly

Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen:  Seventy years after the founding of the United Nations, it is worth reflecting on what, together, the members of this body have helped to achieve. Out of the ashes of the Second World War, having witnessed the unthinkable power of the atomic age, the United ... Read More»

U.S. to Welcome Additional Syrian Refugees

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On August 26, 1920, after years of agitating to break down the barriers that stood between them and the ballot box, American women won the right to vote. On the front lines of pickets and protests, champions from every corner of our country banded together to expand this fundamental freedom to women and forge a path ... Read More»

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Michelle and I would like to extend our warmest wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr. As Muslims mark the end of the month, they are reminded that Ramadan is a time to reflect spiritually, build communally, and aid those in need. While Eid marks the end of Ramadan, ... Read More»

Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan 2015

As the new crescent moon brings in the holy month of Ramadan, Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those observing the month of fasting in the United States and around the world. Ramadan is a time in which families and communities come together for iftars and prayers in festive gatherings that demonstrate ... Read More»

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Mohammad Seifzadeh

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Statement by the President on U.S. Citizens Detained or Missing in Iran

The spirit of family is deeply woven into all of the rich cultural traditions of the Nowruz holiday.  It is a time for reuniting and rejoicing with loved ones and sharing hopes for the new year.  Today, as families across the world gather to mark this holiday, we remember those American families who are enduring ... Read More»

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As half the planet, women make immeasurable contributions to our world. They are entrepreneurs, farmers, educators, scientists, artists, soldiers, mothers, heads of state – the list is endless. Without them, economies would collapse, political systems would deteriorate, and families and communities would fall apart. Yet in too many places, women are treated as second-class citizens. ... Read More»

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Statement by the President on the Murders of Three American Students in North Carolina

Yesterday, the FBI opened an inquiry into the brutal and outrageous murders of Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Deah Shaddy Barakat, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  In addition to the ongoing investigation by local authorities, the FBI is taking steps to determine whether federal laws were violated.  No one in the United States ... Read More»

Statement by the President on the Death of Kayla Jean Mueller

It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the death of Kayla Jean Mueller. On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I convey our deepest condolences to Kayla’s family – her parents, Marsha and Carl, and her brother Eric and his family – and all of those who loved Kayla dearly. At ... Read More»

Statement by the President on the Death of First Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh

Today, we join the people of Jordan in grieving the loss of one of their own, First Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh, cruelly and brutally killed by ISIL terrorists.  On behalf of the American people, I offer my deepest condolences to Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh’s family and loved ones, to the brave men and women of the Jordan Armed ... Read More»

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Statement by the President on the Attack in France

I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has reportedly killed 12 people.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time.  France is America’s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the ... Read More»

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Bobak Ferdowsi

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Bahar Soomekh

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Dara Khosrowshahi

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Deep Dish

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Two Iranian-born physicians — Kamiar Alaei and his brother, Arash Alaei — received the inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Award on the opening day of the 19th annual International AIDS Conference, held July 22–27 in Washington. The brothers pioneered the treatment of HIV and AIDS in Iran, where their work once made them political prisoners. Actress Sharon ... Read More»

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Pennsylvania’s landmarks tell America’s story. From Independence Hall in Philadelphia to the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg to the industrial center of Pittsburgh, this state is home to milestones of U.S. history. Capital: Harrisburg Population: Nearly 13 million people live in Pennsylvania. Geography: From an estuary on the Atlantic Coast, Pennsylvania rises through the Appalachian Mountains ... Read More»

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Nader Engheta

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Lily Afshar

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Ali Javan

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Nariman Farvardin is an Iranian-American engineer and president at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. Formerly Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Maryland, College Park, he took office at Stevens on 1 July 2011. Farvardin was born in Tehran, Iran. He holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1984, one year after earning his doctorate, he ... Read More»

Porochista Khakpour

Porochista Khakpour was born in 1978 in Tehran and is an Iranian-American novelist, essayist and writer. Porochista was born in Tehran and was raised in South Pasadena, California and the Los Angeles area. Khakpour attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York for her BA, majoring in Creative Writing and Literature. She received her MA from Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. After receiving her ... Read More»

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Navid Negahban was born in June 2, 1968 in Mashhad, Iran and is an Iranian American actor. Negahban took a liking to theater when he was 8 years old while provoking laughter from a large audience by portraying an old man on stage. He left Iran when he was 20 for Turkey and then Germany, where he spent eight-and-a-half years. In Germany, he worked for ... Read More»

Shahrnush Parsipur

Shahrnush Parsipur was born on February 17, 1946 in Tehran and is an Iranian-American writer and novelist. She is the daughter of an attorney in the Iranian Justice Ministry originally from Shiraz. Born and raised in Tehran, she received her B.A. in sociology from Tehran University in 1973 and studied Chinese language and civilization at the Sorbonne from 1976 to 1980. Shahrnush ... Read More»

Hamid Jafarkhani

Hamid Jafarkhani was born in 1966 in Tehran, and is an Iranian-American Chancellor’s Professor in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Irvine’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering. His research focuses on communications theory, particularly coding and wireless communications and networks. Prior to studying at the University of Tehran, he was ranked first in the nationwide entrance examination of Iranian universities in 1984. After receiving his B.S. degree in 1989, he studied at the University ... Read More»

Mahnaz Afkhami

Mahnaz Afkhami was born in Kerman, Iran in 1941 and is the Iranian-American Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP). She is also the Executive Director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies and former Minister of Women’s Affairs of Iran. Her early childhood was spent in Kerman, Iran. When she was 11 a part of her family moved to the United ... Read More»

Vartan Gregorian

Vartan Gregorian was born on April 8, 1934 in Tabriz, Iran to a Christian Armenian family and is an Iranian-Armenian academic, currently serving as the president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. Gregorian was six years old when his mother, then twenty-six, died of pneumonia. His father, who worked for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company in Abadan, was away from home ... Read More»

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Soraya Darabi received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Georgetown University. She is a renowned digital entrepreneur and pioneer in the social media landscape, Soraya is a leading authority on digital commerce and ways to apply new technologies to help foster efficiency, visibility and growth. Most recently, Soraya is the co-founder of ... Read More»

Mohsen Mostafavi

Mohsen Mostafavi was born in 1954 and is an Iranian-American architect and educator. He is the Dean and a Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has been the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University, and the Chairman of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Mostafavi received a diploma in architecture from the Architectural Association in 1976 and undertook research ... Read More»

Christiane Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour is a television news anchor and foreign correspondent who has spent her career working for the American news network Cable Network News and the American news program 60 Minutes. She is of British and Iranian descent and is a naturalized American citizen. She is famous for having covered stories in many conflict zones, ... Read More»

Firouz Naderi

Dr. Naderi is the director for the Solar System Exploration Directorate at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Formerly, he was the associate director for Project Formulation and Strategy (2005-2011) providing oversight of new business acquisition and strategic planning at JPL. Prior to that, he was the head of the Mars Exploration Program (2000-2005) a span of ... Read More»

Goli Ameri

Goli Ameri is an Iranian-American diplomat, politician and businesswoman from the U.S. state of Oregon. She is the former Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Values and Diplomacy for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. She is also the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. She ran ... Read More»

Gholam Peyman

Gholam A. Peyman, MD recipient of National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the President of the United States, President Obama, on America’s leading innovators and a Hall of Fame of Ophthalmology and retina surgeon who is also a prolific and successful inventor. Gholam Peyman has, thus ... Read More»

Cyrus Habib

Cyrus Habib is an attorney and politician from the U.S. state of Washington. In 2012, Habib, a Democrat, was elected to represent Washington’s 48th Legislative District, which includes Bellevue, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, Kirkland, Medina, Redmond, and Yarrow Point, in the Washington State House of Representatives. He is a Rhodes Scholar, a Truman Scholar, and ... Read More»

Rudi Bakhtiar

Rudi Bakhtiar (Rudabeh Bakhtiar) is the first Iranian American journalist to anchor a prime time news hour in the United States, called “CNN Headline News Tonight”. She has over a decade experience working for major international news outlets CNN and Fox News Channel. Bakhtiar was the Director of Communications for the International Campaign for Human ... Read More»

Pardis Sabeti

Pardis Sabeti is an Iranian-American computational biologist, medical geneticist and evolutionary geneticist, who developed a bioinformatic statistical method which identifies sections of the genome that have been subject to natural selection and an algorithm which explains the effects of genetics on the evolution of disease. Sabeti is an Associate Professor in the Center for Systems ... Read More»

Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh Ansari born September in Mashhad, Iran is an engineer and the Iranian-American co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems. Her previous business accomplishments include serving as co-founder and CEO of Telecom Technologies, Inc. On September 18, 2006, a few days after her 40th birthday, she became the first Iranian in space. Ansari was the fourth ... Read More»

Salar Kamangar

Salar Kamangar was born in tehran in 1977 and is a graduate of Stanford University. He is a senior executive at Google and the former CEO of Google’s YouTube brand. Kamangar holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with honors from Stanford University and was the 9th employee to join Google. He joined after graduating from Stanford in 1998. ... Read More»

Pierre Omidyar

Pierre Morad Omidyar is a French-born Iranian American entrepreneur and philanthropist, who is the founder and chairman of the eBay auction site. Omidyar and his wife Pam are well-known philanthropists who founded Omidyar Network in 2004 in order to expand their efforts beyond non-profits to include for-profits and public policy. Growing up in Washington, D.C., ... Read More»

Mina Bissell

Mina J. Bissell, Ph.D., is an Iranian American biologist and a world-recognized leader in the area of the role of extracellular matrix (ECM) and microenvironment in regulation of tissue-specific function, with special emphasis on breast cancer. She was born in Tehran, Iran and brought up in a well-educated and well-to-do family. By the time she ... Read More»

Cyrus Amir-Mokri

Cyrus Amir-Mokri is the Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions at the U.S. Treasury Department and has lived in the United States since 1981 since his family immigrated from Iran following the 1979 Iranian revolution. After attending Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin for one year, Amir-Mokri attended Harvard College, graduating in 1986 with a degree ... Read More»

Cyma Zarghami

Cyma Zarghami is an Iranian-American cable television executive currently serving as the president of Nickelodeon and MTV Networks’ Kids & Family Group. Zarghami was born in Abadan, Iran to an Iranian father, Gholam, and a Scottish mother, Catherine. The family later moved to Canada and finally to Englewood, New Jersey, where she graduated in the ... Read More»

Esfandiar Baharmast

Esfandiar Baharmast is a retired Iranian-American football (soccer) referee best known for supervising two matches during the 1998 FIFA World Cup held in France. At that tournament, he was briefly vilified for giving a controversial late penalty to Norway in the dying minutes of their first-round game with Brazil, only to be vindicated the following ... Read More»

Nazanin Boniadi

Born in Tehran at the height of the Iranian Revolution, Ms. Boniadi’s parents relocated to London shortly thereafter. Later she moved to the United States to attend the University of California Irvine where she received her Bachelor’s Degree, with Honors in Biological Sciences. Ms. Boniadi then decided to study acting, which included training in Contemporary ... Read More»

Shahriar Sadigh Afshar

Shahriar Sadigh Afshar was born in 1971 and is an Iranian-American physicist and a multiple award-winning inventor. He is known for devising and carrying out the Afshar experiment at Harvard University in 2004.Since July 2004, Afshar has been a Visiting Research Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rowan University. His highest academic degree is B.S. His award-winning invention, KOR-fx, is considered to be the next step towards ... Read More»

Haleh Esfandiari

Haleh Esfandiari who was born in 1940 in Iran is an Iranian American academic and the Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.  Esfandiari earned her Ph.D. at the University of Vienna and her areas of expertise include Middle Eastern women’s issues, contemporary Iranian intellectual currents ... Read More»

Nouriel Roubini

Nouriel Roubini is an American economist and was born in March 29, 1958 in Istanbul, Turkey, to Iranian Jewish parents. When he was an infant, his family lived briefly in Iran and Israel. From 1962 to 1983 he resided in Italy, especially in Milan, where he attended the local Jewish school and then the Bocconi University, earning a B.A. in economics. He received his Ph.D. in international economics from Harvard University in ... Read More»

Davar Ardalan

Iran Davar Ardalan is the Senior Producer of NPR’s Tell Me More. She was born in San Francisco and has also lived and worked in Iran as a television newscaster for IRIB English News. Ardalan attended elementary and middle school at Iranzamin International School in Tehran and graduated from Brookline High School in Brookline, M.A. She earned ... Read More»

Touraj Houshmandzadeh

Touraj Houshmandzadeh was born September 26, 1977 and is an Iranian/American (Houshmandzadeh is of mixed heritage: his mother is African-American and his father Persian) football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon State. Houshmandzadeh has also played for the Seattle Seahawks in 2009, the Baltimore Ravens in 2010, and the Oakland Raiders in ... Read More»

Faryar Shirzad

Born in1965 to Iranian parents in London. Faryar has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Maryland; a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He formerly served on the staff of the National Security Council at the White House from March 2003 ... Read More»

Roxana Saberi

Roxana Saberi is an Iranian-American journalist[1] and former Miss North Dakota pageant winner. She was born in New Jersey/USA on April 26, 1977 from an Iranian father and a Japanese mother. Roxana graduated in 1997 from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, with degrees in Communication and French. Ms. Saberi was chosen as Miss North Dakota in 1997 and was among the top ten finalists in Miss America 1998. ... Read More»

Atefeh Riazi

Atefeh Riazi, a United States national born in Iran, was appointed as Chief Information Technology Officer, Assistant Secretary-General, Office of Information and Communications Technology, Department of Management by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in May 2013.  Ms. Riazi started her professional career with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York City.  During the period of 16 years, ... Read More»

Shahriar Kamali

Shahriar Kamali, known as King Kamali, is an Iranian-American bodybuilder and was born in March 29, 1972 in Tehran, Iran. He is a retired IFBB professional bodybuilder. Nicknamed, famous as “The Persian Pearl” and “The Terminator”, Kamali, now lives in New Jersey and New York City. Kamali has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from George Mason University. The resulting knowledge about human kinesiology and sport nutrition combined with his distinctive posing ... Read More»

Firoozeh Dumas

Firoozeh Dumas is an Iranian-American writer and was born in 1965 in Abadan, Iran. At the age of seven, Dumas and her family moved to Whittier, California. She later moved back to Iran and lived inTehran and Ahvaz. However, she once again immigrated to the United States; first to Whittier, then to Newport Beach, California. Dumas began to write and submit essays to obtain money ... Read More»

Arash Ferdowsi

Arash Ferdowsi was born October 7, 1985 and is an Iranian-American entrepreneur. He is co-founder and chief technology officer of Dropbox. Arash graduated from high school in 2004 in Kansas. Ferdowsi attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he dropped out in his last year to focus on his business. Ferdowsi launched Dropbox in June 2007 with his business partner, Drew Houston, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In September ... Read More»

Rostam Batmanglij

Rostam Batmanglij was born on November 28, 1983 to Iranian parents and is an Iranian-American songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist of New York-based indie rock band Vampire Weekend and electro-soul group Discovery. Batmanglij grew up in Washington D.C. His mother is the distinguished Persian cookbook author Najmieh Batmanglij while his father is a publisher. His parents are both Iranian and arrived in D.C. in 1983. His brother ... Read More»

President Obama on End of Combat Mission in Afghanistan

Today’s ceremony in Kabul marks a milestone for our country. For more than 13 years, ever since nearly 3,000 innocent lives were taken from us on 9/11, our nation has been at war in Afghanistan. Now, thanks to the extraordinary sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, our combat mission in Afghanistan is ending, ... Read More»

USAID Honors Survivors and Heroes of Gender-Based Violence

32-year-old Nadia Bano is from the Punjab area of Pakistan. Nadia had been a happily married woman with three children. But everything changed when her brother refused to marry Nadia’s sister-in-law, causing her-in-laws to throw acid on her face due to their frustration and anger. Her face was severely burnt, and she lost one of ... Read More»

Statement by the President on Hajj and Eid al-Adha

Michelle and I would like to extend our best wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world who are celebrating Eid al-Adha, and to congratulate those performing the Hajj this year. As our Muslim neighbors and friends gather for Eid celebrations, Muslim Americans are among the millions of pilgrims joining one of ... Read More»

Statement by the President on the Signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement and NATO Status of Forces Agreement in Afghanistan

Today we mark an historic day in the U.S.-Afghan partnership that will help advance our shared interests and the long-term security of Afghanistan. After nearly two years of hard work by negotiating teams on both sides, earlier today in Kabul the United States and the new Afghan Government of National Unity signed a Bilateral Security ... Read More»

Statement by the President on Airstrikes in Syria

The President:  Good morning, everybody.  Last night, on my orders, America’s armed forces began strikes against ISIL targets in Syria.  Today, the American people give thanks for the extraordinary service of our men and women in uniform, including the pilots who flew these missions with the courage and professionalism that we’ve come to expect from ... Read More»

Statement by the President on ISIL

The President: My fellow Americans, tonight I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL. As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people. Over the last several years, we have consistently ... Read More»

U.S. Department of State Fact Sheet on Promoting Gender Equality

Promoting Gender Equality and Advancing the Status of Women and Girls “The United States believes gender equality is critical to our shared goals of prosperity, stability, and peace, and … investing in women and girls worldwide is critical to advancing U.S. foreign policy.” Secretary of State John Kerry Globally, women and girls are disproportionately affected by ... Read More»

Important Information for the Selectees for DV 2014

The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV) makes available up to 55,000 diversity visas each year, drawn from random selection among all entries to persons who meet strict eligibility requirements from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.   DVs are apportioned among six geographic regions using regional limits determined by United ... Read More»

Fact Sheet on 2013 International Religious Freedom Report

The full text of the State Department’s 2013  International Religious Freedom Report  is available on the State Department website.   On July 28, 2014, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2013 International Religious Freedom Report to the United States Congress. The reports, now in their 16th edition, are available on  and . Mandated by Congress, the International Religious Freedom Reports help inform U.S. ... Read More»

Statement by the President on the Occasion of Eid-al-Fitr

As Muslims throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to them and their families.  This last month has been a time of fasting, reflection, spiritual renewal, and service to the less fortunate.  While Eid marks the completion of Ramadan, it also celebrates the common values ... Read More»

USAID Facts on Resources to Prevent Child, Early, Forced Marriage

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced over $4.8 million this year to fund programs in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Tanzania, and Yemen to end child, early, and forced marriage. Congressional leaders have also recognized the importance of these efforts, and USAID will work alongside lawmakers to increase the ... Read More»

State Dept. Facts on U.S. Assistance to Gaza

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States is providing $47 million to help address the humanitarian situation in Gaza. This assistance includes: An initial $15 million contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in response to UNRWA’s $60 million Gaza Flash ... Read More»

Hootan Dolati

Name: Hootan Dolati Occupation: Engineer, Journalist Date of Arrest: March 15, 2013 Charge: “Propaganda Against the State” and “Membership in a Banned Group” Sentence: One and a Half Years in Prison, and a Five Year Ban on Membership in Any Political Party or Social Group He was released in September 2014. Read More»

Changes to U.S. Anti-Personnel Landmine Policy

The United States announced today that it will not produce or otherwise acquire any anti-personnel landmines (APL) in the future, including to replace expiring stockpiles.  The announcement, delivered at the Third Review Conference of the Ottawa Convention in Maputo, Mozambique, underscores the U.S. commitment to the spirit and humanitarian aims of the Ottawa Convention, the ... Read More»

Treasury Department Explains Value, Effect of Sanctions

Washington — President Obama has imposed sanctions in the last few months related to instability in Ukraine, human rights abuses in the Central African Republic and violence in South Sudan. With public interest in sanctions increasing, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Director Adam Szubin answered questions about them in two recent Treasury Department blog ... Read More»

Statement by the Press Secretary on Iraq

The United States strongly condemns the recent attacks in Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  We offer our condolences to the families of those killed and underscore our commitment to assist the Iraqi people as they confront the threat that ISIL poses to Iraq and the region.  ISIL’s recent actions ... Read More»

Excerpts from The Brussels G-7 Summit Declaration

We reaffirm our strong commitment to a diplomatic resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue and welcome the efforts by the E3+3, led by High Representative Ashton, and Iran to negotiate a comprehensive solution that provides confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program. We underline the importance of the continuing effective implementation by ... Read More»

Remarks by the President at West Point Academy Commencement Ceremony

Thank you.  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  And thank you, General Caslen, for that introduction.  To General Trainor, General Clarke, the faculty and staff at West Point — you have been outstanding stewards of this proud institution and outstanding mentors for the newest officers in the United States Army.  I’d like to acknowledge the ... Read More»

Omid Behrouzi

Name: Omid Behrouzi Occupation: Lawyer Date of Imprisonment: September 8, 2011 Charge: “Forming an Illegal Group,” “Acting Against National Security,” “Propaganda Against the Regime,” “Insulting the Leader of the Islamic Republic,” “Disturbing Public Order” Sentence: Seven and a Half Years in Prison. He was released in March 2015. Behrouzi was among the dozens of prisoners of conscience held in Evin Prison ... Read More»

Emad Bahavar

Name: Emad Bahavar Occupation: Student, Political Activist Date of Sentence: January 10, 2011 Charge: “Propaganda Against the State,” “Insulting the Supreme Leader” Sentence: Seven Years in Prison, and a Ten Year Ban on Political Activities, Media Activities, and Internet Activities He was released in December 2014. Bahavar was among the dozens of prisoners of conscience held in Evin Prison Ward 350 reported ... Read More»

Abdolreza Ghanbari

Name: Abdolreza Ghanbari Occupation: Persian Literature Teacher Date of Imprisonment: December 27, 2009 Charge: Moharebeh (“Enmity Towards God”) Through Participation in the Street Gatherings on Ashura Day and Contact with Enemy Groups Sentence: Death, as of September 2013 – Ghanbari’s Death Sentence has Reportedly Been Commuted to 10 Years Imprisonment. He was released in March 2016. Read More»

Statement by the President on Ukraine

The President:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Before Jay takes some of your questions, I wanted to provide a brief update on our efforts to address the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Since the Russian intervention, we’ve been mobilizing the international community to condemn this violation of international law and to support the people and government of Ukraine. ... Read More»

Ayatollah Mohammad Hossein Kazemeini Bouroujerdi

Name: Ayatollah Mohammad Hossein Kazemeini Bouroujerdi Occupation: Clergy Date of Imprisonment: October 7, 2006 Charge: Around 30, Including moharebeh (“Enmity Towards God”); Acts Against National Security and Having Links with Anti-Revolutionaries and Spies Sentence: Eleven Years in Jail From January 2017 on medical leave from prison. Read More»

Statement by the President on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Each year on this day the world comes together to commemorate a barbaric crime unique in human history.  We recall six million Jews and millions of other innocent victims who were murdered in Nazi death camps.  We mourn lives cut short and communities torn apart. Yet even on a day of solemn remembrance, there is ... Read More»

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Honoring Lebanese Hezbollah Official

The United States condemns the decision taken by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari to place a wreath at the grave of Imad Mugniyah, a former leader of Lebanese Hezbollah responsible for heinous acts of terrorism that killed hundreds of innocent people, including Americans.  The inhumane violence that Mugniyah perpetrated – and that Lebanese ... Read More»

Statement by the President on the Implementation of the First Step Agreement on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program

Today’s agreement to implement the Joint Plan of Action announced in November marks the first time in a decade that the Islamic Republic of Iran has agreed to specific actions that halt progress on its nuclear program and roll back key parts of the program.  Beginning January 20th, Iran will for the first time start ... Read More»

Sayed Ziaoddin (Zia) Nabavi

Name: Sayed Ziaoddin (Zia) Nabavi Date of Imprisonment: June 2009 Occupation: Student Charge: Moharebeh (“Enmity Towards God”) Current Status: Imprisoned Sentence: 10 Years He was released in January 2018. Nabavi co-founded the Advocacy Council for the Right to Education, an organization of students barred from studying as a result of their political activities, in 2007. He was arrested shortly after Iran’s disputed ... Read More»

Bahareh Hedayat

Name: Bahareh Hedayat Occupation: Student and Women’s Rights Activist Date of Imprisonment: December 31, 2009 Charge: Insulting the Supreme Leader; Insulting the President; Actions Against National Security; Propagation of Falsehoods; and Colluding for Assembly Sentence: Seven and a Half Years Plus Two Years from a Previously Suspended Sentence She was released in September 2016. Read More»

Majid Dorri

Name: Majid Dorri Date of Imprisonment: July 9, 2009 Occupation: Student Activist Charge: Moharebeh (“Enmity Towards God”); Acting Against National Security; Disrupting Public Order; and Relations with the Mojahedin-e Khalgh Organization Current Status: Imprisoned Sentence: 6 and a Half Years He was released in June 2014. Majid Dorri is a student activist who has been ... Read More»

Masoud Bastani

Name: Masoud Bastani Date of Imprisonment: July 5, 2009 Occupation: Reformist Journalist Charge: Propagating Against the Regime and Congregating and Collusion to Create Anarchy Current Status: Imprisoned Sentence: Six Years He was released in July 2015. Husband of jailed activist Mahsa Amrabadi, Bastani is an Iranian reformist journalist. Throughout his career, he was arrested several times, most recently on July 5, 2009. ... Read More»

Kasra Nouri

Name: Kasra Nouri  Occupation: Unavailable Date of Imprisonment: March 14, 2012 Charge: “Propaganda Against the Regime”, “Acting Against National Security”, “Membership in a Deviant Group” and “Interviews with Foreign Media” Sentence: Four Years and Four Months Jail He was released in October 2016. Then again, after being arrested in the incidents of “Golestan the 7th” he was sentenced to 12 years ... Read More»

Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli, Vahid Tizfahm, and Mahvash Sabet

Name: Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli, Vahid Tizfahm, and Mahvash Sabet Occupation: Members of Yaran, the Coordinating Group for the Iranian Baha’i Community Date of Imprisonment: May 14, 2008 (Mahvash Sabet March 8, 2008) Charge: Espionage for Israel, Insulting Religious Sanctities, and Propaganda Against the Islamic Republic Sentence: 20 Years in jail, their sentence was later ... Read More»

Mansoureh Behkish

Name: Mansoureh Behkish Occupation: Member of Mothers for Peace Date of Imprisonment: June 12, 2011 Charge: Assembling and Conspiring with the Intent to Harm National Security; Propaganda Against the System Sentence: Four and a Half Years Only a few months before the end of her original sentence, in February 2018 she was once again sentenced to 7.5 years in jail ... Read More»
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