On September 28, Mariko Hirose, IRAP’s Litigation Director, travelled to San Francisco to accept the Iranian American Bar Association’s (IABA) Community Service Award. The award was presented by Sougol Shooshtarian, Director of IABA’s Northern California chapter, during the chapter’s eleventh annual gala. The event also featured appearances from San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Hon. Nahal Iravani-Sani of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, among others.
The award comes on the heels of IRAP’s litigation work benefiting Iranian nationals and their U.S. based families in the cases IRAP v Trump and Doe v Nielsen, which challenge the Muslim Ban and the mass denials of Iranian religious minorities being processed in Vienna for resettlement to the United States under the Lautenberg Amendment, respectively. In her speech, Mariko expressed her shared grief with the audience over the effects of the current political climate, but highlighted that she felt inspired by the resilience of the affected communities across the country.
IRAP is honored to have received this award for our work and vows to continue advocating for the rights of displaced people and their families.