NUFDI

Giving a voice to the iranian people's demands for the same rights we enjoy as americans

OUR MISSION

National Union for Democracy (NUFDI) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization representing the Iranian-American community in pursuit of a U.S. policy toward Iran based on the values of human rights and democracy.

OUR MISSION

National Union for Democracy (NUFDI'S) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization representing the Iranian-American community in pursuit of a U.S. policy toward Iran based on the values of human rights and democracy.

THE IRANIAN PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT (1979–NOW)

NUFDI is a non-profit, non-partisan organization made up of Iranian-Americans of diverse backgrounds who closely follow events in their mother country of Iran.

Those events are defined by the Iranian people’s ongoing struggle to reclaim Iran from the Islamic Republic and establish freedom, human rights, and democracy in Iran.

THE IRANIAN PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT (1979–NOW)

NUFDI is a non-profit, non-partisan organization made up of Iranian-Americans of diverse backgrounds who closely follow events in their mother country of Iran.

Those events are defined by the Iranian people’s ongoing struggle to reclaim Iran from the Islamic Republic and establish freedom, human rights, and democracy in Iran.

WHAT ARE THE IRANIAN PEOPLE ASKING FOR?

FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS

NON-DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF GENDER, RELIGION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, OR SOCIAL STATUS

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE

AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY & DUE PROCESS

Opportunity

EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW

FREEDOM OF SPEECH, ASSEMBLY, & RELIGION

PROSPERITY

FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS

NON-DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF GENDER, RELIGION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, OR SOCIAL STATUS

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE

AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY & DUE PROCESS

Opportunity

EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW

FREEDON OF SPEECH, ASSEMBLY, & RELIGION

PROSPERITY

The Iranian people’s movement seeks to reestablish peaceful, friendly relations with Iran’s neighbors and to have Iran re-engage the community of nations in a manner befitting its rich culture and heritage as a great civilization.

It rejects the regressive notion of Balkanization as a political solution. And it believes that the transition to a secular democratic system must be brought about through civil disobedience and other forms of nonviolent resistance, as advocated for many years by Prince Reza Pahlavi, a consistent and vocal supporter of this movement, and now echoed by many of the most prominent Iranian and Iranian-American political figures, activists, scholars, artists, athletes and other voices.

These are the values we have come to cherish as American citizens, and they are the same values that the people of Iran seek for their own country.

NUFDI strives to empower Iranian-Americans to be a voice for the Iranian people’s movement for freedom, human rights, and democracy.

By transmitting the sacrifices and aspirations of the Iranian people to an American audience of policymakers, media, and concerned citizens, it is our hope that we may serve to better position our fellow Americans to understand and support the Iranian people in their struggle to establish a free, democratic Iran.

NUFDI strives to empower Iranian-Americans to be a voice for the Iranian people’s movement for freedom, human rights, and democracy.

By transmitting the sacrifices and aspirations of the Iranian people to an American audience of policymakers, media, and concerned citizens, it is our hope that we may serve to better position our fellow Americans to understand and support the Iranian people in their struggle to establish a free, democratic Iran.

MEET THE TEAM

Cameron Khansarinia

VICE PRESIDENT

Mina Noorbakhsh

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Andrew Ghalili

SENIOR POLICY ANALYST

Nina Khoshkish

COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

Tymahz Toumadje

POLICY ANALYST

FELLOWS

Nader Sadeghi

Sarah Raviani

Board of Directors

Advisory Council

Babak Amini

Toronto, CA

Fereshteh Khatibi

Orange County, CA

Marjan Greenblatt

New York, NY

Maryam Ovissi

Reston, VA

Navid Mohebbi

Washington, D.C.

Nazenin Ansari

LONDON, UK

Rostam Zafari

Atlanta, GA

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

NUFDI does not receive any government funding whatsoever. It is supported solely by members of the Iranian-American community and allies who support the cause of human rights and democracy in Iran.

NUFDI largest expenditure is its staff payroll. Many members of the team have left leading international firms and Washington think tanks to mobilize the Iranian-American community and advocate for the Iranian people’s cause and have taken significant salary cuts to work for NUFDI.

Despite this, we believe that for a Washington-based advocacy and policy organization, quality work requires a full-time dedication to the cause and thus are proud to—for the first time in our community’s history—have an Iranian-American organization with a physical office and a full-time staff in the nation’s capital.

Furthermore, within its ultimate goal to mobilize the Iranian-American community in support of a human rights and democracy-focused U.S. foreign policy towards Iran, NUFDI has a project-focused approach to our work. NUFDI’s resources support its ongoing projects from The Iran Conference to Iran Rising to our historic lawsuit against Ebrahim Raisi to our policy development and research.

NUFDI is not an opposition group. It is an Iranian-American civic organization dedicated to engaging and mobilizing the Iranian-American community in support of U.S. foreign policy towards Iran based on human rights and democracy. As such, it does not take positions on some Iran-related political issues such as the country’s post-Islamic Republic form of government except that that government and its form should be decided by the Iranian people in a free, fair referendum. For more information on NUFDI’s values, read our mission statement here.

The National Union for Democracy in Iran (NUFDI ) is a 501(c)4 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. Its sister organization, NUFDI Fund, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.

NUFDI opposes war with Iran. We believe that the path to establishing a stable democracy in Iran and ensuring regional and American national security is non-violent disobedience by the Iranian people, supported by the United States and the international community.

NUFDI was initially founded in 2003. Like many other Iranian and Iranian-American organizations its activities were mostly volunteer based. In March of 2020, the organization was re-launched with a new mission and its first full-time staff member. Today, its team continues to grow.