On February 12, 2015, Donna Hakimian, of the U.S. Baha'i Office of Public Affairs, along with various other representatives from Georgetown University, Karamah, and IMA World Health spoke at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs on the subject of "Religious Communities and their Responses to Sexual Violence.”OPA's Negar Ashtari, participates in a two-day consultation on Aug. 1-2, 2016 organized by the MenEngage Alliance to discuss "Faith-based approaches to addressing masculinities: Transforming social norms for gender justice”.May 12, 2016 film screening of the new BBC Persian documentary film Iranian Revolutionary Justice and panel discussion. Roxana Saberi, Dokhi Fassihian, Mariam Memarsadeghi, Salim Nakhjavani, Farid Haerinejad (L to R)Interfaith Coalition Members at WAMU for Interfaith Voices on May 5, 2016. From L to R - Ilana Flemming, Reverend Bruce Langwiser, Maureen Fiedler, Negar Abay, Aisha RahmanCivil society and government speakers pose with representatives of the U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs at a May 14, 2015 congressional event commemorating the seventh anniversary of the imprisonment of seven Baha’i leaders in Iran.Representatives from 17 religious organizations, including Peter Adriance of the U.S. Bahá'í Office of Public Affairs, (back row, second from left) met with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy on November 19, 2014, to highlight the support and work of the faith community on the rules to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. (Photo by Eric Vance)A representative of the U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs poses with International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, then-U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Stephen Rapp, and NGO colleagues at an October 27, 2014 congressional briefing on the International Criminal Court.Rosita Riazati, BBC producer of the film "The Baha'is in Iran," answers a question during a screening of the film at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on September 12, 2013.
The U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs (OPA) represents the U.S. Baha’i community in its relationships with the U.S. government, non-governmental organizations, the media, and the broader public.
The Office has three primary areas of focus: Gender Equality and the Advancement of Women, Human Rights, which includes the defense of the rights of Baha’is in Iran, and Sustainable Development. OPA also has a satellite office located in New York that represents the U.S. Baha’i community to the United Nations and engages with the UN and civil society on a number of issues.
In these and other areas, OPA engages in public education, dialogue, awareness-raising, media outreach, and policy advocacy. Informed by Baha’i teachings and principles, OPA seeks to contribute to the betterment of society and to promote the development of a just, unified, and sustainable world.