USCIRF Commissioner, Kristina Arraiga, speaks at the public launch of their Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project & List. Arriaga has chosen to personally champion the case for the two female Yaran members, Fariba Kamalabadi and Mahvash Sabet.On May 6-7, 2017, the U.S. Baha'i Office of Public Affairs hosted a two day workshop of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative, SCORAI.April 4, 2017 many faith leaders in the DC area participate in an ongoing series of Faith & Race Dialogues held by the U.S. Baha'i Office of Public Affairs.OPA's Negar Abay, 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.
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.