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.Civil society, government, and media gathered at a May 2017 event highlighting the persecution of the Baha’i community in Iran.Civil society representatives at a global forum organized by the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security in May 2017 at the U.S. Institute of Peace.Leaders of national-level faith-based organizations at an April 2017 Dialogue on Faith and Race convened by the U.S. Baha'i Office of Public Affairs.Panelists at a May 2016 event featuring a screening of the BBC Persian documentary film Iranian Revolutionary Justice and a panel discussion on the film.Participants in an August 2016 consultation organized by the MenEngage Alliance to discuss faith-based approaches to transforming masculinities and social norms for gender justice.USCIRF Commissioner Kristina Arriaga at the public launch of the Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project in April 2016 on Capitol Hill, speaking about the two imprisoned Baha’i leaders in Iran whom she has adopted for the project. Members of the Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Members at WAMU to record a program for Interfaith Voices on May 5, 2016. Civil society and government speakers with representatives of the U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs at a May 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.