Guided by beliefs in the inherent dignity of the human being, the fundamental equality of all people, and the vital importance of justice, the U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs (OPA) has been actively engaged in human rights work in the United States for over 30 years.
The Office works extensively on issues of religious persecution, particularly the persecution of the Baha’i community abroad, most notably in Iran, as well as on international religious freedom more broadly. OPA has actively engaged in efforts to promote U.S. ratification of key international human rights treaties and to strengthen U.S. engagement with international institutions and mechanisms. Representatives of OPA have likewise been involved in initiatives to support global justice and U.S. engagement with the international criminal justice system, particularly the International Criminal Court. OPA also works in coalitions dedicated to ending human trafficking and modern-day slavery at home and around the world. The Office is deeply committed to racial justice and racial unity and is engaged in the discourse on race in the United States.
In all its areas of work, OPA seeks to work collaboratively with governmental and civil society partners to advance public discourse and policy advocacy around a range of civil and human rights issues.