Ali Rahnama

Legislative Manager, Immigration & Refugee Program


Ali Rahnama

Ali Rahnama is the legislative manager for FCNL's immigration and refugee program. In this capacity he leads FCNL’s lobbying efforts to achieve a more equitable, compassionate, inclusive, and flexible immigration system.

Ali brings to FCNL extensive experience as a civil rights and immigration attorney and a social justice advocate focusing on immigration and refugee issues. He has a profound and specialized working knowledge of the Refugee Convention, Immigration and Nationality Act, and their legislative history, and has worked on improving the global immigration system for years.

Prior to joining FCNL, Ali worked as Legislative Counsel for the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), serving as a key legal, policy, and strategic advisor to the organization. He previously served as an attorney advisor and legislative counsel for the DC government. Ali has also worked with a number of African governments and non-government actors in order to improve local legal processes and to assist them in prosecuting human and civil rights violations in regional courts. He worked for the UN special rapporteur for crimes against humanity, drafting several clauses of a proposed Convention on Crimes Against Humanity for submission to the UN International Law Commission.

A graduate of the George Washington University Law School, Ali focused his legal education on jurisprudence, comparative constitutional law, and human and civil rights advocacy. He enjoys playing soccer and reading literature on epistemology, ethics, governance, and history.

Articles by Ali Rahnama

Update The U.S. Must Welcome More Refugees 

The current administration has cut refugee admissions by more than 80%, from the historic norm of 95,000 to just 18,000 admissions in FY 2020. This is the lowest level in the last three decades. Our nation can and must safely resettle more refugees and reunite more refugee families.