Susan Nahvi

Program Assistant, Human Rights and Civil Liberties


Susan Nahvi

Susan Nahvi advocates on behalf of FCNL in the area of Human Rights and Civil Liberties. She concentrates on several issues, including the Muslim travel ban, Islamophobia, and Syrian refugees. She writes articles that appear on FCNL’s website, lobbies members of Congress, and supports the work of Legislative Director Yasmine Taeb.

A graduate of the Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University, Susan wrote her undergraduate thesis on progress achieved for gender equality under the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals. Susan holds bachelor’s degrees in International Politics and French and Francophone Studies. As a part of the Paterno Fellows Liberal Arts Honors Program, she studied abroad in France, volunteered as an English as a Second Language tutor, and studied ethics. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha honors societies.

Before coming to FCNL, Susan worked for the development organization Plan International USA, where she was a member of the Foundation Relations Team. Her duties included prospecting for grants, writing grant proposals, and researching funding strategies. As an intern for Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack of Pennsylvania, Susan attended committee meetings, drafted correspondence, and gathered donations for a charity event hosted by the Lieutenant Governor. At Penn State, she researched de facto states in the country Jordan as a research assistant for Professor Douglas Lemke of the Political Science Department. Susan also served as a Stand for State Ambassador with the Green Dot Campaign, where she raised awareness about sexual assault and relationship violence on college campuses.

Articles by Susan Nahvi

Letter FCNL Urges Senators to Ask Tough Questions on Pompeo 

On April 5, FCNL’s Executive Secretary Diane Randall sent a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee urging them to closely examine Mike Pompeo’s record before voting on his nomination for Secretary of State.

Letter FCNL Sends Letter Urging Senators to Oppose Haspel for Director of CIA 

On April 3, FCNL’s Executive Secretary Diane Randall sent a letter to the Senate urging them to oppose the nomination of Gina Haspel for Director of the CIA.

Letter 20 Senators Send Letter to Appropriations Committee Calling for Full Funding of Refugee Accounts in FY 2019 

On March 26, twenty Senators sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee calling for robust funding of refugee accounts in fiscal year 2019. This letter was lead by Senator Blumenthal, and it stresses the importance of fully funding the refugee programs located in the Department of Health and Human Services and the State Department.

Letter 118 Representatives Send Letter to Appropriations Committee Demanding Full Funding for Refugee Programs 

On March 16, over 100 members of Congress sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee, calling on them to fully fund refugee accounts for the 2019 fiscal year. This letter was lead by Representatives Juan Vargas, Julia Brownley, David Cicilline, John Delaney, Alcee Hastings, Ted Lieu, Bill Pascrell, Bradley Schneider, and Adam Schiff.

Update Bipartisan Hearing on Repealing the 2001 AUMF 

On February 27, 2018, the House Liberty Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus co-hosted an ad-hoc hearing on repealing the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and the need for Congress to have a full debate and vote on war.

Update Spring Lobby Weekend: A Peek inside FCNL 

The first major interaction I had with FCNL was at Spring Lobby Weekend, our annual four-day conference that brings young adults to Washington DC to lobby their members of Congress. My experience at SLW profoundly shaped my view of FCNL and led me to where I am today- working as the Program Assistant for Human Rights and Civil Liberties.

Update Trump’s Executive Order on GITMO: What Does it Mean? 

During the State of the Union address on January 30, President Trump announced that he had signed an Executive Order directing Secretary Mattis to keep the Guantanamo Bay detention center open and “reexamine our military detention policy.” What does this order change, and what could its potential effect be?

Background Trump’s Muslim and Refugee Ban: Where are We Now? 

On January 27, 2017, President Trump announced the first iteration of the Muslim Ban. Since then, advocates, immigrants, and allies have stood together and raised their voices against these discriminatory policies. Looking back over this year of resistance, where are we now?

Update Time for Congress to Reclaim Its Constitutional War Authority 

The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force has provided three presidents with a blank check to wage war without congressional review or approval as required by the U.S. Constitution. But in the last few months, members of Congress from both political parties are starting to question the endless expansion of U.S. wars.

Update #NoMuslimBanEver March 

On October 18, 2017, around 3,000 people gathered in Lafayette Square across from the White House to oppose the travel ban announced on September 24th by the Trump administration. FCNL helped organized this march alongside 10 other organizations as part of the #NoMuslimBanEver campaign, which held events throughout October protesting this ban.