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 145 Organizations Call on Congress to Protect Johnson Amendment 

On July 16, FCNL and 144 other organizations sent a letter to Representatives Pete Sessions (TX-32) and James McGovern (MA- 2), respectively the Chairman and Ranking Member on the House Rules Committee. This letter urges them to support amendments in the appropriations bill would that protect the Johnson Amendment.

Letter 49 Members of Congress Send Letter to Senate Opposing AUMF 2018 

On May 15, 2018, a bipartisan group of 49 members of Congress sent a letter to Chairman Corker (TN) and Ranking Member Menendez (NJ) of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee stating their opposition to the AUMF 2018. The letter was led by Representatives Barbara Lee (CA) and Walter Jones (SC).

Letter FCNL and 23 Organizations Send Letter to Senate Opposing Broad War Authorization 

On May 15, 2018, FCNL along with 23 other organizations sent a letter to Chairman Corker (TN) and Ranking Member Menendez (NJ) of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee opposing the new Authorization for Use of Military Force 2018.

Background The AUMF 2018: What Does it Really Authorize? 

On April 16, a bipartisan group of senators led by Tim Kaine (D- VA) and Bob Corker (R- TN) introduced a new authorization for the use of military force in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. While these senators have presented the AUMF 2018 as an opportunity for Congress to exercise more oversight over the executive branch, we believe this bill will extend the existing blank check for war.

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.