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 Representative 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

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?

Update One Year into Trump’s Muslim and Refugee Ban 

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.

Press Release FCNL Hosts White House Rally Against Muslim Ban 3.0 

On September 26, 2017, FCNL along with 13 other organizations hosted a rally behind the White House to protest the Trump administration’s most recent travel ban and proposed refugee cap of 45,000. Activists, reporters, members of Congress, musicians, and general citizens gathered at 6:00 pm to listen to the speakers and express deep opposition to the administration’s discriminatory and exclusionary measures.