City of Residence: Springfield, Virginia
Country of origin: Iran
Arrival in the U.S.: 2008
Mr. Farjam Behnam was granted asylum in the United States after fleeing Iran in 2008. In Iran Mr. Behnam managed a news website and wrote political bulletins that were widely distributed to embassies, universities, and companies in Iran. The government considered these political reports to be controversial, and Mr. Behnam felt that he was not allowed to write freely about the Iranian government. Because of his work he was invited by Freedom House, a United States-based NGO, to leave Iran and apply for asylum in the United States. He currently lives in Springfield, Virginia and works as an interpreter with Human Rights First, where he helps clients communicate with their attorneys and the courts.
Mr. Behnam is most proud contributing to his community by providing translation and interpretation services. He is honored to be part of the Refugee Congress, and wants to help other refugees and asylees because he understands the challenges faced by those who do not understand the legal system in the United States.
Word for US: Freedom of Expression