Connecticut: Esmail Dezhbod

Connecticut: Esmail Dezhbod

State: Connecticut

City of Residence: Naugatuck, Connecticut

Country of origin: Iran

Arrival in the U.S.: 2000

Mr. Esmail Dezhbod fled religious persecution in Iran and was resettled to Connecticut with his wife and three young children in 2000. When the Iranian Revolution began, the university he was attending was shut down and the leaders of his place of worship, St. Paul Episcopal Church in Tehran, were arrested. With no one to lead his church, he stepped in and fulfilled the role for almost a decade. Mr. Dezhbod was prevented …

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Virginia: Farjam Behnam

Virginia: Farjam Behnam

State: Virginia

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, …

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