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Faculty / Professor Sign-on: USCIS Grant Humanitarian Parole to Sociologist Dr. Sarvestani

We, university professors around the world, urgently request that you grant immediate humanitarian parole to a dying Iranian sociologist, Dr. Ramatollah Sarvestani (A #097-888-392), whose second application for humanitarian parole is currently pending with your office:

- Dr. Brian L. Rich, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY
- Ali Akbar Mahdi, California State University, Northridge
- Farideh Farhi, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
- Hamid Algar Professor Emeritus of Persian and Islamic Studies University of California, Berkeley
- Muhammad Sahimi, Professor of Engineering, University of Southern California (USC)
- Misagh Parsa, Professor of Sociology, Dartmouth College
- Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, Faculty at UMass Boston
- Nader Hashemi, Professor of Sociology, University of Denver
- Hasan Shahpari, Ph.d., Faculty at Community College of Philadelphia
- Mahmood Monshipouri, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator, Dept. of International Relations, San Francisco State University
- Hamid Zangeneh, Professor and Head of Economics, Finance, and Taxation Department, Widener University
- Mahmoud Sadri, Professor of Sociology, Affiliated Professor of Women’s Studies, Texas Woman’s University and the Federation of North Texas Area Universities 
- Shahla Abghari, Professor of Microbiology, Atlanta, GA
- Cyrus Bina, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics, University of Minnesota
- Heinz Leitner, University of Vienna
- Allegra McLeod, Associate Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
- Jorge Garcia, California State University Northridge
- Irene Vasquez, Director, Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
- Sahra Sedigh Sarvestani, Associate Professor; Missouri University of Science and Technology; Rolla, MO
- Juan Gomez-Quinones, Professor, History Department, University of California, Los Angeles
- Sherifa Zuhur, Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies
- Farzaneh Milani, Professor and Chair, department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Virginia
- David Palumbo-Lio, Stanford University
- Steve Pavey, Senior Research Scientist, One Horizon Institute
- Walter Nicholls, University of Amsterdam
- Mariela Nunez-Janes, Associate Professor, Univesity of Texas
- Kremena Todorova, Associate Professor of English, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY
- Vilma Santiago-Irizarry, Cornell University
- Kamala Platt, Executive Director of the Independent Scholar, Educator and Meadowlark Center
- Kate Perkins, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Campus Ministry
- Edith Vasquez, University of California, Riverside
- Karen Jensen, Faculty at the University of Texas San Antonio
- Marianita Escamilla, Lecturer, University of Texas Pan American
- Sridhar Sunderam, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky, Lexington
- Maziar Behrooz, Associate Professor, San Francisco State University
- Ece Algan, California State University, San Bernardino
- Gretchen Maust, Associate Director, EMU Center for Interfaith Engagement
- Corina Drapaca, Assistant Professor, Penn State University, PA
- David Pommeren, Professor at Missouri University Science and Technology
- Paulette Moore, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Peacebuilding
- Eastern Mennonite University
- Laura Corrunker, ABD, Adjunct Faculty, Wayne State University, Detroit MI
- Dr. Patrick Finn, State University of New York at Buffalo
- Angela Stuesse, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of South Florida
- Kara Karr, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
- Paul Stonehouse, Dr. Paul Stonehouse, Assistant Professor at Simpson University
- Thone Bernard, Regional Program Director, Heart Havens INc.; Richmond, VA
- Bruce Friesen, University of Tampa
- David Ehrenpreis, Professor of Art History, James Madison University
- Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Proffesor an Chair, Department of Sociology, Duke University
- Jackie Cuevas, Syracuse University
- Eric Bonds, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
- Charles Pruett, Emeritus Professor, James Madison University
- Elizabeth Erbaugh, Indiana-Purdue, Indianapolis, IN
- Pual N. Weaver, Bluffton University
- Ben Chappell, Assistant Professor, University of Kansas
- Maxwell Leung, Assistant Professor, California College of the Arts
- Cesar Garcia Herrera, Assistant Professor, Capital University Law School
- Hosein Ahmadi, Tarbiat Modares University
- Laura Sanders, Faculty, University of Michigan
- Laila Taraghi, Instructor, University of Arkansas
- Mohammad Hamad, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
- Frederic Gleach, Senior Lecturer and Curator, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
- Ricardo Rosa, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
- Jeff Gundy, Bluffton University, Bluffton, OH
- Kip Austin Hinton, Assistant Professor, Language, Literacy and Intercultural Studies, University of Texas at Brownsville
- Jennifer Nichols, Kenyon College
- Martha Rees, Anges Scott College
- T.R. Paradise, Professor, University of Arkansas
- Dr. Tony Kashani, Humanities Professor, Brandman University
- Gabriel Gutierrez, California State University, Northridge
- Charles Kurzman, University of North Carolina
- Walda Katz-Fishman, Professor of Sociology, Howard University, Washington D.C.
- Bakary Diaby, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
- William Kenney, Vice President, One Horizon Institute
- Amjad Faur, Assistant Professor, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
- Arianna Rocha, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY
- Sandra Momper, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Social Work
- Judith Wittner, Professor of Sociology, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
- Jose Calderon, Pitzer College Emeritus Professor in Sociology and Chicano Studies
- Susana Munoz, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Denise Sandoval, Associate Professor, California State university, Northridge
- Linda Carty, Syracuse University, NY
- William Perez, Associate Professor, Claremont Graduate University
- Krupa Patel, MS
- Felipe Vargas, Director Campecine Youth Academy
- Maria Chavez, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
- Shaun Reynolds, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
- Emmanuel Antonarakis, Assistant Professor, John Hopkins
- Claire Bolton, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
- Sarah Himmelheber, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
- Ana Maria Serrano Reyes, Universidad Metropolitana Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
- Steven Foley, PhD, Adjunct Lecturer, University of Michigan School of Social Work
- Sarah Pallas, Professor, Georgia State University
- Jaime Cruz, California State University, Northridge
- Thomas Sager, Emeritus Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO
- Amy Agigian, Associate Professor, Suffolk University, Boston, MA
- Kathryn Cronin, University of COlorado at Boulder
- Douglas Parker, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, CSULB
- Sun-Chul Kim, Assistant Professor, Emory University
- Angela Valenzuela, Professor of Education
- Bryan Wright, Portland State University, Portland Oregon
- Yesenia King, Los Angeles Harbor College
- Lorgia Garcia-Peña, Assistant Professor, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
- Rogelio Saenz, Dean, University of Texas at San Antonio
- Michelle Hite, Professor of English, Spelman College
- Bethany Moreton, University of Georgia
- Bruce Gluckman, Associate Professor, Engineering Science and Mechanics, Associate Director, Center for Neural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
- Stephen Leahy, Associate Professor, Shantou University, Shantou, China
- Sanaz Mostaghim, PD, Dr.-Ing., Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
- Danielle Deemer, The Ohio State University, Columbus OH
- Melanie Wattenbargh, CoHaB Doctoral Fellow, University of Mumbai
- Michael McGinnis, Associate Professor, Spelman College, Atlanta GA
- Reza Varjavand, Associate Professor, Saint Xaiver University, Chicago
- Thomas Kemple, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of British Columbia
- Patricia Mueller, Associate Broker, Charles Reinhart Company
- Ronald Aminzade, Professor, University of Minnesota
- Ali Hurson, Professor and Chair, Missouri Science and Technology, MO
- Victoria Hoverman, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
- Shaun Wright, James Madison University
- Sahar Haghighat, Georgie Mason University, Fairfax, VA
- Cindy Hunter, Associate Professor, James Madison University School of Social Work
- José Cuello, Asosicate Professor of History, Wayne State University
- G. Rod Erfani, Professor of Economics, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY
- Paul Carney, Professor, University of Florida
- Francesco Costanzo, Professor, the Pennsylvania State University
- Rachel Haley Himmelheber, Professor, Warren Wilson College
- Theoden Netoff, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota
- Thomas Sager, Emeritus Professor, Missouri University of Schience and Technology, Rolla, MO
- Mohammad Abidian, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Pennsylvania State University
- Zahra Mohaghegh, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
- Fabian Pease, Professor, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
- Elizabeth Orwin, Associate Professor of Engineering, Associate Dean for Research and Experiential Learning, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA
- Golbarg Bashi, Professor at Rutgers
- Nader Entessar, Professor of Political Science & Criminal Justice, University of South Alabama
- Trita Parsi, Ph.D., National Iranian American Council
- Bruce O'Hara, Professor of Biology, University of Kentucky, Lexington
- Zohreh Bayatrizi, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
- Nathalia Peixoto, Goege Mason University
- John Cressman, Assistant Professor, George Mason University
- Rebecca Kellum, Associate Professor, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
- Ken Caine, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta, Edmonton
- Elizabeth Debski, Associate Professor, University of Kentucky
- Joyce Evans, Biomedical Engineering, University of Kentucky
- Monireh Esfahani, Professor of Science, Roxbury Community COllege, Boston, MA
- Srimati Basu, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY
- Richard Westerman, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
- Dr. Ronjon Datta, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, The University of Alberta
- Ellie Galvez-Hard, SSU Professor
- Yasamin Mostofi, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara
- Sachin Talathi, Assistant Professor, University of Florida
- BJ Bryson, Professor, James Madison University
- Akram Hamidian, Payame Noor University
- Barbara Chasin, Professor Emerita, Montclair State University
- Elaheh Bozorgzadeh, Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine
- Tara Javidi, Associate Professor, UC San Diego
- Brian Goldfarb, Assocate Professor, UCSD
- Roshanak Kheshti, Assitant PRofessor, University of California, San Diego
- Kirstie Dorr, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego
- Patrick Anderson, UC San Diego
- Steven Weinstein, Professor, George Washington University
- Ragini Shah, Associate Clinical Professor of Law
- Walter Besio, Associate Professor, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
- Leila Flores-Duenas, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
- Zohreh Bayatrizi, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Sign and add your name to the list. Our goal is 250 faculty sign-ons by Monday, December 2nd.

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The Petition

To: Alejandro Mayorkas, Director of United States Customs and Immigration Services

We, university professors across the country, urgently request that you grant immediate humanitarian parole to a dying Iranian sociologist, Dr. Ramatollah Sarvestani (A #097-888-392), whose second application for humanitarian parole is currently pending with your office.

Dr. Sarvestani is a husband and father to U.S. citizens, and he is currently suffering from prostate cancer and a pelvic tumor. On top of the cancers, Dr. Sarvestani is an amputee and now suffers blood clotting. With his kidneys failing after chemotherapy, doctors in Tehran have stopped treating him. Obtaining prescriptions and medical equipment in Tehran is a costly bureaucratic nightmare and doctors have made it quite clear that medical treatment in the U.S. is the only way to save his life.

His U.S. citizen children sponsored him for an immigrant visa in 2003, which was finally denied in March 2012, after a period of 9 years. Following that denial, his wife and children filed for "humanitarian parole" to bring him into the country, which was also denied. After the parole request was denied and Dr. Sarvestani developed a pelvic tumor, another request for parole was filed with the USCIS. The U.S. government won't state why his case has been continuously denied, and why Dr. Sarvestani cannot join his family in the United States. When queried, a consular officer quoted an INA section "relating to espionage or sabotage" with no further explanation.

This was utterly shocking because, to the best of our knowledge, Dr. Sarvestani has no criminal record and no history of espionage. In fact, he has been regularly criticized as pro-Western academic in Iran. In order to "spy on the U.S.," he would need to be able to talk or move.

Granting humanitarian parole follows the fundamental principles of Dr. Sarvestani’s training and study as sociologist. The American Sociological Association’s Statement Affirming and Expanding the Commitment of the American Sociological Association to Human Rights "recognizes the rights of all peoples to social and personal security." This is why we, as fellow sociologists and academics, stand in support of Dr. Sarvestani and his pursuit of humanitarian parole.

This is a plea for human dignity and compassion. We hope that your office will reconsider the case and allow Dr. Rahmatollah Sedigh Sarvestani to be reunited with his family in the U.S. so that he can get proper medical treatment.

Sincerely,

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