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Shireen Shakouri

Niece of FF Dennis Scauso

I learned about September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows in 2022, after reading media reports about how billions of dollars from Da Afghanistan Bank were sitting in purgatory, money that should have beyond question gone to support Afghan humanitarian efforts and stability reforms, but were potentially up for grabs by U.S. interests. 

I could not sit with that knowledge, and decided to look for the helpers. I have been continually impressed by the bottomless capacity for compassion, moral clarity and authority, and hard-won expertise found among the ranks of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. 

As an Iranian-American and the niece of a fallen WTC firefighter, this is the 9/11 family community I would have loved to have since 9/12. I am grateful for this group’s advocacy, experience, intelligence, and perseverance through the years, and proud to be a small part of their vision for the future.

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