for all people
is my passion


I was born overseas and came to Los Angeles as an immigrant fleeing war. We had nothing at first, but because of the incredibly hard work of my parents, my sister and I spent our youth in progressively better conditions. It was their dedication to service that sparked mine. Like many immigrants we experienced our share of discrimination and racism, but also great compassion and generosity.

I have not had a long life, but I hope to. And in the short time I have been on this Earth I have endeavored to help people. I find there to be no greater mission in life than service. Service to my fellow woman and man and to the communities that support us all.

I love people.

I teach students about their rights and their freedoms - those that their ancestors fought for. The right to speak truth to power. The right to practice your faith without persecution. The right to live in safety, privacy and dignity.

I work with others to advise the government on civil rights issues - to ensure that our leaders don't abridge our freedoms in their legitimate quest for safety. I am not always successful.

I’ve started a legal clinic to bring legal care to those who needed it most. A non-profit student organization to mentor young adults. And now a way for people all over the country to fight hate and bigotry by standing up for what is right.

I can’t do this alone. Join me. Together we can accomplish anything.



Drew University - February 24

teaching this semester



"Four Ways to Fight Hate" - U.S. News & World Report

"Firsthand stories about the refugee experience ..." - USC News

My book 
Understanding Homeland Security: Foundations of Security Policy

debuts Fall 2017
by Routledge Press


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I love to engage audiences, particularly young people and entrepreneurs, about their passion for justice, equality and fairness.  I lead workshops on a weekly basis with corporate executives, students and leaders in government and non-profits about how they can foster a culture of inclusion and thoughtful diversity to create a kickass community of customers, constituents and supporters.

Selected previous speaking engagements

The profound respect people have for Ehsan is mirrored in the way he treats them. He has a professional, yet confident manner that while disarming, is incredibly powerful as it relates to his knowledge of various laws, policies, mandates and related regulations across a vast spectrum of civil rights and security issues. Incredibly, he has the same resonance on the international stage.
— Dr. Erroll Southers, University of Southern California

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Knowing Ehsan means to know his mission – it is hard to miss his passion for serving others and advancing their rights. In fact, Ehsan’s career is marked with a deep and abiding interest in serving others which he achieves with remarkable ingenuity.
— Shaarik H. Zafar, U.S. Department of State

RECENT speaking engagements

January 21, 2017
Roll Up Your Sleeves
Washington, DC

February 13, 2017
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

January 31, 2017
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

January 26, 2017
Pacific Council on International Policy
Los Angeles, CA

January 20, 2017
University of San Diego
San Diego, CA

March 13, 2017 MEND Poverty Los Angeles, CA

March 13, 2017
MEND Poverty
Los Angeles, CA

March 2017 U.S. Department of State Washington, D.C.

March 2017
U.S. Department of State
Washington, D.C.

April 6, 2017 Merrimack College Boston, MA

April 6, 2017
Merrimack College
Boston, MA

April 2017 Team Rubicon Los Angeles, CA

April 2017
Team Rubicon
Los Angeles, CA

May 1, 2017 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge, MA

May 1, 2017
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Cambridge, MA