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SCE welcomes Hannah to our family of volunteers!

About Hannah Bahmanpour (Canada)

Hannah was born in Tehran, but her parents immigrated to Canada when she was seven years old, in hopes of liberty and a better future. Since childhood she has known that she wants to spend her life advocating and helping others in the fight for human rights.

Currently, Hannah is completing her undergrad in a Bachelor of Honours in Criminology, and hopes to continue by obtaining a Masters degree in public policy or international relations and finally pursuing a law degree.  In addition, she is an executive member of the Criminology Society, a member of AIDWYC (Association in the Defence for the Wrongly Convicted), a police auxiliary officer and a certified mediator working on the Iranian Family Well-Being Project.

After hearing about Nazanin Afshin-Jam’s work to save Nazanin Fatehi from execution, Hannah felt certain that this was the direction she wanted her life to head towards.  She will be managing the SCE twitter and Iranian.com blog and is working towards expanding SCE to facilitate a group of volunteers in Toronto. 

Hannah says: “With all of the hard work and continuous fight for justice, I am optimistic that we will see change in the near future!”

To meet other SCE Team Volunteers visit:  https://www.stopchildexecutions.com/about_us.aspx
To join SCE visit: https://www.stopchildexecutions.com/joinus.aspx

A Change in SCE




 Due to new time constraints and responsibilities, David Etebari will no longer be able to continue his role as the Vice President and Campaign coordinator of Stop Child executions. He has been  instrumental in the formation and continuation of SCE as he has assumed the majority of research and editorial segments of SCE news updates. We are happy that David will remain on board by holding an advisory and supportive role to SCE.

In an email to the SCE team of volunteers David wrote: 
 ” As I indicated in my recent article( http://scenews.blog.com/4040738/ ), the will to Stop Child Execution has now rooted in the awareness of the Iranians and the world. Nazanin with our support has already lighted up the fire on the subject of child executions while it used to only be a small subject to occasionally complain about. Today so many organizations and individuals are united behind this issue and many have jointly signed petitions and issued statement with us. Today the fire that Nazanin started and you carried is shinning. Such leaps of conscious are irreversible and it is only a matter of time before the world will only remember such barbaric practices in the chapters of history

 With your selfless efforts SCE, now the leading world organization on the subject of child execution, was formed less than 2 years ago. SCE is now well respected in Iran and the world. It is not a week that a human rights organization, activist, attorney, family member of a juvenile, etc do not contact us for help, advise, information, assistance or coordination. We have been on many major and small medias and named on so many news pieces and blogs worldwide. Today we have sites on Wikipedia, youtube, myspace, orkut, iranian.com, facebook, care2, gather and manage a discussion forum . All this was made possible with your efforts without receiving one penny by any of us and in contrast some of us even have financially donated to SCE. Thanks to the initiation of D.W. Duke , SCE is now an official non-profit organization and that is why we have dropped the word “campaign” from your name for a while.  We now have published the most comprehensive list of solutions to end child execution in Iran. …..and the long list continues ………

 But Most importantly in addition to raising awareness you have saved lives and brought hope and smile to the faces of children facing execution and their families .

 By raising awareness and pointing everyone to the real nature of Iran’s government; Million signature campaigns for gender equality, Stop Child Executions and others everyday chisel the foundation of the barbaric regime in Iran. These efforts will eventually lead to the collapse of a regime that is a threat to Iranians and the world. But eventually Iran’ solution is a political one by Iranians, with the support of the world, uniting regardless of their differences under the common secular belief of respect for independence, freedom, justice and human rights .”

In response Nazanin Afshin-Jam the President and Co-founder of Stop Child Executions wrote: 
“I feel so blessed to have met David Etebari years ago when we were campaigning to save Nazanin Fatehi from death row. I feel blessed to have met such a devoted and selfless individual who gave every cell of his being to our campaign. I feel blessed to have made a good friend, someone I could lean on in times when I felt too emotionally exhausted to continue. David’s resilience kept me bounding. I am most grateful to David who has spent the last few years devoting half the day to SCE and other important human rights issues and taking a tremendous loss in his own affairs for the sake of others. …. I can honestly say that I could not have done this without David. That said, all of you play such an important “piece of the pie”. David, you have been such a shining star and thank you for being there for us, when we most needed it .”

SCE’s legal council and officer DW Duke wrote:
“Nazanin is the face of SCE but David is the backbone….I have to echo Nazanin’s comments.  David is a rare and unique human being.  His contributions to SCE are immeasurable….. I know that his contributions to SCE will remain as our cornerstone forever and he will always be part of us but it will not be the same as when he was the First Mate of our ship.  … As he moves into his new endeavors he will always be loved and respected by those who have come to know him.” 

About David Etebari (USA)

David Etebari is the co-founder of Stop Child Executions . Born in Tehran, Iran he has lived in the USA for 30 years. David has written many articles for major internet sites and blogs and he also has created video collages posted on YouTube and Google, some seen by more than 300,000 viewers.. Since the early days of the campaign to save Nazanin Fatehi, David spent countless hours bringing worldwide awareness to the plight of minors facing execution in Iran. He initiated the myspace site for Nazanin Fatehi which was viewed by more than 100,000 visitors. He later created the myspace page for Delara Darabi. The two sites were among the most interactive internet sites to address the issue of minors facing execution. He also initiated the Wikipedia pages for Nazanin Fatehi, Delara Darabi and the Stop Child Executions.
As the former campaign coordinator and vice president of Stop Child Executions, David played a major role in planning, organization and coordination of the SCE as well as research and editorial of the SCE news updates. David Etebari currently maintains an advisory and support role at SCE.



Thank you Nazanin, thank you EVERYONE

Respectful greetings to Miss Nazanin Afshin Jam,

I am Mohammadreza Latif brother of Mohammad Latif.

I have much respect for you, for I have observed your minute by minute efforts on behalf of Mohammad Latif and how much you devoted your time and life to this important matter. We are very thankful and appreciate all your selfless efforts which lead to saving the life of our Mohammad. As I had stated in my first email to you, I was very optimistic when referring our plea to you. A strange insight was telling me that you would become the savior of Mohammad’s life and eventually that is what happened.

It was the attorney that you introduced who helped from the beginning to the end, from the defense to the final mediations. You accepted to help Mohammad and as long as I am alive, the name of Nazanin Afshin-Jam will be an unforgettable name for all of our family. Your support was the reason for the gift of new life to Mohammad. Every time we visited Mohammad in prison we told him about your efforts and that gave Mohammad the rays of hope during those hopeless days.

Indeed you have become the voice of those who are voiceless as Mohammad was and I would like to congratulate you on this achievement. I also wish to thank all your colleagues at the Stop Child Executions Campaign and especially extend my utmost appreciation and thanks to Mr. David Etebari and the valuable attorney, Mr. Mostafaei. We wish success, health, happiness and in one word all that is good for you.

Mohammad and our family hope to be able to talk to you personally on the phone and we wish that you remain the shining star in the dark nights of the unfortunates and hope that all can enjoy such light.

Mohammadreza Latif

Dear Mr. Latif,

I was so overjoyed when I found out that Mohammad was saved that tears came to my eyes.

Attorney Mr. Mostafaei is a great man and I am happy that he was able to take on Mohammad’s file. Stop Child Executions campaign and its volunteers really worked hard to raise awareness about Mohammad and the other minors condemned to execution in Iran to international bodies like governments worldwide, the European Union, the United Nations and the media worldwide. David Etebari who is the co-founder of our campaign in particular put much time and heart in these efforts.

In our petition to put an end to the executions of minors, we have close to 15,000 signatures. Here is a list of only a few who have helped in the case of Mohammad and others.

Nazanin Afshin-Jam

Meet Aubrey Harris

Nazanin Afshin-Jam and SCE thank Aubrey Harris for his help and contributions to the Stop Child Executions Campaign. To read more about Aubrey and other SCE volunteers visit: https://www.stopchildexecutions.com/about_us.aspx
To join SCE family of volunteers please visit: https://www.stopchildexecutions.com/joinus.aspx  

About Aubrey Harris (Amnesty International Liaison)

Born in England, Aubrey moved to Canada with his family when he was 2 years old. Aubrey lives and works in Toronto, Ontario and is the Coordinator for the Campaign to Abolish the Death Penalty for Amnesty International’s Canadian Section (English-Speaking Branch). He holds an honours degree in philosophy from the University of Western Ontario and is also active with the Australian Football in Canada. In 2005 Aubrey was a member of Northwind, AFL Canada’s national football team, traveling to Australia for the International Cup. He is also a former Royal Canadian Sea Cadet who trained and worked as a medical assistant in British Columbia and achieved the ranks of Chief Petty Officer Second-Class and Regulating Petty Officer at his corps.

As the liaison with Amnesty International Canada, Aubrey works with Stop Child Executions and Amnesty International to help coordinate and communicate the efforts of both organizations to end child executions everywhere. Amnesty International works to end all forms of executions as a violation of articles 3 and 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

SCE welcomes its newest team member

Nazanin Afshin-Jam and our team at the Stop Child Executions Campaign welcome Aida from Canada to our family of volunteers.

Aida was born 7 years after the 1979 revolution in Iran. Being political activists and in fear of their lives, Aida’s parents were forced to flee Iran when Aida was only 6 months old. After a long journey Aida eventually arrived in Canada at the age of 5 but her father had passed away before they completed their journey. “I am here now and following in his footsteps…I want Iran to change for the better,” Aida says.

She is now attending college and is planning to finish her studies in Political Science and International relations. After hearing about Nazanin Fatehi’s campaign and petition, Aida helped gather signatures and created a Nazanin Fatehi support group on facebook. Aida has been a supporter of the campaign to stop child execution and is currently managing the SCE site on Orkut.com.

Meet SCE's newest family member : Lucy Biltz

A true family woman with strong morals and values, Lucy is a single mom with two sons. She lives in Warsaw Indiana and is moving through life with physical disabilities. Lucy is a humble & loving person who is admired and respected by all who know her. Lucy raised her two boy’s Zach and Chris and managed to get them thru school working at an established golf club as a Pantry Chef. Lucy’s sons are still her main focus of her life and through her own struggles and the love for her own children and her family has come to recognize the importance of the work being done by the Stop Child Executions Campaign. As a mother, Lucy is driven by the simple fact that she cannot imagine what it must be like to have a child awaiting execution. Lucy has been an active supporter of the SCE, Nazanin Fatehi and Delara Darabi campaigns on myspace. Lucy has just started a site on the ning network.

Lucy joins the SCE Campaign and brings her support, compassion & friendship to help enrich the lives of those around her and most importantly to her, to help the minors on death row and their families. Nazanin Afshin-Jam and the SCE Team welcome Lucy to our growing family. 

Lucy will be assisting SCE with campaigning efforts. 

Another volunteer joins SCE Team

Another long time supporter of the Stop Child Executions Campaign officially joined the SCE Camapign. SCE and Nazanin Afshin-Jam welcome Dave Ree to our family of volunteers.

Born in California, Dave grew up in Alabama where he currently makes his home.  After watching a film about Atefah Rajabi, a young girl who was executed at the age of 16 in the Islamic Republic Of Iran, he learned the story of Nazanin Fatehi, another young girl facing execution. Being deeply moved with compassion, he knew he had to do something to help in any way he could. He now campaigns.to help raise awareness and get others involved in saving the lives of Delara Darabi, Reza Alinejad and at least 72 other minors who sit on death row awaiting execution. In addition to campaigning, Dave Rea now manages the Stop Child Executions site at www.care2.com  

SCE Welcomes another new team member

Stop Child Executions Campaign and Nazanin Afshin-Jam welcome another new member to our family of volunteers:

D.W. Duke is a principle in the California law firm of Giardinelli & Duke, APC. He received his Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law. Mr. Duke is a noted lecturer on various legal matters and has published several books on legal topics including Principles of Liberty, a Practical Guide to Constitutional Law, Understanding and Avoiding Medical Malpractice and California Insurance Law. D.W. has been a supporter of the Stop Child Executions Campaign. He will be assisting SCE Campaign with legal research with respect to international convention and obligations and also contributes articles and reports on the subject of Child Executions. 


SCE Campaign welcomes its newest team member

Melanie Needham is not a stranger to those who helped with the campaigns to save Nazanin Fatehi, Delara Darabi and other children facing execution. In addition to restless campaigning she has contribued with many artworks such as paintings of Nazanin and Delara.

Born in Alberta, Canada, Melanie works in the entertainment industry as a career consultant, managing and promoting musicians/artists. She is also an artist/graphics designer. Melanie is a mother to 5 children and this is what led her to start her volunteer work with The Stop Child Executions Campaign, feeling that children throughout the world deserve the same basic human rights as her own children. 

Melanie will be bringing a new energy to the SCE and Delara Darabi pages on myspace. Nazanin Afshin-Jam and the team at Stop Child Executions Campaign warmly welcome Melanie to our family.