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Armenian Assembly of America to Host ‘Fall Advocacy Week’

The Armenian Assembly of America is pleased to invite you to its 2021 Fall Advocacy Week that will take place virtually during the week of September 27, 2021. The 2021 Fall Advocacy Week will address topics covering congressional priorities, human rights issues, and Christians in peril, with a special focus on the one-year anniversary of the 44-Day War in Artsakh.

One Year After the War in Artsakh: Atrocities and Cultural Desecration
Monday, September 27, 2021
11:00 am – Noon EDT

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Christians in Peril
Monday, September 27, 2021
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT

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Working to Make Artsakh Safe & Green
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
11:00 am – Noon EDT

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Fuel Advocacy
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

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Media Matters
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Noon – 1:00 pm EDT

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Armenian Assembly of America Mourns the Passing of Former Board Member Savey Tufenkian

Savey Tufenkian (middle) with her dear friends and fellow Assembly Board Members Elizabeth Agbabian (left) and Flora Dunaians (right)

Assembly Announces Endowed Internship in Her Memory

WASHINGTON, DC – The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) mourns the loss of longtime Assembly Trustee and Board of Directors member, Mrs. Savey Tufenkian.

A leading benefactor of the Assembly’s Summer Internship Program in Washington, DC, she and her husband Ralph contributed immensely to the program by establishing the Richard Tufenkian Memorial Fund, in loving memory of their son Richard, who was an Assembly Summer Internship Program alumnus. The Tufenkians regularly and thoughtfully supported the Armenian American community through a range of initiatives, including educational, cultural, and humanitarian endeavors.

Savey Tufenkian served with grace and distinction as a member of the Assembly’s Board of Directors during the 1990s. Along with then Assembly Board Members Flora Dunaians and Elizabeth Agbabian, Tufenkian was a dynamic force and spearheaded many Assembly initiatives, including the Assembly’s successful Galas in California. Savey and Ralph’s generosity and support throughout the diaspora and in Armenia and Artsakh was extensive and all-encompassing.

The Assembly recognized Ralph and Savey Tufenkian at the Assembly’s Gala in Newport Beach, CA in 2017 for their passion and dedication, especially with regard to the Assembly’s Internship Program.

“On behalf of the Armenian Assembly of America, we express our deepest condolences to her loving husband Ralph and members of her family, including their son and daughter-in-law Greg and Caroline Tufenkian and their children, as well as their daughter and son-in-law Sandra and Paul Kalemkiarian and their children and grandchildren. Savey’s commitment and philanthropic work for the betterment of the Armenian people was exemplary and will be sorely missed,” stated Assembly Board Co-Chairs, Anthony Barsamian and Van Krikorian.

“In her memory and honor, the Assembly is pleased to announce a new endowed internship, the Savey and Ralph Tufenkian Internship,” the Co-Chairs added. “This initiative will provide opportunities for Armenian American students for years to come, as Savey’s legacy continues throughout our community.”

Armenian Assembly of America Co-Chair Anthony Barsamian Travels to Armenia, Meets with Government Leaders

Assembly Co-Chair Anthony Barsamian with Assembly Regional Director Arpi Vartanian during a meeting in Yerevan with Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan

Washington, DC – Anthony Barsamian, Co-Chair of the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly), traveled to Armenia and met with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and former President Robert Kocharyan this summer.

Joined by the Assembly’s Regional Office Director Arpi Vartanian, the meeting focused on relations between Armenia and the United States. Barsamian stated that the Assembly will continue its efforts to enhance Armenian American activism based on mutually shared values.

During the meeting, Barsamian also extended his condolences to the Armenian Republic and families of the soldiers killed in the Artsakh war last Fall.

While in Armenia, Barsamian was interviewed by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, where he elaborated on U.S.-Armenia relations under the Biden Administration and its increased humanitarian assistance and involvement in the region. He commented on the importance of building infrastructure in Armenia, alongside U.S. partnership, to assist in strengthening Armenia’s security and prosperity.

Regarding the post-war situation, Barsamian urged for the immediate release of Armenian prisoners of war and intensified efforts from the OSCE Minsk Group to negotiate a comprehensive peace agreement. Barsamian cited security as the primary issue for Armenia at the moment.

Despite the milestone of U.S. affirmation of the Armenian Genocide, Barsamian noted the work of the Assembly carries on as the international trend of affirmation continues. Barsamian also noted the importance of Turkey coming to terms with its past.

Assembly Co-Chair Anthony Barsamian with former President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan

“This visit provided an important opportunity to strengthen relations and discuss current developments in Armenia and the United States as we all work toward a secure and peaceful Armenia and Artsakh,” said Assembly Regional Director Arpi Vartanian.