Human rights activist and Seattle dentist Mahvash Khajavi-Harvey is the author of Daylight Forever, a debut memoir about her heroic and lonely escape from a terror-filled childhood as a Baha’i in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution and the Iraq-Iran War.
Her memoir illuminates the effects of revolution, war, religious persecution, women’s oppression and the denial of education and basic human rights — and the lengths to which refugees will go to find a new life. Her daring journey is the only possible option for a frightened teenager who seeks safety, hope, freedom, education and a place to call home.
Dr. Harvey, now an American citizen with a physician husband and three beautiful children, lives in Seattle, Washington.
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you"
Dr. Harvey is an outspoken advocate of human rights issues and supports numerous nonprofits including the Mona Foundation, the Tahirih Justice Center and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. She has also served on the board of “Journey with an Afghan School,” a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO), which was founded post 9/11 to build schools for girls in Afghanistan.
A firm believer in the power of community, both far and wide, she has volunteered dentistry services overseas in third-world communities and also provides free dental care in Seattle at homeless clinics every year.
She is greatly troubled by the refugee crisis at the US southern border and elsewhere and hopes Daylight Forever will encourage compassion, tolerance and acceptance in the current debate over immigration, especially child immigration and family separation.
"Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war."
Martin Luther King Jr.
Daylight Forever author Mahvash Khajavi-Harvey writes about her personal journey from Iran to the United States as a 15-year-old refugee. She hopes to instill empathy about the plight of today's immigrants who are fleeing extreme danger in their home countries.