Assembly of Turkish American Associations
The Assembly of Turkish American Associations is the preeminent umbrella organization of Turkish American associations throughout the United States, Canada and Turkey, dedicated to pursing the interests of Turkish Americans and Friends of Turkey in Washington and beyond. Founded in 1979 in Washington, DC, ATAA has established itself as an influential player in strengthening the relationship between the United States and Turkey. To fulfill its mission, objectives and strategic plans, ATAA follows an outline that includes a wide array of activities. These activities include educational seminars on grassroots advocacy and civic leadership; conferences on contemporary political, social and economic issues related to Turkey and Turkish American relations; cultural events to share Turkey’s rich traditions, art and heritage; leadership seminars aimed at guiding component associations in compliant operation; as well as numerous charitable activities for Turkish and American causes. As the principal umbrella organization for Turkish Americans, ATAA regularly publishes reference material on issues that affect the Turkish American community, including position papers, power point presentations, booklets and electronic communications. ATAA also has an extensive reference center, in which educators, the media and the general public may purchase materials by prominent authors on Turkey-related issues. ATAA is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization.