Washington D.C. — July 13-15, 2021


Day 1

Tuesday, July 13

8:00 – 8:45 am

Congressional Advocacy Day Kick-Off Breakfast

Sponsored by Belmont House, 314 Independence Ave SE.

2:00 – 7:00 pm

Registration open

4:00 – 6:30 pm

Exhibit Hall open

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Side Event – Group 1
  • Falun Dafa Association in Washington DC
  • Anglican Church In North America
  • The DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation
  • Indian American Muslim Council

5:00 – 5:45 pm

In Solidarity with the Persecuted

Special Event on Capitol Hill for Congressional Advocacy Day (Limited Attendance Due To Capitol Restrictions.)

5:15 – 6:15 pm

Side Event – Group 2
  • The Center for International Religious Liberty at CUA Columbus School of Law 
  • China Coalition
  • A Demand for Action
  • Action Alliance for Redress of 1219
  • Save the Persecuted Christians

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Opening Reception

Day 2

Wednesday, July 14

7:15 – 8:45 am


Sponsored by the Barnabas Fund

Breakfast with Asia Bibi

Hear her testimony of persecution and triumph.

8:45 am – 6:15 pm

Exhibit Hall open during breaks

9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Morning Plenary Session
Big Surveillance and the Rise of Technology in Persecution

Keynote: Nancy Pelosi (invited)

Panel: Henry Cuellar, Chris Smith, Nury Turkel, Dan Nadel (invited)

Addressing Genocide: Preventing and Recovering from Religious Cleansing

Keynote: Mike Pompeo (invited)

Keynote: Administrator Samantha Power (invited)

Panel: Mark Green, Rita Stephan, Adlay Kejjan

Refugee Protection

Panel: Frank Wolf, David Alton, Melissa Rogers (invited), Anurima Bhargava, and Nina Shea

12:45 – 1:45 pm


Sponsored by Open Doors

Defending and Advancing Religious Freedom Globally: Perspectives from the Front Lines

1:45 – 2:45 pm

Side Event, Group 3
  • BYU Law — International Center for Law and Religion Studies
  • International Christian Concern
  • For the Martyrs
  • Family Research Council
  • Youth Track Session
  • Uyghur Human Rights Project

3:15 – 5:15 pm

Afternoon Plenary Session
Contextualizing IRF: The Founders of the Movement and Thought Leaders

Keynote: Secretary of State Tony Blinken (invited)

Panel: Imam Magid, David Saperstein, Tom Farr. David Curry

Financial Engagement Opportunities for Advancing International Religious Freedom

Panel: Zeenat Rahman, James Chen, Tina Ramirez, Imam Magid, Eric Patterson

IRF in Economy, National Security and Accountability

Panel: Chris Coons, James Lankford

Keynote: Kathy Ireland (invited)

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Ecumencial Christian Prayer Service

Sponsored by In Defense of Christians at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral

6:30 – 8:00 pm


Sponsored by ADF

Highlighting Rising Persecution in Nigeria, featuring high-level government and religious actors, as well as civil society leaders from Nigeria

8:30 – 10:30 pm

Social Hour

Sponsored by Philos Project at Lebanese Taverna

Day 3

Thursday, July 15

8:30 – 11:30 am

Morning Plenary Session
Legal Structures of Persecution and Religious Discrimination

Keynote: Prime Minister of Sudan (invited)

Panel: Knox Thames, Ro Khanna (invited) Archbishop Warda, Patrick Sookhdeo

The Rising Tide of Religious Nationalism

Keynote: Archbishop Elpidophoros

Panel: Benedict Rogers, Ewelina Ochab, Archbishop Angaelos

IRF Secretariat Segment: Governments that Advance Religious Freedom and The Global Movement

12:30 – 4:00 pm

Exhibit Hall open

12:30 – 1:45 pm


Sponsored by Family Research Council

Sanctioned by China: Hearing from high-level U.S. government officials and Chinese victims of religious persecution.

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Side Event, Group 4
  • Barnabas Aid
  • IRF Roundtable
  • Religious Freedom Institute 
  • China Aid Association
  • Alliance Defending Freedom
  • The Philos Project

3:15 – 4:15 pm

Side Event, Group 5
  • IRF Secretariat
  • Hindu American Foundation
  • Presbyterian Church of Taiwan
  • G20 Interfaith Forum
  • In Defense of Christians
  • World Uyghur Congress

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Side Event, Group 6
  • Jubilee Campaign
  • Hudson Institute’s Working Group on Christians & Religious Pluralism in the Middle East
  • Religious Freedom Coalition
  • Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA
  • HIAS
  • Bruderhof

6:00 – 6:30 pm

General Reception

Light hors d’oeuvres

6:45 – 9:45 pm

Closing Dinner
Hope for the Future: Civil Society and American Global and Multilateral Leadership

Keynotes: Cardinal Dolan and Yahya Cholil Staquf

Presentation of IRF Hero Awards