Schedule

Monday, June 27

Please be advised: Summit will have on site security and some areas will require a badge credential to access.

CONGRESSIONAL ADVOCACY DAY

Congressional Advocacy Day Kick-Off Breakfast
The Belmont House – 314 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington D.C. Register Here

8:00 to 9:00 AM

USCIRF Briefing: An Unflinching Voice, USCIRF’s Impact on International Religious Freedom
South Congressional Meeting Room (CVC 217) Register Here

1:00 to 2:00 PM

In Solidarity with the Persecuted
Rayburn House Office Building – Gold Room 2168. Register Here

Beth Van Schaack, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice

4:00 to 5:00 PM

Tuesday, June 28

SUMMIT DAY 1 – Renaissance Hotel

Registration Opens

9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Civil Society Congress
Potomac Ballroom

2:00 to 6:00 PM

Segments

Framing the Issue

  • Tom Farr
  • Greg Mitchell

Civil Society Delegation Statements

China’s Hideous Science of Forced Organ Harvesting

  • Nina Shea
  • Ethan Gutmann

Positive Development Story

  • Matius Ho
  • Alwi Shihab 
  • Dr. Ari Gordon

Macedonian State Commission for Relation with Religious Communities and Groups

  • Darijan Sotirovski

What it is like being a journalist exiled from Turkey

  • Abdülhamit Bilici

Transnational Repression Panel

  • Omer Kanet
  • Dolkun Isa
  • Annie Boyajian
  • Andrew Stafford

Solutions to Advancing Religious Freedom in the Face of Rising Persecution

  • Sam Brownback
  • Suzan Johnson Cook 
  • David Saperstein 
  • John Hanford

Opening Reception hosted by Every Home for Christ
Rock Creek Ballroom- tickets required

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Wednesday, June 29

SUMMIT DAY 2 – Renaissance Hotel

Registration Opens

7:00 AM

Religious Prisoners of Conscience Track
Room: 16

  • 8:30AM-9:15AM Solidarity for Victims of Persecution
  • 9:30AM-10:15AM Doubly Persecuted: Montagnard & Hmong Christians in Vietnam
  • 10:30AM-11:15AM Cao Dai Religion – Challenges and Opportunities
  • 11:30AM-12:15PM Inspiring Vietnamese Catholic Youths to Promote ForB
  • 12:30PM-1:15PM Building a Global Campaign for RPOCs
  • 1:30PM-2:15PM Boat People SOS – Protecting Victims of Religious Persecution
  • 2:30PM-3:15PM USCIRF – FoRB Prisoners of Conscience
  • 3:30PM-4:15PM The Plights of Montagnard Christians in Vietnam
  • 5:30PM-6:15PM Algeria – Free Hamid Soudad!
  • 8:00PM-9:00PM AFJV – Multi-faith Prayer for RPOCs

7:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Partner Breakfast hosted by Meta
Rock Creek Ballroom- ticket required

8:00 to 9:00 AM

Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Plenary 1: Why IRF Matters in the Modern World
Potomac Ballroom

This session will reveal the critical overlap between religious freedom and the major sectors of modern life, concluding with an update on the global campaigns launched by the 2021 IRF Summit. Keynotes by Senator Marco Rubio and Minister Yasonna Laoly.

9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Segments

Social Media and Opportunities to Advance IRF

  • Olivia Enos
  • Jeremy Barker
  • Mahi Menon
  • Johnathan Lee

The Government and Religious Life of Its Citizens

  • Mary Ann Glendon
  • Andrew Bennett
  • David Saperstein
  • Allison Ralph

The Intersection of National Security and IRF

  • Mike Pompeo
  • Mary Beth Long
  • Nicole Bibbins-Sedaca
  • David Alton

Global Movement Initiatives

  • Bob Roberts
  • Mohamed Magid
  • Greg Mitchell

Religious Minority Women: Overcoming Persecution

  • Nancy Pelosi
  • Elizabeth Lane Miller
  • Naomi Kikoler
  • Ewelina Ochab
  • Azra Jafari
  • Pari Ibrahim

Partner Lunch hosted by ADF International
Rock Creek Ballroom- ticket required

12:15 to 1:30 PM

Breakout Session One

1:30 to 2:30 PM

Sessions

IRF Roundtable – Multi-Faith Actions in the Public Square
Room: River Birch A

The Heritage Foundation – Victims of “Polite” Persecution: Believers Targeted by Secular Abortion and Gender Activists
Room: River Birch B

Uyghur Human Rights Project & Uyghur American Association
The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act: A Case Study on Economic Leverage to Advance IRF
Room: Anacostia Salon E

Meta – Using Meta to Engage with Your Faith Community
Room: Anacostia Salon D

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA – The Illusion of Equal Citizenship in Pakistan: Discrimination at the Ballot Box and Beyond
Room: 12

Indian American Muslim Council – India on the Brink: Impending Genocide of Religious Minorities
Room: 10

American Baptist Churches USA – Myanmar: A Military Regime Intent on Genocide
Room: 8

Meeting Rooms

IRF Charter – GC Action Planning – The IRF Charter: Origins and Opportunities
Room: 2

Bring Down the China Fire Wall – Take down the China Firewall
Room: 3

Preventing and Responding to Genocide – GC Action Planning
Room: 4

Combatting Antisemitism – GC Global Planning
Room: 5

Breakout Session Two

2:30 to 3:30 PM

Sessions

Religious Freedom Institute – Ukraine – Religious Freedom Under Fire
Room: River Birch A

Family Research Council – Heroic Faith: Hope Amid Global Persecution
Room: River Birch B

International Christian Concern – 2022 Persecutor of the Year Awards
Room: Anacoastia Salon E

The Aspen Institute Religion & Society Program – Boundaries and Borders in Religious Pluralism
Room: Anacostia Salon D

Bruderhof – The Impact of War on Religious Freedom
Room: 12

Presbyterian Church in Taiwan – Religious Freedom and Democracy in Taiwan 
Room: 10

Peace and Justice Committee of CBCUSA – The Suffering of Chin People: IDPs, Refugees, and Religious Freedom in Chin State, Burma
Room: 8

Meeting Rooms

Ending Blasphemy and Apostasy Laws – GC Action Planning
Room: 2

AMMWEC and Empower Women Media – Advancing Religious Freedom and Women’s Rights Among Muslims
Room: 3

Prisoners of Conscience – GC Action Planning
Room: 4

Global Peace Foundation
Room: 5

Plenary 2: Global IRF Snapshot in 2022
Potomac Ballroom

This session will provide a global survey of the state of religious freedom, from the perspective of survivors and faith leaders by region. Keynote by Ambassador Rashad Hussain.

3:30 to 6:00 PM

Segments

Asia-Pacific Regional Focus

  • David Curry
  • Ren Ruiting
  • Arjia Rinpoche
  • Sharifah Shakirah

Africa Regional Focus

  • Mariam Ibrahim
  • Dr. Sunday Onuoha
  • Ayokunle Samson Olasupo Adeniyi
  • Bishop Jude Arogundade

Highlighting Regional Initiatives

  • Greg Mitchell

South and Central Asia Regional Focus

  • Amjad Khan
  • Salima Mazari
  • Vijayesh Lal
  • Jeff King
  • Altynbek Sarsenbayev
  • Anuar Khatiyev
  • Wade Kusack

Western Hemisphere Regional Focus

  • Marek Magierowski
  • Oksana Markarova
  • Matius Pettrula
  • Päivi Räsänen
  • Kevin Roberts

Middle East Regional Focus

  • William Bnyameen
  • Joe Snell
  • Gregory Mansour
  • Nadine Maenza
  • Jeremy Barker

Latin America Regional Focus

  • Sharon Eubank
  • Greg Mitchell

Partner Dinner hosted by IRF Secretariat
Rock Creek Ballroom

6:15 to 8:00 PM

IDC and Institute on Religion and Democracy Ecumenical Prayer Service
The Cathedral of St. Matthew

6:30 PM

Thursday, June 30

SUMMIT DAY 3 – Renaissance Hotel

Registration Opens

7:00 AM

Partner Breakfast hosted by International Center for Law and Religion Studies at BYU Law 
Rock Creek Ballroom- ticket required

8:00 to 9:00 AM

Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Plenary 3: IRF and Government Intersections
Potomac Ballroom

This session will focus on how government interacts with religious freedom issues. Presenters will unpack how alliances, legislation, and lawfare can be used to advance IRF. Keynotes by Minister Joao Lucas Almeida and Rep. French Hill and special message by Fiona Bruce.

9:15 AM to 12:00 PM

Segments

Addressing Rising Antisemitism

  • Michal Cotler-Wunsh
  • Mort Klein
  • Pinchas Goldschmidt

Where We Go From Here

  • Greg Mitchell
  • Eric Patterson
  • Pam Pryor
  • Farahnaz Ispahani

Abrahamic Faiths Can Advance IRF Together

  • Abraham Cooper
  • Michael Herzog
  • H.E. Shaikh Abdulla Bin Rashid Al Khalifa

Prisoner of Conscience Focus

  • USCIRF Commission

IRF Legal Movement – Human Rights Lawfare

  • Michael Farris
  • Steve Perles
  • Brett Scharffs
  • Tehmina Arora

Religious Prisoners of Conscience Track
Room: 16

  • 8:30AM-9:15AM Then and Now: The Persecution of Falun Gong
  • 9:30AM-10:15AM Pictorial Overview of Religious Persecution in Vietnam
  • 10:30AM-11:15AM The Burning of Christian Churches in Chin State, Burma
  • 12:30PM-1:15PM Overturning a Death Sentence and Challenging Blasphemy Laws in Nigeria
  • 1:30PM-2:15PM Mubarak Bala, Nigeria – CASE STUDY: Global Apostasy and Blasphemy Laws
  • 2:30PM-3:15PM Building Leadership for A Powerful Youth Organizing Network
  • 3:30PM-4:15PM Developing Religious Freedom Strategies Among Muslims
  • 4:30PM-5:15PM Advancing Religious Freedom Among Muslims

10:00 AM to 5:15 PM

Partner Lunch hosted by Family Research Council
Rock Creek Ballroom- ticket required

12:15 to 1:30 PM

Breakout Session Three

1:30 to 2:30 PM

Sessions

IRF Secretariat – IRF Secretariat: Building a Global Movement that is Lasting and Influential
Room: River Birch A

China Aid Association – Religious Persecution in Xi’s Digital Tyranny
Room: River Birch B

Action Alliance to Redress 1219 – The 2022 Review of Taiwan’s Implementation of the Two UN Human Rights Covenants and the Tai Ji Men FORB Case
Room: Anacoastia Salon E

ADF International – Recent Trends in Religious Freedom Litigation around the World
Room: Anacostia Salon D

Liberty Counsel – Religious Freedom at Your Own Doorstep
Room: 12

A Demand for Action –Trapped in Limbo: Middle Eastern Christians Living in the Shadow of Genocide
Room: 10

All Dulles Area Muslim Society
Room: 8

Meeting Rooms

For the Martyrs
Room: 3

AAJ Women (Alliance for Absolute Justice-Women)- Muslim Women & The Hijab Ban: A Violation of Religious Freedom
Room: 4

Breakout Session Four

2:30 to 3:30 PM

Sessions

RPOC Track – BPSOS and IRF RT Women’s Working Group – Advocating for Women and Girls Persecuted for their Religion or Belief
Room: River Birch B

Hudson Institute
Room: Anacostia Salon E

United States Institute of Peace – Promoting Religious Freedom Abroad Through Diverse Coalitions and IRF’s Connection to Stability and Security
Room: Anacostia Salon D

International Center for Law and Religion Studies at BYU Law – Human Dignity Initiatives Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the UDHR
Room: 12

Faith & Media Initiative- Faith & Media: Partners for Resilience in Civil Society
Room: 10

In Defense of Christians – Lawfare: For the Peaceful Enforcement of Human Rights
Room: 8

Meeting Rooms

Central American – Regional Planning Meeting
Room: 3

Central Asia – Regional Planning Meeting
Room: 4

Launch MENA – Regional Planning Meeting
Room: 5

Breakout Session Five

3:30 to 4:30 PM

Sessions

RPOC Track – Boat People SOS – Advocacy for the Protection of Victims of Religious Persecution
Room: River Birch B

Combatting Anti-Semitism Track – Paradigm shift: a cross-cultural, common-values approach to rejecting Antisemitism and embracing the Jewish story
Room: Anacostia Salon E

Deseret News – Keep the faith: overcoming barriers to religious expression among the rising generation
Room: Anacostia Salon D

USCCB –Peacebuilding in Midst of Religious Conflicts
Room: 10

The Hungary Foundation – Faith on the Frontlines of the War in Europe
Room: River Birch A

The Tai Ji Men Case Organization – Tai Ji Men: International Ambassadors of Peace and Goodwill and Their FORB-Case
Room: 8

Breakout Session Six

4:30 to 5:30 PM

Sessions

AG Immigration – Asylum for Victims of Religious Persecution
Room: River Birch A

RPOC Track – 21Wilberforce
Strategic Communications in Advocacy
Room: River Birch B

Empower Women Media – GC Women in IRF
Room: Anacostia Salon E

Bellwether International –  Hope for Humanity: Success Stories in FoRB from around the World
Room: Anacostia Salon D

Falun Dafa Association – Pandemic, Persecution, and Pushback—Trends and Analysis from the Suppression of Falun Gong
Room: 12

G20 Forum
Room: 10

Closing Reception
Rock Creek Ballroom

6:30 to 7:15 PM

IRF Impact Awards Gala
Potomac Ballroom

Keynote Coversation between Enes Kanter Freedom and Katrina Lantos Swett. – ticket required

Success Story from Chris Seiple and Ambassador Javlon Vakhabov.

IRF Impact Awards presentation.

7:30 to 10:00 PM

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