National Security

April 19, 2017

How Will Christians Engage Human Rights in Trump Era?

Institute on Religion and Democracy Media Advisory
April 19, 2017
Contact: Jeff Walton office: 202-682-4131, cell: 202-413-5639, e-mail:

“There has rarely been greater urgency and opportunity for America to advocate on behalf of international human rights and religious liberty. Our conversation will articulate how Christian social witness can motivate and inspire more effective action.”
-IRD President and Providence Editor Mark Tooley

Who:   Andrew Doran, Vice President of In Defense of Christians, formerly of U.S. State Department, an attorney & military veteran

Emilie Kao, an attorney & formerly of the U.S. State Department Office of International Religious Freedom

Ian Speir, chancellor to an Anglican diocese and coauthor of the “Genocide Against Christians in the Middle East” report submitted to Secretary Kerry

Travis Wussow, Vice President for Public Policy and General Counsel at the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

What: Distinguished human rights experts offer insights and counsel for U.S. priorities in advocating religious liberty and human rights

Where: National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC

When: April 19, 2017
6 p.m. (EST)

Washington, DC—The Institute on Religion & Democracy’s quarterly publication Providence: A Journal of Christianity & American Foreign Policy will host a conversation at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Christians, International Human Rights, and Religious Liberty in the Trump Era. Following the transition of power in the United States, how ought the character of American foreign policy in the new administration focus on matters of international religious freedom, the rights and security of religious minorities, and the plight of refugees singled out for persecution – including Christians and others targeted for their faith?

Speakers scheduled to appear at the event include Andrew Doran, an expert on U.S. foreign policy and human rights in the Middle East and a past member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO at the U.S. Department of State, Ian Speir, an attorney whose legal focus includes issues around international trafficking and who co-authored  the “Genocide Against Christians in the Middle East” report, international human rights attorney Emilie Kao, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission Vice President for Public Policy and General Counsel Travis Wussow, and Providence Managing Editor Marc LiVecche.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 at 529 14th Street NW in Washington, D.C. A brief reception will precede the conversation. Advance RSVP is required: contact Joseph Rossell at 202-682-4131 or

A live stream of the event can be viewed on the Providence website here:

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