2024 Schedule

MondayPre-Summit events
Monday 9:00amKick-Off Breakfast by Belmont-Abbey College (201 AB Capitol Hill Visitor Center)
Monday 10:00am-4:00pmDay of Advocacy (individually-schedule meetings on the Hill)
Monday 10:00am-11:30amIRF Roundtable (RSVP required – Room 216 Hart Senate Office Building)
Monday 11:30am-3:00pmExpected panel events on Nigeria and Armenia to track legislative agenda (201 AB Capitol Hill Visitor Center)
Monday 4:00pm-5:15pm“In Solidarity with the Persecuted” Event (Rayburn Gold Room)
Monday 5:00pmEarly registration opens
Monday 6:00pmOpening Reception (invite-only)
TuesdaySummit Begins
Tuesday 8:00amRegistration open (all day)
Lounge and art galleries open (all day)
Meta Activation (all day)
Tuesday 8:30amWorkshop: Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Enforcement and Corporate Responsibility
Tuesday 9:00amExhibit area opens
Tuesday 9:45amPlenary Session 1:
  • What is IRF, and What is it Not?
Tuesday 10:30amNetworking / Refreshments
Tuesday 11:00amBreakout Session 1
  • Minorities in the Middle East (Vulnerable track)
  • Religious Freedom Violations in Times of War & Conflict (Violations track)
  • Media for IRF (Voices track)
  • Law and Religion: Legal Victories & Tools for IRF (Victories track)
Tuesday 12:00pmTransition
Bookstore open (12-4pm)
Tuesday 12:15pmTuesday Sponsored Lunch (International Center for Law and Religion Studies at BYU)
Tuesday 1:15pmTransition
Tuesday 1:30pmPlenary Session 2:
  • IRF in the Context of National SecurityIRF in the Context of Modern CultureIRF in the Context of Human Rights
Tuesday 3:15pmNetworking
Bookstore signing event with artist Hannah Rose Thomas
Tuesday 3:30pmBreakout Session 2

  • IRF and Intersectionality; and Blasphemy and Apostasy Laws in South Asia (Vulnerable track)
  • Violations in Surveillance States; and Violations Against Indigenous and Occupied Religious Communities (Violations track)
  • Innovation for IRF (Voices track)
  • Global Spotlight on Victories for IRF; and Bridgebuilding Victories (Victories track)
Tuesday 5:00pmVIP Reception (invitation only – IRF Secretariat)
Networking / Refreshments
Tuesday 5:30pmPrivate Screening of October 7 Footage (RSVP Required – Philos Project)
Tuesday 6:00pmTuesday Sponsored Dinner (Alliance of Virtue)
Tuesday 7:00pmAfter-hours reception (Meta) (space limited – register here)
Special film showing of The Hong Konger with moderated discussion
Wednesday 8:00amWednesday Sponsored Breakfast (Radiant Foundation)
Exhibit area opens (8am-2pm)
Lounge and art galleries open
Wednesday 9:00amNetworking / Refreshments
Bookstore opens (9am-1pm)
Wednesday 9:30amPlenary Session 3:
  • Challenges in India for Non-Majority Faiths
  • Women in IRF Leading the Way
Wednesday 11:00amNetworking / Refreshments
Bookstore signing event
Wednesday 11:45amWednesday Sponsored Lunch (Universal Peace Federation/Washington Times Foundation)
Wednesday 11:45amGrab-and-go networking lunch
Wednesday 12:45pmTransition
Wednesday 1:00pmBreakout Session 3
  • Chinese POCs; and Workshop on Defending Freedoms Project (Vulnerable track)
  • Violations in Western Democracies; and Concerning Trends in Latin America (Violations track)
  • Corporate Responsibility for IRF (Voices track)
  • U.N. FORB Religious Advocacy Strategy; and Legislative Workshop (Victories track)
Wednesday 2:00pmWhat You Do Matters training session (space limited – register here)
Wednesday 2:00pmEngaging International Bodies with Evidence of Human Rights Violations training (space limited – register here)
Wednesday 5:00pmClosing reception hosted at USIP (What You Do Matters)
*Participants may not bring signs or banners to any event. All bags, packages, etc. subject to search at all events.

Breakout Track Themes

In addition to the plenary stage program, attendees of IRF Summit 2024 also get to take part in a number of exciting breakout sessions, each with their own theme. The four breakout tracks–Vulnerable, Violations, Voices, and Victories–will run concurrently and are interspersed between other Summit functions, allowing participants to dive deep on their chosen area of interest.


The Vulnerable track seeks to highlight the stories and perspectives of survivors of religious persecution. We are providing a forum to learn more about how IRF violations have personally impacted these individuals and communities and how their resilience has inspired others to hope, endure, and advocate for greater freedom of religion and belief everywhere.


The Violations track will offer a geography-based exploration of global areas of concern for religious freedom restrictions and abuses. We will platform all regions of the world, provide unique perspectives on regional challenges, and seek to highlight both well-documented and underreported violations in order to provide a comprehensive perspective of IRF challenges 


The Voices track will serve as a practical track, providing a venue for those who work on the ground and report on religious freedom issues to share their best practices with the larger IRF community. Through sharing stories, experiences, successes, challenges, and lessons learned, the featured “Voices” will aim to teach and inspire action across the globe.


Victories will celebrate the successes that the IRF movement has had to date and will examine opportunities for forward momentum. Though the fight to protect and expand religious freedom continues, this track provides an opportunity to celebrate and learn from the victories that we have had in public awareness, legislative action, and on-the-ground progress.

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