Congressional Advocacy Day

January 30, 2023

On the day prior to the IRF Summit, we will convene a special day dedicated to advocacy and activism on Capitol Hill.  We request all convening organizations to schedule appointments on Capitol Hill during Advocacy Day, either virtually or in person, around issues affecting their respective causes.  Each convening organization is encouraged to organize their own appointments and meetings and to set whatever agenda for those meetings they feel appropriate relating to their own community.  Separate from that agenda, we request each convening organization to share the following points affecting the broader international religious freedom community.

  1. Mentioning the IRF Summit event and its objectives; 
  2. Encouraging members of Congress and staff to attend the “In Solidarity with the Persecuted” side event on January 30 from 4:30-5:30 pm at Rayburn 2043-2045; and 
  3. Encouraging members of Congress to join the International Religious Freedom Caucus and designating a Congressional staff person to attend virtual meetings of the IRF Roundtable on a moving forward basis.

We encourage all in-person meetings with Congressional offices to be held on January 30.

Third Annual “In Solidarity with the Persecuted: A Special Briefing for U.S. Congress Members and Staff”

Side Event

January 30, 2023 / 4:30-5:30 pm

Rayburn House Office Building 2044-2045

The briefing followed by Joint Reception by IRF Summit 2023 and IRF Secretariat 

To mark the IRF Summit—and as a culmination to Congressional Advocacy Day—we will once again hold a short program on Capitol Hill that will feature 2-3-minute testimonials of international religious freedom community leaders representing persecuted faith communities speaking on behalf of each other.  We expect to hear from members of Congress during the event.  The side event will feature remarks and observations by Co-Chairs Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett and Sam Brownback.


(limited seating capacity)

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