Accomplishments

Milestone Accomplishments

2014

Genocide Recognition for ISIS Victims

In 2014 IDC arranged a meeting between President Barack Obama and Middle Eastern Church leaders. This was the first gathering of its kind to occur.

IDC built a successful coalition of Eastern and Western Christians to advocate with Congress and the White House for an official declaration of Genocide directed at ISIS for their crimes against Christians and Yazidis in Iraq and Syria. Congress and the White House both recognized this genocide in 2016.

2017

Direct U.S. Aid to Christian Victims of ISIS’ Genocide

Vice President Mike Pence announces the U.S. will provide direct aid to Christian and Yazidi victims of ISIS genocide at IDC’s annual summit in 2017.

IDC worked with Vice President Mike Pence to secure over $315 million in humanitarian aid for Christians in Iraq and Syria. Projects are currently being implemented on the ground in the Nineveh Plains.

2018

Enacting New U.S. Law to Support Persecuted Middle Eastern Christians

President Donald Trump signing the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief Act into law in 2018.

IDC worked with Congressman Chris Smith and Congresswoman Ana Eshoo to pass the 2018 Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act, which established a new U.S. policy to directly aid Middle Eastern Christians who have survived the ISIS Genocide.

2019

Ensuring U.S. Support for Christians in Lebanon

IDC President Toufic Baaklini with Lebanese Defense Minister, Elias Bou Saab, visiting Lebanese Army outpost on the boarder of Syria.

IDC has worked closely with the U.S. State Department, the Defense Department, and Congress to ensure continued U.S. security aid for the Lebanese Army, and programs that provide stability and security for Christian communities in Lebanon.

2019

The House of Representatives and the Senate Officially Recognize the Ottoman Empire Genocide Against its Christian Community

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to recognize the Armenian Christian Genocide on October 29, 2019.

Shortly after, it was also recognized by the Senate.

IDC worked closely with the Armenian National Committee of America and Democratic and Republican Members of Congress to draft and pass Armenian Christian Genocide Recognition in the House of Representatives and the Senate. IDC is committed to ensuring recognition of this genocide, where over 3 million Christians were killed, every year in both the House and Senate. This includes Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Arameans, and Maronites.

2020

Senate passes S.R.682 to support Lebanon, the last haven for Christians in the Middle East

On August 4, 2020, Lebanon was rocked by an explosion at the Port of Beirut. The explosion took the lives of hundreds of people, displaced hundreds of thousands and caused billions in damages. In Defense of Christians worked with a number of Senators to ensure that S.R.682 was passed to support the last haven for Christians in the Middle East.

“This resolution expresses the Senate’s affirmation that U.S. assistance should be delivered directly to the Lebanese people following the recent explosion in Beirut. Further, it calls on Lebanon to conduct a transparent investigation into the cause of, and responsibility for, the explosion and to prioritize policies and programs that advance the interests of the Lebanese people.”

2021

President Joe Biden Recognizes the Armenian Genocide

Thank you President Biden for recognizing the Armenian Genocide

IDC commends President Joe Biden for becoming the first U.S. president to recognize the Armenian Genocide, the systematic killing of 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 to 1923. This historic recognition is a positive first step toward rectifying a historic injustice committed against the Christian faithful at the hands of the Ottoman Empire.IDC also remembers the additional 1.9 million Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Arameans, and Maronites who were also killed for their Christian faith.

Read President Biden’s statement: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/04/24/statement-by-president-joe-biden-on-armenian-remembrance-day/

Successful Initiatives

Giving Middle Eastern Christians a Voice in Washington, DC

Inaugural IDC Summit in 2014 giving Church leaders
from the Middle East a national platform in the US for the first time.

IDC regularly consults with Middle Eastern Christian churches and leaders to ensure that their needs are vocalized in Congress and with the White House. IDC briefs Members of Congress and federal agencies every day to ensure that employees of government branches continue to receive updated information on what Middle Eastern Christians are experiencing on the ground. IDC also works to facilitate meetings directly between Middle Eastern Christians and government officials.

Mobilizing Local Communities

Fr. Charles Khachan and the IDC San Antonio Chapter meet with Congressman Joaquin Castro in June 2018 at his local district office in San Antonio to brief him about Christians in Egypt and Lebanon.

IDC advocates pose for a photo in the middle of the 2017 IDC Summit Advocacy Day.

IDC works with churches across the U.S. to channel their concerns for Christians in the Middle East into activism. IDC has organized hundreds of meetings between local advocates and their Members of Congress across the U.S. and has brought in thousands of activists from across the world to Washington, D.C. to advocate for the U.S. to stand with Middle Eastern Christians.