IDC 2017 Summit

IDC Summit October 24-26: American Leadership and Securing the Future of Christians in the Middle East

Take Action along with advocates from across the country to protect and preserve Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East.

Highlights

Press Conference at the National Press Club
Ecumenical Prayer Service: Bridging East and West
Policy and Awareness Symposium
Experts and Leaders from Around the World
Grassroots Mobilization
Meet with dozens of Members of Congress and Administration officials

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Fourth Annual

IDC Solidarity Dinner for Christians
in the Middle East
October 25, 2017
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Summit Location

JW Marriott
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004-1796

Credentials Pick Up Begins Tuesday October 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm

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2017 Summit Sponsors

IDC 2017 Solidarity Dinner
Keynote Speaker


IDC 2017 Solidarity Dinner’s
Cedars of God Award Recipient


Special Guests

His Beatitude Patriarch Moran Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rai

His Beatitude Patriarch Moran Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rai

His Beatitude Patriarch Moran Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rai

Patriarch Moran Mor Bechara Boutros al-Rai is the 77th Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and is also a Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He was elected patriarch of the Maronites at age 71, on March 15, 2011 when he succeeded Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir.

He was born in Himlaya, Matn District, Lebanon on February 25, 1940. He attended Collège Notre Dame de Jamhour, a Jesuit school in Lebanon. After entering the Mariamite Maronite Order on July 31, 1962, he was ordained as a priest on September 3, 1976. From 1967-1975, he was responsible for the Arabic programs of Vatican Radio. In 1975, he received a PhD in canon and civil law, and also studied for three years at Lateran University in Rome. He was appointed titular bishop of Caesarea Philippi on May 2, 1986 and consecrated as auxiliary bishop of Antioch on July 12, 1986. In February 2013, he participated as a cardinal elector in the conclave that elected Pope Francis. On November 30, 2013, Rai was appointed membership to the Congregation for Catholic Education by Pope Francis.

His Beatitude John X Yazigi

His Beatitude John X Yazigi

His Beatitude John X Yazigi
His Excellency Archbishop Christophe Pierre

His Excellency Archbishop Christophe Pierre

His Excellency Archbishop Christophe Pierre

Archbishop Pierre was nuncio to Mexico, a position he has held with considerable distinction for the past nine years, since March 22, 2007. He comes to Washington, D.C., as an experienced diplomat, with first-hand knowledge of the dramatic plight of migrants from Central America and Mexico to the United States, and will be able to give voice to Pope Francis’ concern for them.

As nuncio, he is the Holy See’s point man in relations with the U.S. administration and with the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (U.S.C.C.B.). One of his most important roles will be the identification of candidates to be bishops in this country.

Archbishop Pierre is the first Frenchman to be appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. A polyglot, he speaks English and Spanish fluently. He is “a pastor,” known for his “humility and simplicity” and is “excellent on all fronts,” a source who knows him well confided. A fellow nuncio described him as “a thoughtful, hardworking man” and “good listener” with “a great sense of fairness and balanced judgment.”

Rev. Johnnie Moore Founder and CEO of the Kairos Company

Rev. Johnnie Moore Founder and CEO of the Kairos Company

Rev. Johnnie Moore Founder and CEO of the Kairos Company



Special Performance by

IDC 2017 Summit Policy Agenda

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IDC supports the passing of H. Res.252 to promote the security, stability, and independence of Lebanon.

  • The Resolution encourages coordination between the Department of State, the UN, and humanitarian organizations to establish a safe zone in Syria for Syrian refugees displaced by war as the first step toward return and re-settlement.
  • The Resolution also focuses on the importance of the Lebanese Armed Forces being able to provide stability and security for the people of Lebanon, as well as calling for the implementation of UN Resolution 1701, which calls for the disarmament of all non-governmental forces in Lebanon. 

The Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act is a bill which would provide immediate relief to minority religious groups in Iraq and Syria, particularly Christians and Yazidis.

  • These communities would receive special humanitarian status and refugee resettlement priority in the US.
  • IDC is working with partners to urge the Senate to introduce and pass this resolution as quickly possible.

IDC supports the introduction of a resolution on the Accountability of American Allies in the Middle East. This resolution would ensure that American allies, especially those receiving foreign aid and with whom the U.S. partners on vital national security matters, do not countenance material support for violent extremism, which has brought genocide on Christians and other communities.   

  • The American people expect their allies will take steps to protect places of worship from reasonably foreseeable acts of terror.
  • The American people expect their allies will not tolerate support for U.S. government-designated terrorist organizations and will hold those who support such organizations to account. 
  • The American people expect their allies to respect the fundamental human rights of all people, including non-citizen workers who are Christian.

IDC supports a full acknowledgment by the Government of the Republic of Turkey of the Armenian Genocide as a first step in improving Turkish-Armenian relations, as stated in Senate Resolution 136.

IDC urges the U.S. government to identify and punish the Accessories of Genocide of the ISIS genocide.

  • IDC urges the Trump Administration to create a task force to  identify all persons and organizations that provided material support to ISIS and al-Qaeda, all who aided and abetted ISIS, to be brought to justice. The taskforce would also work to identify and account for aiders, abettors and accessories of terrorism.

Speakers

Congressman Andy Harris

Congressman Andy Harris

Congressman Andy Harris
Congressman Steve Stivers

Congressman Steve Stivers

Congressman Steve Stivers

Congressman Doug Lamborn

Congressman Doug Lamborn

Congressman Doug Lamborn
Congressman Glenn Grothman

Congressman Glenn Grothman

Congressman Glenn Grothman
Congressman Jamie Raskin

Congressman Jamie Raskin

Congressman Jamie Raskin
Congressman Brian Babin

Congressman Brian Babin

Congressman Brian Babin
Congressman Randy Weber

Congressman Randy Weber

Congressman Randy Weber
Congressman Randy Hultgren

Congressman Randy Hultgren

Congressman Randy Hultgren
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry
Congressman Keith Rothfus

Congressman Keith Rothfus

Congressman Keith Rothfus
Congressman Brad Sherman

Congressman Brad Sherman

Congressman Brad Sherman
Congressman Ron Estes

Congressman Ron Estes

Congressman Ron Estes
Congressman Chris Smith

Congressman Chris Smith

Congressman Chris Smith
Congressman Ro Khanna

Congressman Ro Khanna

Congressman Ro Khanna
Congressman Darin Lahood

Congressman Darin Lahood

Congressman Darin Lahood
Congressman Robert B. Aderholt

Congressman Robert B. Aderholt

Congressman Robert B. Aderholt
Professor Robert Destro, Catholic University Law

Professor Robert Destro, Catholic University Law

Professor Robert Destro, Catholic University Law
Tristan Azbej, Deputy State Secretary, Government of Hungary

Tristan Azbej, Deputy State Secretary, Government of Hungary

Tristan Azbej, Deputy State Secretary, Government of Hungary
Knox Thames, Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia, U.S. Department of State

Knox Thames, Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia, U.S. Department of State

Knox Thames, Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia, U.S. Department of State
Neemat Frem, President of The Maronite Foundation in the World

Neemat Frem, President of The Maronite Foundation in the World

Neemat Frem, President of The Maronite Foundation in the World
Carl Anderson: The 13th Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus

Carl Anderson: The 13th Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus

Carl Anderson: The 13th Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus
Andrew Walther, Vice President of Communications and Strategic Planning of the Knights of Columbus

Andrew Walther, Vice President of Communications and Strategic Planning of the Knights of Columbus

Andrew Walther, Vice President of Communications and Strategic Planning of the Knights of Columbus
Pamela Pryor, Senior Advisor, Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, U.S. Department of State.

Pamela Pryor, Senior Advisor, Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, U.S. Department of State.

Pamela Pryor, Senior Advisor, Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, U.S. Department of State.
Mark Tooley, President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy

Mark Tooley, President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy

Mark Tooley, President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy
Kent Hill, Executive Director of the Religious Freedom Institute

Kent Hill, Executive Director of the Religious Freedom Institute

Kent Hill, Executive Director of the Religious Freedom Institute
Alberto Fernandez, President at The Middle East Broadcasting Networks

Alberto Fernandez, President at The Middle East Broadcasting Networks

Alberto Fernandez, President at The Middle East Broadcasting Networks
Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart

Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart

Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart
Thomas Farr, Director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University

Thomas Farr, Director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University

Thomas Farr, Director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University
Charles Hage, Vice President of The Maronite Foundation in the World

Charles Hage, Vice President of The Maronite Foundation in the World

Charles Hage, Vice President of The Maronite Foundation in the World
Robert Nicholson, Executive Director of the Philos Project

Robert Nicholson, Executive Director of the Philos Project

Robert Nicholson, Executive Director of the Philos Project
Stephen Hollingshead Managing Director of the Safe Haven Project

Stephen Hollingshead Managing Director of the Safe Haven Project

Stephen Hollingshead Managing Director of the Safe Haven Project
Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress

Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress

Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress
Nermien Riad, Executive Director of Coptic Orphans

Nermien Riad, Executive Director of Coptic Orphans

Nermien Riad, Executive Director of Coptic Orphans
Alexis Moukarzel, Professor

Alexis Moukarzel, Professor

Alexis Moukarzel, Professor
Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of Armenian National Committee of America

Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of Armenian National Committee of America

Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of Armenian National Committee of America

His Excellency Archbishop Christophe Pierre

His Excellency Archbishop Christophe Pierre

His Excellency Archbishop Christophe Pierre

Archbishop Pierre was nuncio to Mexico, a position he has held with considerable distinction for the past nine years, since March 22, 2007. He comes to Washington, D.C., as an experienced diplomat, with first-hand knowledge of the dramatic plight of migrants from Central America and Mexico to the United States, and will be able to give voice to Pope Francis’ concern for them.

As nuncio, he is the Holy See’s point man in relations with the U.S. administration and with the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (U.S.C.C.B.). One of his most important roles will be the identification of candidates to be bishops in this country.

Archbishop Pierre is the first Frenchman to be appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. A polyglot, he speaks English and Spanish fluently. He is “a pastor,” known for his “humility and simplicity” and is “excellent on all fronts,” a source who knows him well confided. A fellow nuncio described him as “a thoughtful, hardworking man” and “good listener” with “a great sense of fairness and balanced judgment.”

His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan

His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan

His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan
His Excellency Gregory Mansour

His Excellency Gregory Mansour

His Excellency Gregory Mansour
His Excellency Elias Zaidan

His Excellency Elias Zaidan

His Excellency Elias Zaidan
Toufic Baaklini, President of In Defense of Christians

Toufic Baaklini, President of In Defense of Christians

Toufic Baaklini, President of In Defense of Christians
Canon Alistair Macdonald Radcliff

Canon Alistair Macdonald Radcliff

Canon Alistair Macdonald Radcliff
His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, Archbishop of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of New York

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, Archbishop of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of New York

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, Archbishop of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of New York
Tonia Khouri, County Commissioner and Chairman of Economic Development for DuPage County

Tonia Khouri, County Commissioner and Chairman of Economic Development for DuPage County

Tonia Khouri, County Commissioner and Chairman of Economic Development for DuPage County
Philippe Nassif, Executive Director of In Defense of Christians

Philippe Nassif, Executive Director of In Defense of Christians

Philippe Nassif, Executive Director of In Defense of Christians
His Eminence Mor Dionysius John Kawak Archbishop and Patriarchal Vicar of the of the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of the Eastern United States

His Eminence Mor Dionysius John Kawak Archbishop and Patriarchal Vicar of the of the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of the Eastern United States

His Eminence Mor Dionysius John Kawak Archbishop and Patriarchal Vicar of the of the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of the Eastern United States
Loay Mikhael, Head of Foreign Relations of the Chaldean Syriac Assyrian Popular Council

Loay Mikhael, Head of Foreign Relations of the Chaldean Syriac Assyrian Popular Council

Loay Mikhael, Head of Foreign Relations of the Chaldean Syriac Assyrian Popular Council
Most Rev. Nicholas James Samra Bishop of the Melkite Catholic Eparchy of Newton

Most Rev. Nicholas James Samra Bishop of the Melkite Catholic Eparchy of Newton

Most Rev. Nicholas James Samra Bishop of the Melkite Catholic Eparchy of Newton
Armen V. Sahakyan,  Board Member, ANCA Eastern Region

Armen V. Sahakyan, Board Member, ANCA Eastern Region

Armen V. Sahakyan,  Board Member, ANCA Eastern Region
Rev. Berdj Djambazian Minister to the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America

Rev. Berdj Djambazian Minister to the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America

Rev. Berdj Djambazian Minister to the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America



Past Speakers

Carl Anderson, the 13th supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus

Carl Anderson, the 13th supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus

Representative Mark Meadows

Representative Mark Meadows

Representative Barbara Comstock

Representative Barbara Comstock

Senator Rob Portman

Senator Rob Portman

Bishop Anba Angaelos

Bishop Anba Angaelos

Knox Thames, Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South /Central Asia U.S. Department of State

Knox Thames, Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South /Central Asia U.S. Department of State

Robert George

Robert George

Nina Shea

Nina Shea

Nabil Costa

Nabil Costa

Representative Brad Sherman

Representative Brad Sherman

Representative Chris Smith

Representative Chris Smith

Representative Joe Pitts

Representative Joe Pitts

Robert Destro, Professor at The Catholic University of America

Robert Destro, Professor at The Catholic University of America

Representative Gus Bilirakis

Representative Gus Bilirakis

Representative Darrell Issa

Representative Darrell Issa

Representative Kay Granger

Representative Kay Granger

Representative Scott Garrett

Representative Scott Garrett

Fr. Nabil Haddad

Fr. Nabil Haddad

Eric Metaxas

Eric Metaxas

Representative Anna Eshoo

Representative Anna Eshoo

Representative Jeff Fortenberry

Representative Jeff Fortenberry

Representative DaveTrott

Representative DaveTrott

Representative Jim Bridenstine

Representative Jim Bridenstine

Katrina Lantos Swett

Katrina Lantos Swett

Kathryn- Jean Lopez

Kathryn- Jean Lopez

Robert Danin

Robert Danin

Bishop Julian Dobbs

Bishop Julian Dobbs

Ambassador David Saperstein

Ambassador David Saperstein

His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl

His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft

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Summit Schedule

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

10:00am Registration Open at the JW Marriott
2:00pm Opening Press Conference at the National Press Club
Introduction
Ninar Keyrouz
Director of Media and Communications of In Defense of Christians
Christians in the Mirror Trailer, a Film by Jordan Allott
Moderator and Opening Remarks
Andrew Doran
Vice President and Senior Policy Adviser of In Defense of Christians
Remarks by Patriarch Rai and Patriarch John X Yazigi
Speakers
Mark Tooley
President of The Institute on Religion and Democracy
Aram Hamparian
Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America
Robert Nicholson
Executive Director of The Philos Project
6:30 to 8:30pm Ecumenical Prayer Service at Saint Matthew’s Cathedral
Special Performance by Internationally Acclaimed Lebanese Singer Abeer Nehme

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

8:15am Breakfast and Keynote Remarks by Patriarchs
9:15am Lebanon and Syria: Security and Stability Post Conflict
Moderator
Tonia Khouri
Chairman of Economic Development for DuPage County
Speakers
Neemat Frem
President of The Maronite Foundation in the World
Alberto Fernandez
President of The Middle East Broadcasting Networks
Alexis Moukarzel
On the Board of Advisors for In Defense of Christians
Charles Hage
Vice President of The Maronite Foundation in the World
10:30am Pre-Panel Remarks by Knox Thames, Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South/Central Asia at the U.S. Department of State
10:35am Pre-Panel Remarks Tristan Azbej
Deputy State Secretary, Government of Hungary
10:40am How to Advance U.S. Interests by Protecting Religious Minorities in the Middle East
Moderator
Mark Tooley
President of The Institute on Religion and Democracy
Speakers
Loay Mikhael
Head of Foreign Relations Committee of the Chaldean Syriac Assyrian Popular Council
Stephen Hollingshead
Managing Director of the Safe Haven Project
Robert Nicholson
Executive Director of The Philos Project
Andrew Walther
Vice President of Communications and Strategic Planning of the Knights of Columbus
Nermien Riad
Executive Director of Coptic Orphans
12:15pm Special remarks by Robert Destro, Catholic University Law Professor
12:20 Lunch and Panel: Who Are America’s Allies and Enemies in the Middle East? A Hard Look at Turkey, Iran and the Gulf States
Moderator
Andrew Doran
Vice President and Senior Policy Adviser of In Defense of Christians
Speakers
Aram Hamparian
Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America
Kent Hill
Executive Director of the Religious Freedom Institute
Brian Katulis
Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress
4:00pm For Security reasons, please arrive by 4:00 PM for the Solidarity Dinner.
6:15pm *Solidarity Dinner*
6:30pm Keynote Address Speaker: Vice President Mike Pence
Cedars of God Award Recipient Congressman Chris Smith
Remarks by Congressman Darin Lahood

Thursday, October 26, 2017

8:30am Breakfast and Registration at 2200 Rayburn House Office Building
9:15am Panel: Policy Briefing and Advocacy Prep at 2200 Rayburn House Office Building
10:00am House Canvassing in the House Office Buildings
11:30am Lunch: Remarks by Members
1:30pm Senate Canvassing in the Senate Office Building
3:30pm Reception at the Capitol Visitor Center Atrium
7:00pm Divine Liturgy offered by His Beatitude Patriarch Rai at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Church in Washington D.C.