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

*Free student registration. See below!

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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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.

Past Speakers

The Honorable Mike Pence

The Honorable Mike Pence

Congressman Andy Harris

Congressman Andy Harris

Congressman Steve Stivers

Congressman Steve Stivers

Congressman Doug Lamborn

Congressman Doug Lamborn

Congressman Glenn Grothman

Congressman Glenn Grothman

Congressman Jamie Raskin

Congressman Jamie Raskin

Congressman Brian Babin

Congressman Brian Babin

Congressman Randy Weber

Congressman Randy Weber

Congressman Randy Hultgren

Congressman Randy Hultgren

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry

Congressman Keith Rothfus

Congressman Keith Rothfus

Congressman Brad Sherman

Congressman Brad Sherman

Congressman Ron Estes

Congressman Ron Estes

Congressman Chris Smith

Congressman Chris Smith

Congressman Ro Khanna

Congressman Ro Khanna

Congressman Darin Lahood

Congressman Darin Lahood

Congressman Robert B. Aderholt

Congressman Robert B. Aderholt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nermien Riad, Executive Director of Coptic Orphans

Nermien Riad, Executive Director of Coptic Orphans

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

His Excellency Archbishop Christophe Pierre

His Excellency Archbishop Christophe Pierre

His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan

His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan

His Excellency Gregory Mansour

His Excellency Gregory Mansour

His Excellency Elias Zaidan

His Excellency Elias Zaidan

Toufic Baaklini, President of In Defense of Christians

Toufic Baaklini, President of In Defense of Christians

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

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

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

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

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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.