IDC Activities

On February 21, 2017, IDC Director of Marketing and Media Communications Ninar Keyrouz attended a private preview screening event by the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) of the upcoming Hollywood film ‘The Promise‘.

The film is based on true events, showcasing the Ottoman Empire’s genocidal acts against Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks. Starring an academy award winning cast, and despite the Turks’ efforts to stop it from screening in the U.S., ‘The Promise’ will be in theaters in the U.S. on April 21.

IDC Director of Marketing and Communication Ninar Keyrouz with the ANCA team and the Ambassador of Armenia to the United States H.E. Mr. Grigor Hovhannissian.
On February 15, IDC Executive Director Philippe Nassif met with Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) to thank him for his support and to discuss IDC’s 2017 advocacy agenda.
During the Inauguration weekend, IDC President Toufic Baaklini meets with Secretary of State Tillerson and discusses the plight of Christians in the Middle East and the work of In Defense of Christians.

IDC Chapter Events

On February 25, IDC New York Chapter Chair Julien Chemali organized a screening for the award-winning film Our Last Stand at Greenwich’s Public Library in Connecticut. Mr. Chemali introduced the film to a crowd of 300 people. Rep. Jim Himes, producers Helma Adde and Jordan Allott, Pastor Sean Miller and Hagar Chemali were the panelists in a Q&A session that followed the screening.
On January 15, 2017, IDC Kansas City Chapter was invited to a special Mass and reception recognizing “World Day of Migrants and Refugees”.

Several members of different religious orders attended, as well as immigrants from Burma. All were enthusiastic about praying for Christians in the Middle East and expressed their solidarity with them. Archbishop Joseph Naumann, who recently returned from the Holy Land, presided at the Mass and showed special interest in the needs of persecuted Christians.

IDC members Laura and Scott Weinberg standing to the left and right of the event attendees.
 IDC member Laura Weinberg with Archbishop Joseph Naumann.

IDC in the News

Forbes, March 2, Sexual Violence As A Weapon Of War: The Story Of Daesh And Boko Haram
“The documentary ‘Our Last Stand’, directed by Jordan Allott in cooperation with In Defence of Christians–includes a testimony of a young Yazidi woman speaking out about the rape and sexual violence she suffered at the hands of Daesh fighters in Iraq.”

EWTN News Nightly, February 27, Lauren Ashburn interviews IDC Director of Government Relations Kristina Olney to discuss the latest ISIS attacks on Egypt’s Copts

The Hill, February 20, Syrian safe zones: Trump’s best bet for refugee relief, regional stability
An Op-Ed by IDC Vice President and Senior Policy Adviser Andrew Doran.

Times Union, February 14, In Defense of Christians (IDC) Calls on Trump Administration to Designate Nineveh Province Safe Zone to Protect Religious Minorities in Iraq

Salisbury News, February 13, Liberal Democrats ignore persecution of Christians outside the U.S.
“Andrew Doran, vice president of In Defense of Christians, said their cries for help often fall on deaf ears in Europe and the United States..”

The Catholic News Agency, February 11, Christian groups divided over ‘safe zones’ for Syrian refugees
“We think it’s within the United States’ national security interests to support the creation of safe zones to at least stop the exodus of people leaving Syria and move that conflict more toward a resolution which is favorable to Christians,” Philippe Nassif, executive director of the group In Defense of Christians, told CNA of Trump’s proposal.

The National Catholic Register, February 10, Trump Executive Orders Tackle Immigrants and Refugees
“Nassif said IDC wants priority for victims of genocide as refugees, but legislation on Capitol Hill will be needed to accomplish that.”

The Washington Times, February 9, Reaction to Trump preferred refugee status reveals ‘blind spot’ to Christian persecution
IDC Vice President and Senior Policy Adviser Andrew Doran: “Christians in the West have been somehow identified as the oppressor class, and that view seems to be extended to Christians in the Middle East,” he said. “But the fact is that couldn’t be further from the truth.”

Catholic News Service, February 8, Trump’s ban of refugees ignites firestorm, but also gains support
“Philippe Nassif, who is executive director of In Defense of Christians, a Washington-based advocacy group supporting minority religious groups in Middle East countries, called for a quick end to the ban and said it would be better to focus on creating safe zones for Christians in the Middle East.”

The Daily Beast, February 2, Forced by Trump’s Ban to Face ISIS Alone
“The unintended effects [of Trump’s order] are that minorities such as Christians and Yazidis currently experiencing genocide… are unable to enter the United States because of the ban.”

Providence, January 31, To End Another War: Safe Zones, Humanitarian Intervention, and American Interests
An Op-Ed by IDC Vice President and Senior Policy Adviser Andrew Doran.

NPR, January 31, Tom Gjelten interviews IDC Vice President and Senior Policy Adviser Andrew Doran

China Christian Daily, January 31, Christian Charities Express Distraught Over US Refugee Ban
“Lobby group, In Defense of Christians, executive director Philippe Nassif called for a quick end to the ban and said it would be better to focus on creating safe zones for Christians in the Middle East.”

The Washington Examiner, January 30, Trump is right to push for safe zones in Syria
An Op-Ed by IDC Executive Director Philippe Nassif

EWTN News Nightly, January 30, Lauren Ashburn interviews IDC Executive Director Philippe Nassif to discuss safe zones and President’s Trump immigration ban.

Christian Today U.K., January 30, Christian Humanitarian Charities Horrified At Trump’s Refugee Ban
“It is our belief at IDC that these genocide victims who seek asylum should be prioritized and given accommodation on the basis of this status. But that does not mean banning all refugees.”

Archdiocese of Washington, January 29, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington on the Executive Order on Refugees
“Through organizations such as the Knights of Columbus and In Defense of Christians, we must continue to make our voices heard, urging the U.S. government to welcome in a particular way Christian refugees, who have been the object of genocide, and all men, women and children fleeing persecution, that they be protected and welcomed after swift but appropriate screening. ”

Catholic Philly , January 20, Trump presidency receives words of hope, prayers for civility
“The Washington-based organization In Defense of Christians congratulated Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on their inauguration and urged the new administration to make the plight of Christians in the Middle East a policy priority.”

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