Watch footage from each of Day 2’s three tracks: Building Blocks for Advancing Religious Freedom (Track I); Emerging Trends in Religious Freedom (Track II – below); and Religious Freedom in Development and Humanitarian Assistance (Track III).
Emerging Trends in Religious Freedom (Track II)
The “Emerging Trends in Religious Freedom” track began its first session with State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus welcoming attendees and introducing Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. A presentation by a Chinese Buddhist survivor of religious persecution and an introduction by Ambassador Callista Gingrich transitioned the track to the general session “Documenting Atrocities with Sara Bloomfield.”
9:00 – 9:05 am Welcome and Introduction by Morgan Ortagus, State Department Spokesperson
9:05 – 9:20 am Speech by Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
9:20 – 9:35 am Presentation by Survivor of Religious Persecution (China, Buddhist)
Introduction: Ambassador Callista Gingrich
9:35 – 10:45 am General Session: Documenting Atrocities with Sara Bloomfield
Moderator: Ambassador Kelley Currie, Office of Global Criminal Justice
Speakers: Naomi Kikoler, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; Chris Engels, Commission for International Justice and Accountability; Karim Khan, UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh
10:45 – 11:00 am Instructions and Transition to Breakout Rooms by Special Advisor Knox Thames
Off-camera breakout sessions for participants in this track included: Religious Freedom and Countering Violent Extremism; Women’s Rights and International Religious Freedom; and Teaching Interfaith Tolerance. After lunch, participants could choose to attend another round of breakout sessions on: Preserving Cultural Heritage for Religious Communities; Atrocity Prevention – Protecting Vulnerable Religious Minorities in Conflict and Crisis Settings; and Journalism and International Religious Freedom.
Following a number of off-camera breakout sessions, a presentation by an International Religious Freedom Awardee started the track’s second session, follow by the general session “The Economic and Security Benefits of Advancing Religious Freedom.” Congressman Chris Smith gave closing remarks followed by summary of the day by Ambassador Brownback.
3:15 – 3:30 pm Presentation by International Religious Freedom Awardee
3:30 – 4:30 pm General Session: The Economic and Security Benefits of Advancing Religious Freedom
Moderator: Doug Padgett, Strategic Religious Engagement Unit Chief, IRF Office
Speakers: Brian Grim, Religious Freedom and Business Foundation (RFBF); Nilay Saiya, Religious Freedom Institute
4:30 – 4:45 pm Closing Remarks by Congressman Chris Smith
4:45 – 4:50 pm Closing and Summary of Day by Ambassador Brownback