Media Advisory | International Religious Freedom Summit 2021 kicks off in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 13

Jul. 8, 2021

WASHINGTON Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback and former United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Chair Katrina Lantos Swett will co-chair the International Religious Freedom Summit 2021, a grassroots gathering of civil society and religious groups from all over the world.

The Summit is supported by more than 70 diverse partners around the world and aims to bring greater attention to religious freedom violations and to create a powerful coalition of groups to advance the cause of religious freedom around the world.

The Summit convenes activists from around the world, many of whom have risked lives and livelihoods, therefore the event will be credentialed for security.

**Press credentials for the Summit can be requested by contacting**

An extraordinary slate of speakers include, to name a few:

– Dalai Lama (special message)
– Mahershala Ali (special message)
– Imam Mohamed Magid
– Cardinal Timothy Dolan
– Archbishop Elpidophoros of America
– Asia Bibi
– Lord David Alton

– Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)
– Sen. James Lankford (R-OK)
– Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
– Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX)
– USCIRF Commissioners Nury Turkel and Anumira Bhargava
– Andrew Brunson

Full speaker details here:

2 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 13 — 10 p.m. ET Thursday, July 15, 2021

Full schedule details here – 

Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington
2500 Calvert Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

International Religious Freedom Summit 2021 is convening a powerful, broad coalition of religious and civil society groups to advocate for religious freedom for all people, everywhere at all times.

Samuel Brownback served as the U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom from 2018 to 2021. He serves as co-chair of IRF Summit 2021.

Katrina Lantos Swett is president of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice and former chair and vice-chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). She serves as co-chair of IRF Summit 2021.