2016 Advocacy Agenda

Following the announcement at IDC’s 2015 national convention of H. Con. Res. 75 calling for the recognition of the ISIS Genocide against Christians and other religious minorities, we mobilized our supporters to meet with over 300 congressional offices to secure the support of their representatives for the resolution. The resolution passed the House of Representatives unanimously 293-0, and had the sponsorship of over 200 Members of Congress.

We released the most comprehensive report, nearly 300 pages long, showing irrefutable evidence of the crimes that ISIS has committed against Christians in Iraq and Syria.

Exactly seven days following the release of the report, the Obama administration broke their silence on the genocide.

IDC has accomplished some historic victories and we have an even more ambitious agenda for our third annual convention.

This year IDC will be partnering with The Institute for Global Engagement, the Philos Project, and the Armenian National Committee of America to bring the next wave of awareness and advocacy for the plight of Christians in the Middle East. The convention will focus on committing to long term solutions for the safety and livelihood of displaced Christians in Northern Iraq, addressing the refugee crisis in Lebanon, reforming legal regulations regarding the rebuilding and construction of churches in Egypt, and recognizing the Armenian genocide.

The 2016 Advocacy Agenda will include:

-Establishing a province for the indigenous Christians (Assyrian-Chaldean-Syriac) and other peoples of the Nineveh Plain region

-U.S. support for security and stability in Lebanon and relief from the Syrian refugee crisis

-Encouraging reform of the legal regulations regarding the rebuilding and construction of churches in Egypt

-Bringing Turkey to account for its genocide against Armenians and Assyrians