Bilirakis Named Co-Chair of Congressional International Religious Freedom Caucus
Washington, DC: As a well-established champion for human rights with a lengthy history of advocating for persons of all faiths to be able to freely worship, Congressman Gus Bilirakis has recently stepped up as the Republican co-Chair, along with Democratic Co-Chair Juan Vargas, to spearhead the prestigious Congressional International Religious Freedom (IRF) Caucus. Founded in 2006, the IRF Caucus seeks to keep members of Congress informed about religious freedom issues and in contact with Non-Governmental Organizations working in the field. The Caucus hosts bipartisan monthly briefings to ensure members of Congress, their staff and other stakeholders are kept abreast of developments that are occurring throughout the world as it relates to the protection of religious freedom.
“Freedom of religion is one of the most basic human rights and it is regularly denied to millions of people around the globe, sometimes in the most horrific and violent manner possible-even by those who claim to be our allies. We cannot, in good conscience, sit by silently and allow these atrocities to occur. This caucus does important work to educate our country’s leaders about the oppression that occurs and to unite efforts to combat those injustices. I am proud to be named Co-Chair, and look forward to continuing to lead the charge against religious persecution,” said Congressman Bilirakis.
The first IRF Caucus briefing of 2018, Imprisoning the Minds: How the Lack of Freedom of Thought, Conscience, Religion and Belief Keeps North Koreans Living in the Dark, will be held on January 18, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. in room 2456 of the Rayburn House Office Building.