Learn About Our Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
This week I had the opportunity to visit the State Department and meet with Ambassador David Saperstein, the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.
In his newly appointed role, Saperstein acts as the United States’ chief diplomat on issues of religious freedom worldwide and advises the President and Secretary of State in this area.
During our meeting, Ambassador Saperstein shared his concerns for persecuted Christians living in Iraq, Syria, and many other countries throughout the world. He recently visited Iraq, and believes that the US needs to continue to help vulnerable religious minority communities displaced by ISIS with practical support and educational initiatives.
As I discussed these concerns with the Ambassador, it was evident that one of the most crucial ways in which Open Doors influences action at the State Department is through providing firsthand information from our contacts on the ground. With a network in more than 60 countries around the world, Open Doors is uniquely positioned to provide credible, firsthand information that, according to Saperstein, is “invaluable.”
At Open Doors we continue to alert the State Department to specific instances of persecution, as well as documentation of ongoing oppression against Christians throughout the world. This helps to equip the State Department’s Office for International Religious Freedom with information that they can then utilize to call for action within the US government.
We’re grateful that Ambassador Saperstein was appointed to this crucial role, and look forward to building a strong relationship with him and with the staff at the State Department’s Office for International Religious Freedom.