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You Did It! Special Advisor Appointed

September 22, 2015 by Kristin Wright in , , ,

We want to express our thanks to each person who took action and shared our petition asking President Obama to appoint a Special Envoy for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia. The petition received over 11,000 signatures; the highest level of participation Open Doors has ever received on an advocacy campaign.

We are happy to share that last week David Saperstein, the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, announced the appointment of Knox Thames to the position of Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia at the State Department. Knox Thames has a distinguished record of standing against religious persecution throughout the world. Prior to this appointment, he was the Director of Policy and Research at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.

I have personally worked with Knox Thames, and I cannot think of a better, more knowledgeable advocate for the persecuted believers that we serve. Knox has been a good friend to Open Doors for many years. I look forward to working with him as he assumes his new post at the State Department.

There were many voices calling for this appointment, but we are confident that the voices of our Open Doors supporters had an impact on this successful outcome. This appointment demonstrates the power of grass roots advocacy. We encourage our supporters to join us in future campaigns. Together we can make a difference for our persecuted brothers and sisters, as we join our voices together to speak out for them.

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