Bio: Kristin Wright
Director of Advocacy, Open Doors USA
As the director of advocacy for Open Doors USA, Kristin Wright works with government officials to call attention to and rally U.S. support for Christians living under and facing religious persecution overseas. Wright's experience in refugee work near the Syrian border and at a refugee resettlement office positions her well to advocate for those being persecuted for their faith.
Serving with Open Doors since 2013, Wright pens a regular column for The Huffington Post about religious persecution, refugees and women's issues. She travels extensively, meeting with victims of persecution in Nigeria, Pakistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, Ethiopia, Colombia, India, Israel and the West Bank, among other locations. In 2014, Wright met with many fathers of the missing Chibok girls.
Wright can speak to such issues as:
- Women's issues, including gender-based violence (such as honor killings) and women facing persecution for their faith
- Human rights
Wright is pursuing a bachelor's degree in liberal studies from the University of Indianapolis. She lives in the Washington area.
For more than 60 years, Open Doors has worked in the world's most oppressive countries, empowering Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs. Open Doors equips persecuted Christians in more than 60 countries, providing Bibles, training, and programs to help women and children who have been marginalized because of their beliefs and status in society, and helping to restore communities that have been destroyed because of faith.