Today: Marco Rubio and Anna Eshoo to Receive Religious Freedom Award

This afternoon, the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Roundtable is presenting Thomas Jefferson IRF Champion Awards to Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Anna Eshoo. The annual award recognizes lawmakers with a strong record of advocating for religious freedom around the world. Kristin Wright, director of advocacy of Open Doors USA, and Greg Mitchell, co-chairman of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, will present the awards. Both Rubio and Eshoo will offer remarks.

Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Anna Eshoo

Thomas Jefferson IRF Champion Awards presentation

Tue, March 22 at 2:30 p.m. (Rubio) and 3 p.m. (Eshoo)

Cannon Caucus Room
345 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20037

The International Religious Freedom Roundtable meets every two months in the U.S. Capitol and includes participants from government and civil society. Its goal is to reverse the increase of restrictions on religious freedom around the world.

According to the 2016 Open Doors World Watch List, persecution is currently at an all-time high with more Christians facing daily attacks from their communities or governments each day. More than 7,000 Christians were killed worldwide for faith-related reasons in 2015 and more than 2,400 churches were attacked or damaged, more than double the number from the previous year.

About Open Doors USA:

For more than 60 years, Open Doors USA has worked in the world's most oppressive and restrictive countries for Christians. Open Doors works to equip and encourage Christians living in dangerous circumstances with the threat of persecution and equips the Western church to advocate for the persecuted. Christians are one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world and are oppressed in at least 60 countries. For more information, visit