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07/18/2023 United States (International Christian Concern) – President Joe Biden officially appointed a new commissioner, Susie Gelman, to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on July 14.

Gelman has robust experience working in international religious freedom. She previously worked as board chair of the Israel Policy Forum from 2016-2023. She served three terms as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and one term as the Federation’s campaign co-chair. She also co-chaired the Israel Religious Expressions Platform of the Jewish Federations of North America and previously served as the inaugural chair of the Birthright Israel Foundation, among many other impressive accomplishments.

USCRIF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government agency created by the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act. USCIRF’s responsibilities include monitoring the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad. It makes policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress and tracks such recommendations’ implementation.

A new appointment to USCIRF brings new connections both within the United States and abroad. In a statement regarding his thoughts on the matter, USCIRF Vice Chair Frederick A. Davie said, “We are fortunate to have Susie Gelman join the Commission at a time where we are seeing a significant rise in antisemitism and anti-Muslim bias worldwide. Her work in human rights offers a unique perspective to advocate for those persecuted for their religion or belief.”

Pray for Susie Gelman and the rest of the USCIRF commissioners as they work to further international religious freedom through policy. We pray that the Lord would use them to glorify him in the work they are doing.

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