Peter Burns is the Government Relations and Policy Director at In Defense of Christians. He coordinates Congressional advocacy and tracks legislation for IDC. He formerly worked as the policy analyst for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. He studied political science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he was an active student advocate, founding the College Republican chapter and working as campus director for the Bruce Rauner Campaign for Governor. In 2015 he took a job with Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign and transferred to finish online at Thomas Edison State University. Peter worked as operations manager for The Forge Leadership Network, coordinating their yearly conference and managing the organization’s programming and outreach. He is a Philos Fellow and opinion writer for the Washington Examiner and The Region.
ICC’s Fellows are passionate about advocating for the persecuted body of Jesus around the world. For a running list of ICC Fellows content go to our ICC Fellows page.
Our Fellows seek to widen and shape the discussion surrounding the topic of international religious freedom.
They are committed to raising awareness about the plight of Christians by publishing different types of written content via ICC’s website and various media channels. Examples include:
- In-depth research on religious freedom in general or specific regional or country issues.
- Analysis or updates on the issues and discussion surrounding religious freedom in the US Congress, State Department, USCIRF, and NGOs.
- Featured articles that bring readers to feel the pain and predicament of the persecuted.
- Spiritually focused articles that lift up the example of the persecuted Church and lead us to a deeper faith.
ICC fellows are experts, professionals, academics, gifted writers, and Christian leaders who research, discuss, and advance topics relating to persecution, international religious freedom, and global human rights.
Partnership and Commitment
- ICC fellows are expected to contribute at least one piece per month.
- Fellowships will be issued based on experience and expertise.
- Fellowships are largely unpaid however, some compensation for specific work may be available.
- Fellowships are offered for a one-year term.
- Renewals for continued fellowship will be evaluated and considered at the conclusion of the one-year term and issued at that time.
Dr. Burkle retired from The Salvation Army in early 2019 where she oversaw an array of social services in a multi-state region. Along with the State Attorney General, Burkle Co-Chaired the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force. Dr. Burkle holds a doctoral degree in international relations. Her dissertation focused on religious persecution; specifically, regarding Iran, Iraq, Sudan, China and Burma (Myanmar). Dr. Burkle resides in Omaha, Nebraska. She has three grown children and eight grandchildren.
John Cosenza is a Market Research Analyst at Zitter Health Insights as well as a part time Research Consultant at the Mitchell Firm, a Washington D.C. based lobbying and consultancy firm. John graduated from Marist College with a dual degree in History & Political Science and graduated from Norwich University with a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy & International Business. John continues to work with political, think tank, and NGO leaders in the Washington D.C. metro area to advocate for international religious freedom.
John Fredricks is an award-winning photojournalist based in Los Angeles. His work appears everywhere from National Geographic Adventure to Time Magazine. Passionate about social and humanitarian issues, he wants to impact his generation through a visual medium and put the spotlight on issues around the world. He has launched himself into locations and situations where his life and health were likely in danger in order to use his gift and skill in photography to share the truth. His camera is only an extension of the genuine love and care John feels for those around him.
Colton Grellier is a Juris Doctorate candidate at Liberty University School of Law, pursing a specialization in international law and legal writing. Colton currently serves on the board of the International Law Society at his law school as editor of the International Law Bulletin. He graduated Magnum Cum Laude from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 2017.
Benjamin Harbaugh is a former intern in the Office of International Religious Freedom at the Department of State and a graduate student at The American University in Washington D.C. where he currently studies U.S. foreign policy and security. He is passionate about supporting vulnerable communities around the globe and has worked alongside the persecuted Church in countries such as Cuba, Russia, Vietnam, and more. Engaged in the relationship between government action and religious freedom, Ben believes in the importance of U.S. involvement for Christians around the world. When he isn’t studying, Ben enjoys long-distance running and traveling with his wife.
Rev. Vijayesh Lal is the Executive Director of Light Foundation, Noida. He has also been associated with the Religious Liberty Commission of EFI since 1999 serving first as its coordinator and now as its Secretary. He is involved in strengthening, equipping and advocating for the persecuted Church.
Dana Stancavage currently works in campaign finance after serving as a congressional staffer in the House of Representatives for two years. She graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University where she majored in communications and media and minored in journalism. She continues to stay engaged with groups such as Young Professionals in Foreign Policy to further her education and advocacy on religious liberty.
Step 1: If you are interested in applying for to be an ICC Fellow, please fill out the form below.
Step 2: Then email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Cover Letter
- Resume or CV
- Three writing samples
- Twitter handle (if you have one)
- Website or Blog (if you have one)