The John Templeton Foundation has awarded a $1.7 million grant to the Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) to lead a first-of-its-kind international inquiry into the meaning and impact of institutional religious freedom.
September 23, 2019 Washington, D.C. — In a historic event at the UN, the United States issued a global call to protect religious freedom. During his address, President Donald J. Trump urged greater international support for ongoing religious freedom efforts to an audience of government dignitaries, including UN Secretary General António Guterres, and hundreds of religious, NGO, and business leaders.
September 18, 2019, Washington, D.C. – The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) applauds today’s long-overdue Senate vote to confirm Robert Destro as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Destro has served as a law professor at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law for 37 years and is the founding Director of its Interdisciplinary Program in Law & Religion.
August 22, 2019, Washington, D.C. – The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) today observes the UN’s inaugural International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. Earlier this year, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming this day of commemoration in response to the alarming rise in persecution of religious persons and communities around the world.
July 15, 2019, Washington, D.C. — The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) today officially releases a first-of-its kind report titled, “Surveying the Landscape of International Religious Freedom Policy.”
To commemorate the report’s release, RFI is holding a public event today at the National Press Club from 1:30-2:00 PM.
July 11, 2019, Washington, D.C. — The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) continues to grow and make important organizational changes to become even more well-positioned to advance religious freedom for everyone, everywhere.
Dr. Eric Patterson recently joined RFI as its Executive Vice President. He comes to RFI from the Robertson School of Government at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia where he was dean and tenured full professor.