In Conferences
 Thursday June 26: Policy Day

Capitol Visitors Center, HVC 201 (*)
Please count on about 45 minutes to clear security lines

Agenda (as of June 23)

➢    9:00 – Opening remarks – President, Coptic Solidarity – Mr. Adel Guindy

➢    9:15 – Session 1Taking Stock: Current Situation and Policy Recommendations –  Chair: Dr. Walid Phares Co-Sec. General, Transatlantic Legislative Group.

–    Fr. Henri Boulad, sj, Past President CARITAS North-Africa, Middle East

–    Hon. Lord David Alton UK House of Lords

–    Ambassador Alberto Fernandez, Director, Center for Strategic Counter Terrorism Communication, US Department of State

–    Ms. Nina Shea, Director, Center for Religious Freedom -Hudson Institute

–    Q&A

➢    10:45 – Short Statements by U.S. Legislators:

•     Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI)

•    Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA)

•    Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA)

•    Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-AL)

•    Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

•    Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)

•     Congressman Joseph R. Pitts (R-PA)

•    Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ)

•    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)


➢    11:45 – Leadership Awards presentation

➢    12:00 – Lunch break (sandwiches served in the room)

➢    13:00

•   Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX)

•    Congressman Paul Cook (R-CA)

•    Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)

•   Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ)


•    Hon. Bob Dechert Member of the Canadian House of Commons

Special session

–    Dr. Robert P. George, Chairman, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

–    Mr. Steven Feldstein, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State  (DRL)

➢    14:40 – Session 2 – As Goes Egypt, So Goes the Middle East Chair: Mr. Alex Shalaby, Member, Coptic Solidarity Exec. Committee

–    Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba, DerMar International, LLC, retired U.S. Foreign Service diplomat

–    Mr. Eric Trager, Senior Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

–    Dr. Herb London, President, London Center for Policy Research

–    Q&A

➢    15:50 – Panel –Western Indifference to Plight of Religious Minorities –  Chair: Raymond Ibrahim, Author, columnist

–    Mr. Michael Coren, Columnist, author, Radio and TV host, Canada

–    Mr. Raymond Arroyo, Anchor, The World Over, EWTN

–    Mr. Erick Stakelbeck, National Security Analyst, CBN

–     Q&A

17:00 – E N D

(*) How to get to the room:

– Enter Main Entrance of Capitol (through East Capitol Street)
– Make a left towards U.S. House of Representatives Appointment Desk. Tell them you have a meeting at HVC201.
– Take escalator down to House Meeting Rooms
– Go through big doors that says House of Representatives Meeting Rooms
– Walk in straight and take first right.

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