1AP’s 3 Things to Know—The Role of US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
- The Office of International Religious Freedom was created through an act of Congress in 1998. It is overseen by the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Housed within the State Department, it has the mission of promoting religious freedom as a core component of U.S. foreign policy. OIRF works alongside federal agencies, including the Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce, to further U.S. commitment to religious freedom and tolerance.
- The Office monitors religious persecution and discrimination. Every year it publishes a report on the state of religious freedom across the globe. OIRF’s resources help emerging democracies implement freedom of religion and conscience as they develop legal frameworks. The Ambassador travels the world to meet with leaders and NGO’s, representing the U.S. and its democratic values.
- Since 1999, there have been four Ambassadors. They have diverse backgrounds and careers, but all share a passion for furthering religious freedom at home and abroad. If confirmed, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback will be the 5th person to serve in this post.