Twenty years ago, members of Congress made a deliberate and unanimous choice to stand as beacons for the most fundamental of all human rights. Passage of the landmark International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) in 1998 sought to underscore America’s centuries-old commitment to the freedom of religion or belief and codify its importance within U.S. foreign policy.
The 20th Anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act: A Retrospective is a legacy project of 21Wilberforce. It features candid conversations and observations about the effectiveness of IRFA — what has worked and what has fallen short, the mistakes and the milestones. It includes the voices of IRF participants who helped craft, implement, measure and refine IRFA. The Retrospective is a historical memory of the process of creating a law whose aim was to promote and protect religious freedom for all people, in all nations, of all faiths or no faith at all.