US interfaith leaders in to voiceagainst Rohingya genocide

US interfaith icons in BD to voice against Rohingya genocide

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Dhaka, March 27 – A delegation of American Interfaith leaders is currently visiting Rohingya camps in Bangladesh. The 14 member delegation includes two Buddhist leaders, Two Jewish leaders, Two Imams and several Christian leaders. They are listening to Rohingya voices in the camps and will return back to the USA on March 29th to amplify Rohingya voices in the US Congress, administration and the civil society. The delegation being organized by the “Interfaith coalition to stop the genocide in Burma.”
The delegation has requested an appointment with the Bangladeshi government and would like to use this press conference to thank Bangladesh for its role in hosting about a million people.The delegation Bio –
Nicolee Ambrose // Baltimore, MD // Christian
Nicolee Ambrose serves as the Spokeswoman for the Interfaith Coalition to Stop Genocide in Burma. Nicolee is also the statewide elected National Committeewoman for Maryland, thereby serving on the Republican National Committee. She is a FOX News Radio Political Analyst and regular TV commentator on several political news shows. Nicole served as a Presidential Appointee in the George W. Bush Administration from 2002-2008. Ambrose is Chairman Emeritus of the Young Republican National
Federation, where she previously served as Chairman and Secretary. Ambrose recently finished her term as Secretary of the Maryland State Advisory Commission to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She resides in Baltimore, MD, with her children.
Dr. Bob Roberts Jr. // Keller, Texas // Evangelical Christian
Dr. Bob Roberts, Jr., founding/Sr. Pastor of Northwood Church, Ft. Worth, TX. Northwood has started over 200 churches in the US and a centre for training new pastors. He is a leading practitioner and writer on a Global transformation of individuals, religious communities, NGOs, cities and global engagement, having worked extensively with the UN and various State Departments globally. He is a nationally and
internationally recognized speaker and author of books including Transformation, Glocalization, Real-Time Connections and Bold as Love. Bob is married to Nikki and they have two children and three
grandchildren.
David Saperstein // Washington, D.C. // Jewish
From 2015-17, David Saperstein, a rabbi and attorney, served as the U.S. Ambassadorat-Large for International Religious Freedom. Designated by Newsweek Magazine as the most influential rabbi in America and by the Washington Post as the “quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill,” Saperstein long represented the largest segment of American Jewry, to Congress and the Administration.
Saperstein also taught seminars on Church –State law and Jewish Law for 35 years at Georgetown University. Widely published, including in the NY Times, Washington Post, and Harvard Law Review, he appears frequently on television news and talk shows. His latest book is Jewish Dimensions of Social Justice: Tough Moral Choices for our Times.
Imam Mohamed Magid // Washington, DC // Muslim
Imam Magid is the Executive Imam of All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling, Virginia. He is the Chairman of International Interfaith Peace Corps (IIPC) and the former President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He is also the Chairman of Muflehun, a think tank which focuses on confronting violent extremist thought through research-driven preventative programs within a religious paradigm. Imam Magid has a long history of commitment to public service through organizations, such as The Peaceful Families Project. He has helped in organizing training and workshops for Imams and religious leaders, domestically and internationally, on the issues of violence against women and protecting religious minorities in Muslim majority countries.
Rev. Hozan Alan Senauke // California // Zen Buddhist
Rev. Hozan Alan Senauke is a Zen Buddhist priest, vice-abbot of Berkeley Zen Center in California. As a Buddhist activist Alan works closely with the International Network of Engaged Buddhists and Buddhist Peace Fellowship. In 2007 he founded Clear View Project, developing Buddhist-based resources for
social change in Asia and the U.S., with a focus on Burma and on “ex-untouchable” Buddhists in India. He is on the core faculty of Upaya Zen Center’s chaplaincy training program.
Alan just concluded a term as president of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association, a U.S. body of Soto Zen priests. He is the author of The Bodhisattva’s Embrace: Dispatches from Engaged Buddhism’s Front Lines and Heirs to Ambedkar: The Rebirth of Engaged Buddhism in India. In other lives, Alan is a father, and a musician, not necessarily in that order.
Rashad Hussain // Washington, D.C. // Muslim
Rashad Hussain served as President Obama’s Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), US Special Envoy for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, and as Deputy Associate White House Counsel. He is presently Senior Counsel at the Department of Justice’s National Security Division. In his role as OIC Envoy, Hussain helped develop U.S policy and deepen and expand partnerships with Muslim-majority countries, civil society organizations, and the OIC, the world’s second largest multilateral organization after the UN. As Special Envoy for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, Hussain led an interagency body that worked with international partners to amplify credible narratives in countering terrorist propaganda.
Mr. Hussain received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Mr. Hussain also earned his Master’s degrees in Public Administration (Kennedy School of Government) and Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard University. In January 2013, Mr. Hussain received the Distinguished Honor Award which is given for “exceptionally outstanding service to the agencies of the U.S. Government resulting in achievements of marked national or international significance.”
Suhail Khan // Washington, D.C. // Muslim
Suhail A. Khan serves as Director of External Affairs at Microsoft Corporation and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement, a Christian religious freedom think tank. Suhail served on Capitol Hill, in the Bush Administration in the White House and at the U.S. Department of Transportation where he was awarded the Secretary’s Team Award in 2005 and the Secretary’s Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in 2007. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union in 2006 and was awarded the Young Conservative Coalition’s Buckley Award in 2010.In combating Holocaust-denial and anti-Semitism, Suhail led delegations of major American and global faith leaders to Europe’s death camps in 2010 and 2013. And in 2014, Suhail was appointed by RNC Chairman
Reince Prebus to serve on the Asian Pacific American Advisory Council of the RNC. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Studies Center, the parent foundation for Radio America and the American Veterans Center in 2014, the Board of Advisors for the Children’s National Medical Center and the American Jewish Committee’s Muslim Advisory Committee in 2016. Suhail earned a B.A. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of Iowa.
Kent Hill // Washington, D.C. // Christian
Kent Hill joined the RFI after six years as Senior Vice President at World Vision, one of the largest faith-based relief and development organizations in the world. He also served for eight years as Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), responsible for U.S. foreign assistance to Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and, subsequently, all USAID health programs worldwide. Earlier in his career, Dr. Hill was President of Eastern Nazarene College, and President of D.C.’s Institute on Religion and Democracy. In 2010, as a Vice President at the John Templeton Foundation, Hill, along with Tom Farr, conceived Georgetown’s Religious Freedom Project and secured funding to launch the project. Dr. Hill has published a book on Christianity and the Soviet Union.
His Ph.D. is from the University of Washington.
Imrana A. Umar // Virginia // Muslim
Imrana A. Umar is Co-founder & President of International Interfaith Peace Corps (IIPC). Imrana has over 30 years of private- and public-sector experience in policy design and implementation. He oversees the overall administrative and programming activities of IIPC in the areas of Healthcare, Education, Governance and Socio-economic Development through religious diplomacy. Imrana is also the co-founder, President & CEO of Powersim Solutions, a simulation-based business strategy consulting company and has guided the overall vision, strategy and operations of the company since 2001. He has consulting experience in both private and public sectors in several industries.
Richard Reoch // London // Buddhist
Richard Reoch is the Personal Envoy of the Sakyong of Shambhala, a Buddhist lineage devoted to the Buddha’s teachings on enlightened society. From 2002 to 2014 he was the President of Shambhala’s global community with members in over 30 countries. Born in Canada in 1948, he has dedicated his working life to the defence of human rights, peace building and environmental protection.
He has led consultations on peace and justice issues in Ireland (north and south), been an adviser to the Indo-British Project on the Prevention of Torture on behalf of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, and is currently chair of the International Working Group on Sri Lanka which supports the search for a durable peace in Sri Lanka.
Rumana Ahmed // Maryland // Muslim
Rumana Ahmed served in the White House for 5.5 years since 2011. As a Senior Advisor in the National Security Council, she worked on advancing relations with Cuba, Laos and Burma, promoting global
entrepreneurship among women and youth, advocating the protection of persecuted communities (Rohingya, Iraqi Christians),
and advising the President’s engagements with Muslims. Prior to the NSC, she was the interim liaison to Muslim, Arab and Iranian American communities on domestic policy initiatives in the Office of Public Engagement. She is a speaker, author and has been a press commentator. Her publication in The Atlantic was named the top 50 most-engaged internet articles of 2017.
She has a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University. Rumana is the daughter of
Bangladeshi immigrants and is from Maryland.
Imam Malik Mujahid // Chicago, IL // Muslim
Imam Malik Mujahid is President of Sound Vision. He chairs Faith Coalition to Stop the genocide of Rohingyas in Burma. Imam Mujahid is chair emeritus of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.Imam Mujahid was selected seven times as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world in 2011-2017
Schedule
The delegation will hold a press conference in Cox’s Baxar on Wednesday. On March 26 and 27th, the delegates headed directly to the refugee camps at Cox’s Bazaar.

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