Friday, July 27, 2018

Pence Announces New US Program To Aid Victims of Genocide and Religious Persecution

Yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence delivered a 30-minute address (full text) at the State Department's Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.  The Vice President called out a long list of countries for their records of religious persecution and intolerance.  He went on to say:
And it’s my privilege as Vice President to announce today that the United States of America will establish the Genocide Recovery and Persecution Response Program, effective today....
Under this new program, the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development will closely partner with local faith and community leaders to rapidly deliver aid to persecuted communities, beginning with Iraq.  Crucially, this support will flow directly to individuals and households most in need of help.