Sept 09

12:00 PM

Regency Ballroom

(Omni Shoreham Hotel)

06:30 PM

Regency Ballroom

07:00 PM

Regency Ballroom

07:30 PM

Ambassador Ballroom

Sept 10

07:00 AM

Regency Ballroom

09:00 AM

Capitol Hill

10:15 AM

Congressional Auditorium

Hill Briefing (brief panel event)

Featuring: Nina Shea, Robert Destro Description: Following the theme of the Breakfast keynote, senior advocacy and human rights experts discuss the most effective means of advocacy on the Hill. Educational materials are issued to Diaspora attendees. Discuss includes team assignments and other information.

11:15 AM

Capitol Hill Congressional Auditorium

Remarks by Members of House and Senate

Description: House and Senate members address and engage in Q&A, and (time permitting) meet with Summit attendees. Featuring: Rep. Anna EshooRep. Joe PittsSen. Rob PortmanRep. Chris SmithRep. Lee Terry,Rep. Jim McGovernRep. Ted DeutchRep. Ileana Ros-LehtinenRep. Jeff Fortenberry, Rep. Jim Bridenstine Special Remarks: The Honorable François Puponi, MP 8th District of Val-d-Oise National Assembly of France The Honorable Henri Jibrayel 7th District of Bouches-du-Rhône National Assembly of France

12:30 PM

Capitol Hill Congressional Meeting Rooms South

01:30 PM

House and Senate Offices

Direct Advocacy and Education

Description: Attendees meet at pre-scheduled meetings with targeted key House and Senate members and their staffs to educate them on the crisis. Diaspora meetings will be arranged in advance by IDC staff.

07:30 PM

Ambassador Ballroom

08:00 PM

Regency Ballroom

Gala Solidarity Dinner and Keynote Address

Welcoming Remarks
President, In Defense of Christians
Special Remarks
Dr. Imad S. Mufarrij

Featuring: Sen. Ted CruzHis Beatitude Patriarch John XHis Excellency Mar Ibrahim N. IbrahimPatriarch Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Raï,

Theme: Religious Freedom and Human Dignity
Sept 11

10:30 AM

10:45 AM

Regency Ballroom

Second Panel

Featuring: Sir Rateb Rabie, Robert Danin, James Zogby, Thomas Farr, Nina Shea, Nermien Riad,

Theme: Changing Policy Through Awareness and Advocacy

12:00 PM

12:30 PM

Regency Ballroom

Lunch and Keynote Address

Featuring: Eric Metaxas

Theme: Unity with the Persecuted

01:45 PM

02:00 PM

Regency Ballroom

First Afternoon Panel

Featuring: His Grace Mar Awa RoyelFr. Nabil HaddadDr. Philip SalemNabil CostaJudge Joseph BoohakerNeemat FremCanon Andrew White, Bishop Julian Dobbs, Michael LaCivita, Edward Clancy Theme: Why Christianity Is Vital to the Middle East

04:00 PM

04:15 PM

Regency Ballroom

Second Afternoon Panel

Featuring: Dr. Bronwen Robertson, James Marchant,

Theme: Using Social Media to Promote Human Rights in Iraq, Syria, and Egypt

04:45 PM

Regency Ballroom

Concluding Remarks

Featuring: Toufic Baaklini, Andrew Doran Description: Thanking of attendees and a close with a "call to action."

07:30 PM

Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Church

7142 Alaska Ave, NW.

Washington, D.C. 20012

Special Event

Principal Celebrant and Homilist: His Eminence, Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros Cardinal Raï, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East