In 2011, Congressman Frank R. Wolf introduced the first bill to amend and strengthen the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA). When Congress failed to pass that amendment before Congressman Wolf retired in January 2015, Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act.
Participants in the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Roundtable, an informal nongovernmental group of individuals who analyze and advise on religious freedom issues, have been advocating for this legislation since that time.
The advance of international religious freedom is a national security imperative for America and the entire world. It is the IAS that is working to ensure religious freedom for all religions, not just our own.