Congressman Jeff Fortenberry

Representing the 1st District of Nebraska

Religious Minorities in the Middle East Caucus

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Bishop Angaelos of the UK Coptic Orthodox Church, and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry discuss religious persecution issues at the U.S. Capitol.  

The Religious Minorities in the Middle East Caucus is a Congressional Member organization in the United States House of Representatives that serves as an informational and advocacy entity for besieged religious minorities who are central to a pluralistic, multi-cultural Middle East. The caucus is co-chaired by Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE). Eshoo, the only Assyrian Member of Congress, has long championed religious freedom in the Middle East. Fortenberry, whose district holds America’s largest number of Yezidi families, was appointed co-chair early this year.

“As the struggle for religious freedom persists in the Middle East, our utmost vigilance to promote democratic values and protection for persecuted innocents in the region is required.” – Congresswoman Eshoo

“The stability and cultural identity of the Middle East depends in part on its mosaic of religious minorities. As Co-Chair of this Caucus, I will continue working so that these great faith traditions can flourish in their ancestral homelands. Congress, as well as the international community, must promote their cause—a cause that is essential to civilization itself.” – Congressman Fortenberry

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