“The mission of 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative is vital: to create a world where religious freedom is recognized by nations across the globe as a fundamental human right. Let us stand together to defend the vulnerable and victimized, and to champion religious freedom and respect for the equal human dignity of persons of every faith.”
ROBERT P. GEORGE
Former USCIRF Chairman
As religious freedom advocates, we mobilize and equip partners, including Christians, activists and people of other faiths, to promote global protections and reforms through Advocacy, Capacity building and Technical innovations (ACT).
Advocacy – Mobilizing large networks, including faith denominations and grassroots, for advocacy on religious freedom policy reforms and protections globally.
Capacity Building – Equipping through trainings and other resources U.S. networks and persecuted communities internationally.
Technology – Employing technical solutions to maximize impact, including virtual trainings and large social media campaigns, as a technology innovation center.
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Our vision is to create a world where religious freedom is embraced as a universal right. The leadership speaks from a distinctly Christian perspective while working on behalf of all individuals regardless of religion, belief, ethnicity, or location.
In the 19th century, British parliamentarian William Wilberforce identified the slave trade as the single greatest violation of human rights. He led a slave trade abolition movement with great intentionality, and his work coincided with a revival. The Wilberforce model – education to raise religious and political awareness, policy engagement, and collaborative partnerships – provides a powerful roadmap to address both the erosion of religious liberty at home and violations of religious freedom abroad.
The 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative is working to empower a global movement to advance religious freedom as a universal right to counteract persecution forces. We believe that large networks of empowered advocates can turn this tide, resulting in the protection of religious communities, the release of the wrongfully imprisoned, and the reform of harmful policies.