Author: Kristin Wright

Kristin Wright

Kristin Wright is the director of advocacy at Open Doors USA. She covers human rights, international religious freedom and refugee issues for The Philos Project blog, as well as for The Huffington Post and, among other publications. She has traveled widely throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Her recent trips include visiting displaced Christians in Iraq, Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and victims of persecution in Ethiopia and Nigeria. Kristin’s background in refugee resettlement inspired her 2013 TEDx talk titled, “The Power of Welcome.” She blogs at

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Islamic State, Pakistan Listed as Major Offenders in Department of State’s Report on Religious Freedom

By Kristin Wright Monday, August 21, 2017

Rex Tillerson has released the State Department’s International Religious Freedom Annual Report, detailing the state of religious freedom around the world.


A Glimpse Inside a Refugee’s World

By Kristin Wright Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Today, on World Refugee Day, let us do everything we can to remind refugees around the world that they are not forgotten.

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It’s Time to Focus on Religious Freedom in America’s Foreign Policy

By Kristin Wright Wednesday, April 19, 2017

International religious freedom cannot wait. It is time for the United States to stop turning a blind eye to this crucial issue.


This Easter, Remember Christians Around the World Who Carry the Cross of Persecution

By Kristin Wright Sunday, April 16, 2017

The level of risk that hundreds of thousands of believers face this Easter Sunday – for the simple act of going to church – is undeniably heartbreaking.

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Nadia Murad’s Invincible Voice for Yazidi Women

By Kristin Wright Monday, March 27, 2017

“I ask the Iraqi government and the U.N. to establish an investigation and give all victims of ISIS the justice they deserve.”


Shadows and Silence: Ten Years after Levinson’s Disappearance, His Family Begs Trump to Bring Him Home

By Kristin Wright Monday, March 20, 2017

Ten years ago, CIA consultant and former FBI Agent Robert Levinson went missing in Iran. Today, his family begs the president to demand his release.


‘We Need to Be One in This:’ Iraqi Refugees Reclaiming Dignity In Crisis

By Kristin Wright Wednesday, January 4, 2017

This is the story of Al-Hadaf, a ministry that provides support and hope to Iraqi Christian refugee women who have lost everything, and the woman who started it all.

Mass Exodus of Christian Population in the Middle East Means Losses

By Kristin Wright Thursday, June 30, 2016

In recent years the Christian population in the Middle East has diminished rapidly due to violent persecution. What might be the economic and societal impact on the region as Christians vacate in vast numbers?

Refugee Report: Persecution Continues in Germany

By Kristin Wright Wednesday, May 18, 2016

An estimated one million refugees from Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, and many other nations are now residing in Germany. Reports say persecution continues.

Anniversary of Chibok Girls Kidnapping Marks Connection of Islamic State and Boko Haram

By Kristin Wright Thursday, April 14, 2016

On the anniversary of the Chibok girls kidnapping, we talk to the father of one of the abductees and highlight the connection between ISIS and Boko Haram.