|11/16/2010: USCIRF Welcomes 2010-2011 Crapa Fellows|
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“USCIRF is proud to welcome this impressive group of scholars whose wide array of experiences and knowledge will contribute to our goal of advancing religious freedom while also honoring the memory of Joseph R. Crapa,” said Leonard Leo, USCIRF chair.
A committed public servant, Mr. Crapa guided USCIRF with consummate skill, combining a keen sense of public service with an abiding commitment to advancing the cause of religious freedom. During his tenure as Executive Director, he helped USCIRF amplify its voice and broaden its reach.
Before joining USCIRF, Mr. Crapa spent a year as chief of staff to Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). Earlier, he held legislative and public affairs positions with the Agency for International Development and the Environmental Protection Agency. He was chief of staff for Rep. David R. Obey (D-Wis.) from 1987 to 1997, the last three years as Democratic counsel to the House Appropriations Committee. He served as USCIRF’s Executive Director from 2002 until his untimely death in 2007.
The biographies of the 2010-2011 Crapa Fellows are as follows:
USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the leadership of both political parties in the Senate and the House of Representatives. USCIRF’s principal responsibilities are to review the facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom internationally and to make policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State and Congress.