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Erin D. Singshinsuk Appointed Executive Director of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

December 20, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today announced the appointment of Erin D. Singshinsuk as USCIRF’s Executive Director.

“USCIRF is very pleased to welcome Erin D. Singshinsuk to the Commission as its new Executive Director,” said USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J. “In her capacity since September as USCIRF’s Acting Executive Director, Erin has impressed Commissioners with her understanding of USCIRF’s mission, passion for excellence, and grasp of the important role religious freedom plays in U.S. foreign policy. Erin’s managerial skills also will contribute to  USCIRF’s overall efficiency of operations to better fulfill our important mandate.

Ms. Singshinsuk has over 25 years of experience managing and working directly in support of federal commissions.  She has been affiliated with numerous organizations with an international focus, including the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) where she served as the Vice President for Management and the Chief Financial Officer.  Ms. Singshinsuk also has provided support for a variety of Federal Agencies including USCIRF, the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF), the U.S-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission that was created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.   USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the Congressional leadership of both political parties. USCIRF uses international human rights standards to monitor the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress.

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