The U.S. Senate has just confirmed Rashad Hussain as new Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom (IRF).
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Sean Nelson serves as Legal Counsel for Global Religious Freedom with ADF International, where he advocates on behalf of Christians and other religious minorities being persecuted for their faith around the world.
Sean Nelson serves as Legal Counsel for Global Religious Freedom with ADF International, where he advocates on behalf of Christians and other religious minorities being persecuted for their faith around the world. In this role, he supports ADF International’s Allied Lawyer Network, who represent clients whose freedom of religion is suppressed. Based in Washington, D.C., he engages with the U.S. State Department, U.S. Congress, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, and various other institutions and organizations to coordinate efforts to promote religious freedom worldwide.
Prior to joining ADF International, Nelson was an associate attorney at Jenner & Block LLP in Los Angeles, CA, where he focused on complex commercial litigation and government investigations. He earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School, where he worked as a research assistant helping to develop arguments for robust religious freedom protections in pluralistic societies. He also received an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.A. in English and Art History from the University of Southern California. Nelson is admitted to the bar of the District of Columbia and to the state bar of California.
News & Publications
46 leading global advocates and organisations for religious freedom call for Biden Administration to reinstate Nigeria as a “Country of Particular Concern”.
U.S. State Department removes Country of Particular Concern designation for Nigeria despite worsening religious freedom situation
After nearly two years of major reforms on human rights and democratic governance, the coup has the potential to destabilize the country. In particular, the coup puts the historic progress that Sudan had made recently on protecting religious freedom at grave risk and bodes ill for the rest of Africa,” writes Sean Nelson in Real Clear.
The government concession comes after three cases have been filed to challenge Covid-19 restrictions which maintained a blanket ban on worship, even when malls and business centers could open.
An alliance of Catholic, Evangelical and Muslim faith representatives, along with parliamentarians, have brought a legal challenge to Uganda’s restrictions on public worship because of COVID-19 before the Constitutional Court.