WASHINGTON—The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice has awarded a grant to the American Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME America).
According to Denise Perron, executive director of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, “As part of our work to promote freedom of religion, conscience, and belief, and in support of the American Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East’s advancement of human rights in Iraq, we are pleased to provide them with a grant from our Front Line Fund. We wish them continued success in their noble mission.”
Scott Rye, chairman of FRRME America, said, “Our foundation greatly appreciates this grant and the recognition by the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice of our efforts on behalf of human rights and religious freedom in the Middle East.” FRRME America will apply the grant toward trauma counseling and youth empowerment among the refugee community in Jordan.
Since the rise of the so-called Islamic State in 2014, FRRME America has greatly expanded its efforts in the Middle East, providing humanitarian aid to religious minorities persecuted for their faith, including Christians, Yazidis, Shabaks and Shi’a Muslims. The Foundation seeks longer-term solutions to the complex issues in the region by investing in providing healthcare, trauma counseling, education (from Kindergarten through university) and jobs training.
The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice was founded in 2008 to carry on the work of the late Congressman Tom Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor ever elected to the U.S. Congress and a prominent advocate for human rights worldwide. After his death, the bi-partisan Congressional Human Rights Caucus that he founded to promote and defend international human rights was permanently established as the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.
FRRME America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes reconciliation, provides relief efforts, advances human rights, and seeks an end to sectarian violence in the Middle East.