ON-Lion Letter
Bradley Prize recipient Leonard A. Leo, executive vice president of The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., was elected chairman of the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in late June.

"It's a privilege to serve as chairman," Leo said.  "It is my hope that, through the Commission's continued work, we will help our government spot and address the many challenges facing the freedom of religion around the world.  I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners to ensure that this basic human right is recognized as an essential and fully integrated component of any successful U.S. foreign, economic, or national security policy strategy."

Leo was appointed to USCIRF by President George W. Bush in 2007.  As a commissioner, he has travelled to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Nigeria, Sudan, and Vietnam to assess religious-freedom violations in those countries.

Earlier this year, Leo was awarded the Bradley Prize along with five other founders and leaders of the Federalist Society, which is substantially supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.

USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan, U.S. government commission.  Its commissioners are appointed by the President and the leadership of both political parties in the Senate and the House of Representatives.  Its principal responsibilities are to review the facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom internationally and to make policy recommendations to the President, the U.S. Secretary of State, and Congress.

Leo began his one-year term as chairman in July.
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