Source: Hindu American Foundation
Hindu American Foundation (HAF) leaders and dozens of supporters descended on Capitol Hill during the Foundation's fifth annual Government Outreach and Leadership Conference garnering support for their agenda of human rights and religious liberty issues. A dinner reception held within the U.S. Capitol's rotunda was attended by legislators and national Hindu leaders alike.
In a sign of the Foundation's growing clout, several members of Congress took time to meet directly with the HAF delegation even on a day overshadowed by furious negotiations over the Bush fiscal rescue package.
"The Hindu American Foundation, through its extensive reports and events, brings much needed attention to the human rights abuses committed against Hindus worldwide," said Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) after meeting with the HAF delegation. "I hope to continue working with the Foundation and my colleagues to ensure these issues are highlighted and the rights of individuals is protected."
Nearly hour long meetings were held in the offices of Senators Barack Obama and John McCain as the foundation pressed senior staffers to respond to a religious freedom and human rights survey that HAF created this election season. The aim of the survey, according to the Foundation is to educate the Hindu American community as to the candidate's perspective and willingness to address concerns unique to their community.