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Welcome to IPR

The Institute for Policy Research at The Catholic University of America is a community of scholars and researchers engaged in the analysis of public policy issues related to Catholic social thought. The interests we serve are broad and are reflected in our motto: ecclesia, patria, mundi -- Church, country, world. 

Announcing:  Under Caesar's Sword:  How Christians Respond to Persecution  

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This book, with research from Iraq by Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love, is written for anyone concerned about the persecution of Christians or more generally about the human right of religious freedom, including scholars, activists, political and religious leaders, and those who work for international organizations.

  • Brings attention to the underreported plight of persecuted Christians
  • Includes details of persecution in twenty-four countries
  • Will help activists and officials respond more effectively to persecution

Genocide in Iraq: 

"What began as a group of volunteers grew into a 'Genocide Working Group' that worked closely with Congress to make real, continuing  progress on the genocide issue."                                         Robert Destro, Dir., IPR

Representative Jeff Fortenberry, (R) of Nebraska and Anna Eshoo (D) of California, were instrumental in working with the Genocide Working Group to get a genocide resolution passed in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016. 

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Coming Up - Friday, March 23rd!


Open to the Public:

A panel discussion, hosted by The Heritage Foundation, on ISIS' genocide of Christians and the fate of their future in the Middle East. The panel will feature several experts on human rights and religious freedom including IPR's Director Bob Destro.

 The panel discussion will take place at The Heritage Foundation Lehrman Auditorium on Friday, March 23rd from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. The event will also be live streamed for those who may not be able to make it. For more information or to RSVP, please click here.


 International Program Associates

The Catholic University of America’s (CUA) Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (IPR) is offering international social development experiences to CUA graduating undergraduates, masters and doctoral students. International Program Associates (IPA) provides a unique opportunities (social, economic, legal, and other) to gain professional international social development experience by spending 10-weeks during the summer working for an international NGOs.

For more information about IPA, please visit the IPA website