April 2002

 

The Global Network Report

Positioned to Link 125 Nations in 2002

THE MISSION: Advocates International was launched in 1991 envisioning a global network of law professionals and national leaders committed to religious freedom, conflict resolution and the integration of faith and profession. Advocates' mission is to link law professionals within an existing reality, the Body of Christ. Three major challenges made this organization a necessity.

First, when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and the Soviet Union collapsed two years later, many leaders proclaimed "the window is open" for religious freedom and democracy. But they warned "the window may close again." The window was simply a metaphor for law. What had been illegal under decades of communism had suddenly become legal. The fear that religious activities might once again become illegal demanded action by competent law professionals.

Second, scholars foresaw what was later called a "clash of civilizations" as one of the greatest challenges facing the world in the 21st Century. Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and other dominant faith traditions appeared to be on a collision course with Christianity and each other. Hardening fault lines among the world's major religions created a need for networking among professionals trained in universal principles of conflict resolution.

Finally, the collapse of ethical, moral and spiritual norms on all continents and the embrace of secular relativism and materialism had become epidemic. The unbridled corruption permeating all spheres of society called for Christians in the legal profession to be salt and light.

THE STRATEGY: Ongoing religious persecution, terrorism and rampant corruption demonstrate that Advocates' mission is as relevant today as it was in 1991. Our strategy is drawn from Christ's Good Samaritan parable, in which the Samaritan brought the robbed and battered victim to a local innkeeper for care. Advocates identifies "innkeepers" within a nation who have the licenses, languages, and contacts to advance religious freedom, justice and reconciliation. They are positioned to serve those in need, whether presidents, pastors or prisoners. Unlike foreign advocates, who inevitably must return home - and may not even be welcome - local "innkeepers" can't "go back home" because they are home.

THE IMPACT: Today the global network links over 30,000 followers of Christ in the legal profession in nearly 100 nations. In 1998, Advocates International launched its first regional association, the African Christian Lawyers Network, which connects national fellowships reaching over 10,000 law professionals. Similar networks in Asia, Europe and Latin America are also thriving. In addition, Advocates has linked existing fellowships of Christian lawyers in Australia, Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, South Korea, the U.K and the U.S., among others. These regional networks are cooperating across national borders and continental divides on issues ranging from religious persecution, judicial independence and prison reform to orphanages, street children and legal aid.

By connecting advocates within a region and around the globe, Advocates helps innkeepers draw on each other's expertise. For example, innkeepers in Portugal helped draft an excellent church-state law that was passed by the Portuguese parliament in 2000. Innkeepers elsewhere in Europe, especially in those nations transitioning from communism, are using this law as a model.

Likewise, another innkeeper was invited to be on a Bulgarian national radio panel to discuss judicial corruption with only 24 hours to prepare. Within hours, Advocates Europe colleagues from ten nations provided him with invaluable ideas. As a result, he was able to share a broad range of expertise on this crucial issue with the national audience.

Another example of a successful international cooperation by our innkeepers involved a deportation case in Israel. The police confiscated videos of inspiring personal testimonies by three adult sisters who were Messianic Jews. Although born in Ethiopia, they had been raised in Israel since early childhood. When Israel threatened to deport them because of their testimonies, Advocates' innkeepers from a dozen nations on three continents signed and sent a joint letter of concern to the Minister of the Interior. The Minister allowed the sisters to stay.

Finally, when 15 Greek Pentecostals were charged with the crime of "proselytizing" for sharing their faith, our Greek innkeeper drew on the international expertise within Advocates' global network. After a seven-hour trial, the 15 were all acquitted.

Overall, the Advocates network has been active in religious liberty challenges in over 60 nations, including 29 former and present communist nations and 26 nations where Islam is a major challenge facing followers of Christ. In addition, in partnership with Peacemaker Ministries,Advocates has trained delegates from nearly 90 nations in biblical conflict resolution.

THE PARTNERS: Advocates International collaborates with several other global networks of like heart and mind including: Institute for Global Engagement, founded by former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Robert Seiple; Prison Fellowship International; International Justice Mission; International Center for Religion & Diplomacy; World Evangelical Alliance's Religious Liberty Commission, directed by Advocates' Board member, Johan Candelin; and the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, whose Executive Director, Steven McFarland, is a former Advocates' Board member.

THE STAFF: The diversity of Advocates' staff places us in the unique position to multiply our limited resources for maximal impact. Although our home office only has seven staff, they come from places as varied as Canada, Finland, Ghana, Guam, Sweden and the U.S. The international staff includes lawyers practicing in Asia, Europe and South America. The core budget for all home office and international staff - including 10 lawyers - plus office expenses, development and travel (excluding conferences and special projects) is about $300 per hour, equal to the rate charged by leading U.S. law firms for just one associate!

THE REPORT: After brief regional summaries, this report shares snapshots of Advocates' activities in 97 nations. Individuals who attended Advocates' Convocations in the United States between 1998 and 2001 are noted as "Convocation alumni," while those who participated in regional conferences are identified as "conference participants."

 

REGIONAL SUMMARIES, 2002 GOALS AND CONFERENCES

The goal for 2002 is to broaden the network by linking law professionals from at least 125 nations. Advocates International hopes to see delegates from these nations at the regional conferences, including our first lawyers conference in the Middle East in the spring of 2002.

AFRICA: There are 53 nations within the African community. Advocates' goal for 2002 is to have professional contacts in 25 nations and to see many of them participate in the August 8-10 conference in Accra, Ghana. Jonelle Tetteh-Ocloo, a graduate of Yale Law School, serves as Advocates' Liaison to Africa and to the African Christian Lawyer Network that links over 10,000 lawyers throughout the continent.

ASIA: There are 50 nations within the Asian community. There are an estimated 10,000 Christian lawyers, judges and national leaders throughout Asia. Advocates' goal for 2002 is to have professional contacts in 30 nations and to see many of them participate in the October 15-20 conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Advocates' Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Wally Cheney, a graduate of the University of South Carolina Law School, serves as Advocates' Liaison to Asia. From 1990 to 1999, Mr. Cheney was the Assistant Director and General Counsel of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

AUSTRALASIA: There are 14 island nations plus Australia within this region. Advocates' goal for 2002 is to have professional contacts in 5 nations and to see many of them participate in the May 2-5 conference to be held in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

EUROPE: There are 45 nations in the European community. There are an estimated 3,000 Christian law professionals throughout Europe. Advocates' goal for 2002 is to have professional contacts in 40 nations and to see many of them participate in the June 6-9 Advocates Europe conference to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria. Advocates' Staff Counsel, Johanna Blom, is a University of Toronto Law School graduate who was raised in Canada and Finland. She is proficient in English, French, Finnish and Swedish and serves as Advocates Liaison to Europe.

THE AMERICAS: There are 36 countries in North and South America, including 15 Caribbean island nations. There are over 5,000 Christian law professionals in Latin America and over 13,000 in North America. Advocates' goal for 2002 is to have professional contacts in all nations and to see delegates from at least 25 nations participate in the September 16-19 Red Latinoaméricana de Abogadas y Abogados Cristianos (RLAAC) conference to be held in Costa Rica. Advocates' Liaison for Latin America, Carlos Zelada, is a recent graduate of Pontificia Universidad Católica Law School in Lima, Peru, where he teaches law.

UNITED NATIONS : Advocates' President Sam Ericsson, a graduate of Harvard Law School, has addressed the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva on several occasions on behalf of persecuted believers. Between 1999 and 2001, Advocates had a full-time UN office in Geneva and opened the Rule of Law Forum at the United Nations in New York City. Advocates has helped several groups secure consultative status at the UN, including the World Evangelical Alliance. Advocates' Liaison to the UN is the former Bulgarian UN Ambassador, Slavi Pachovski. He is a graduate of Sofia University and has a doctorate from a French university.

 

ADVOCATES INTERNATIONAL

Directors & Staff for 2002

Board of Directors:

President & CEO Samuel E. Ericsson, Advocates International, Fairfax, VA

Chairman Lynn R. Buzzard, Professor, Campbell U. Law School, Buies Creek, NC

Vice Chairman Samuel B. Casey, Exec. Director, Christian Legal Society, Annandale, VA

Secretary Ann Buwalda, Just Law and U.S. Director, Jubilee Campaign, Fairfax, VA

Treasurer Wallace H. Cheney, Advocates International, Fairfax, VA

Past Chairman John E. Langlois, Carey & Langlois, Isle of Guernsey Parliament

Africa & Asia Focus John W. Johnson, Attorney at Law, Poulsbo, WA

Balkan Focus Roger D. Sherrard, Partner, Sherrard & McGonagle, Poulsbo, WA

Lawyers Network Timothy C. Klenk, Partner, Ross & Hardies, Chicago, IL

Global Network Johan Candelin, Director, WEA Religious Liberty Commission, Finland

Ethics Advisor Kenneth W. Starr, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, Washington, DC

Conflict Resolution Chip Zimmer, Int'l Dir., Peacemaker Ministries, Billings, MT

 

Home Office:

Samuel E. Ericsson, President and Chief Executive Officer

Wallace H. Cheney, Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Johanna Blom, Staff Counsel & Europe Liaison

Jonelle Tetteh-Ocloo, Staff Counsel & Africa Liaison

Lourdes Pisciotti, Director of Administration

Gloria J. Cheney, International Prayer Network Coordinator

Samuel E. Logan, Executive Assistant & Asia Liaison

 

International Staff:

Latchezar Popov, Director, Rule of Law Institute, Sofia, Bulgaria

Baasankhuu Octyabar, Rule of Law Institute, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Carlos Zelada, Liaison for Red Latinoaméricana de Abogadas y Abogados Cristiana

Ambassador Slavi Pachovski, Liaison to the United Nations, New York

 

Former Staff:

Karen Lord, Staff Counsel 1993-95, Counsel for Relig. Freedom, U.S. Congress, 1995-2001

David Treadwell, Exec. VP, 1995-1997; Exec. Dir., Central Union Mission, Washington, DC


Former Board Members:

Steven McFarland, 1993-1995; Exec. Dir., U.S. Comm. on Int'l Relig. Freedom, 1999-present

Ronald W. Nikkel, 1993-2001; President, Prison Fellowship Int'l, Washington, DC

Paul McKaughan, 1993-2000; President, EFMA and ACMC, Atlanta, GA

William Kynes, Ph.D., 1993-2000; Pastor, National Evangelical Free Church, Annandale, VA

John Littlejohn, Ph.D., 1993-1998; Businessman, Colorado Springs, CO

Douglas Collins, Ph.D., 1993-2001; Educator, Springfield, VA

Michael Easley, M.Div., 1995-1997; Pastor, Immanuel Bible Church, Springfield, VA

Ron Aucutt, 1995-2000; Former Moderator, Evangelical Free Church USA;Partner, McGuire Woods Battle & Booth, McLean, VA



COUNTRY SKETCHES

The following sketches focus generally on country-wide activities and not on the work of a specific person. Where specific cases are mentioned, individual names are not included in order to respect the privacy of our advocates.

AFRICA

Botswana: Advocates International ("AI") contacts are organizing Christian lawyers. One of them is active in pursuing prison reform.

Burkina Faso: Convocation alumnus organizing Christian lawyers.

Cameroon:Convocation alumnus organizing Christian lawyers and conflict resolution program.

Cote d'Ivoire: Convocation alumnus organizing Christian lawyers and conflict resolution program.

Congo: Convocation alumnus networking in Africa on peace and justice issues.

Egypt: Convocation alumni advocating on behalf of Coptic and evangelical Christians.

Eritrea: Convocation alumni include Supreme Court justice and former deputy minister of justice who are active in reconciliation efforts between Eritreans and Ethiopians after a devastating ten-year war. AI successfully intervened to stop confiscation by the government of church schools and orphanages.

Ethiopia: Convocation and African conference alumnus is former Supreme Court justice and leads the Ethiopian Christian Lawyer Fellowship. Focus is on legal education and strengthening the independence of the judiciary.

Gambia: There is a convocation alumnus but no significant activities yet.

Ghana: Convocation alumni include a specialist and lecturer in alternative dispute resolution and an advocate for women's rights, and the senior pastor (a lawyer) of a 7,000-member church. Ghana will host the 2002 ACLN Conference during August 8-10.

Kenya: Convocation and African conference alumni are leaders in the 350-member Kenya Christian Lawyer Fellowship (KCLF). KCLF has established the multi-city Christian Legal Education Aid Research (CLEAR) program with full-time staff. KCLF was instrumental in reforming the laws to enable street children to obtain the all-important identity cards that are required for schooling and employment. In addition, the Kenya Human Rights Commission assigns key cases to KCLF for pro bono representation.

Nigeria: Convocation and African conference alumni are leaders in the Christian Lawyers Association for Nigeria (CLASFON), a network linking over 20 state-chapters with 8,000 lawyers, judges, and law students. Active in a broad range of issues including the growing Moslem issues in the north.

Rwanda: Contact with Christian lawyer serving as legal advisor to the President.

Senegal: There are convocation alumni but no significant activities yet.

Sierra Leone: Contacts with several former members of Parliament.

South Africa: Convocation and Africa conference alumni are leaders in the 350-member Christian Lawyers Association of Southern Africa (CLASA) that is active in a broad range of issues including reconciliation programs. AI helped fund and provide expertise for the first lawsuit in South Africa's history seeking to stop abortion. The first racially integrated law partnership was formed between two CLASA members.

Sudan: Convocation alumnus advocates on behalf of women and children at the U.N.

Swaziland: There are convocation alumni but no significant activities yet.

Togo: Convocation and African conference alumni organizing Christian lawyers.

Uganda: Convocation and African conference alumni are leaders in the 100-member Ugandan Christian Lawyers Fellowship (UCLF) which is active in a broad range of issues including human rights and legal aid for the poor and defenseless, constitutional reform on societal moral issues, and law student ministries. The UCLF president serves as the legal advisor to the President of Uganda. UCLF hosted the 2001 African Christian Lawyer Network conference.

Zambia: Convocation and African conference alumni organized the Christian Lawyer Foundation of Zambia. They are active in human rights, particularly those facing women and children. An alumnus developed a program to train pastors on the role of the church in preventing corruption.

Zimbabwe: Convocation and African conference alumni organized the Christian Legal Society of Zimbabwe that has established city chapters in the nation's largest cities with 60 members. One alumnus serves as the Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Commission of the African Evangelical Association that reaches nearly 30 African nations.

 

ASIA

Afghanistan: AI has some contacts through other Central Asian Convocation alumni but there is currently nothing active in this war-torn nation.

Azerbaijan: Convocation alumnus is active in key religious liberty issues in this former Soviet Republic.

Cambodia: Asia conference participants are active in this troubled nation.

China: Convocation and Asia conference alumni, alongside Advocates' staff and board members are building professional relationships that are bearing short-term and long-term fruit. In 1997, AI was instrumental in getting a clarification by the China Religious Affairs Bureau on the rights of Chinese citizens to meet in their homes for Bible study without the need to register.

India: The nearly 30 Convocation and Asia conference alumni have organized Christian lawyer fellowships in several provinces. There are an estimated 5,000 Christian lawyers in the world's largest democracy, where the Christian population of 20 million is only 2% of the population. The advocates are taking an active role in addressing the escalating religious persecution occurring in India.

Indonesia: Five Asian conference participants are organizing Christian lawyers in a country that is experiencing escalating religious persecution.

Israel: Convocation and Europe conference alumni are engaged in key religious liberty and justice issues. They are organizing a fellowship of Christian lawyers. In 2000, convocation alumni organized a conference on conflict resolution and reconciliation co-sponsored by AI and Peacemaker Ministries. Over 60 Messianic Jews and Arab Christians participated.

Jordan: Convocation alumni are organizing Arab Christian lawyers in the Middle East.

Kazakhstan: Convocation and Europe conference alumni are organizing Christian lawyers and are strategically engaged in key religious liberty issues in the courts, government and Parliament in this former Soviet Republic.

Korea: In 2001, Korea hosted the first Advocates Asia conference. Several Christian lawyer fellowships joined together with Love Church in Seoul to organize this conference with 200 participants from 22 nations. There are an estimated 1,600 Christian lawyers and judges in South Korea.

Kyrgyzstan: Convocation and Asia conference alumni are strategically engaged in issues impacting justice, reconciliation and religious minorities in this former Soviet Republic.

Laos: Asia conference participants are quietly engaged in strategic issues.

Malaysia: Convocation and Asia conference alumni are actively engaged in religious liberty matters in their nation and region. Malaysia will host the 2002 Advocates Asia conference October 15-20.

Mongolia: Convocation and Asia conference alumni and Advocates International have worked closely together with the Mongolian Supreme Court since 1996. AI has co-sponsored nine judicial conferences and gave input to the new Canon of Judicial Ethics. AI's Mongolian Rule of Law Institute is engaged in a broad range of church-state and human rights issues. It has assisted in registering scores of ministries and churches, including the re-registration of the Union Bible Training Center which had been shut down by government officials.

Myanmar (Burma): Convocation and Asia conference alumni are active in strategic issues in one of the world's most difficult nations.

Nepal: Active in Nepal since 1993, Convocation and Asia conference alumni have been engaged in strategic religious liberty, justice and reconciliation issues. AI helped organize the Golden Rule Society in 1993 that enabled 110 U.S. doctors and nurses to give medical aid to 8,000 refugees. The alumni are extensively engaged in protecting orphans and refugees.

Pakistan: AI successfully intervened in 1993 on behalf of a Christian sentenced to death for "blasphemy." Convocation alumni, including a former Supreme Court justice, have been engaged in strategic religious liberty, justice and reconciliation issues. There are over 80 Christian lawyers in the Punjab province alone. AI has been active in strategic religious liberty matters in Pakistan since 1992.

Philippines: AI has several contacts but nothing active yet.

Singapore: AI has several contacts but nothing active yet.

Sri Lanka: Convocation and Asia conference alumni include several religious liberty advocates and the director of the Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.

Taiwan: AI has several contacts but nothing active yet.

Thailand: Several Asia conference participants are beginning to organize Christian lawyers.

Turkmenistan: AI has contacts in this former Soviet Republic but nothing active yet.

Uzbekistan: Several Asia conference participants are beginning to work in this former Soviet Republic.

Vietnam: Convocation and Asia conference alumni include three young attorneys practicing in Hanoi.

 

AUSTRALASIA

Australia: Convocation and Asia conference alumni are spearheading the Australian Christian lawyer fellowships that have mushroomed in recent years. There are over 250 lawyers in various fellowship groups throughout Australia. They are taking an active role in an expanding range of issues. They will host the Australasia 2002 conference during May 2-5.

New Zealand: AI has contacts but nothing active yet. AI meetings are planned for April 2002.

Papau New Guinea: Convocation and Asia conference alumnus is organizing and motivating Christian lawyers and judges to take an active role in justice, ethics and reconciliation issues.

Tonga: Convocation alumni are organizing Christian lawyers and motivating them to take an active role in social issues in this and neighboring island nations.

 

EUROPE

Albania: AI has been active in Albania since 1992. Several AI Board members have worked closely with the judiciary since 1993. AI has co-sponsored seven judicial conferences reaching over 350 judges. It also co-chaired a 1996 conference on the rights of religious minorities and was invited to give input on drafts of the new Constitution. Several Convocation and Europe conference alumni are actively engaged in religious liberty, human rights, reconciliation, judicial independence and ethics issues. AI has a close working relationship with the President and key government officials.

Armenia: AI has been active in this former Soviet Republic since 1995. Convocation and Europe conference alumni, including a member of the Constitutional Court, worked with AI to organize judicial conferences in 1995 and 2001. The alumni are mobilizing the Christian lawyers in Armenia.

Austria: AI has key contacts with church-state scholars and government officials but nothing with lawyers or judges yet.

Belarus: Convocation alumnus is active in several justice issues in this former Soviet Republic.

Belgium: AI has contacts with several European Union agencies in Brussels but nothing active.

Bulgaria: AI has been active in Bulgaria since 1991 and launched the Bulgarian Rule of Law Institute (RLI) in 1995. RLI is the most active network of Christian lawyers on the European continent with nearly 200 members. It is engaged in 22 projects focusing on religious liberty, human rights, law students and ethics. The Institute works effectively with all faith traditions, government agencies and the Parliament. Bulgaria will host the Advocates Europe 2002 conference during June 6-9.

Croatia: Europe conference participants is active in religious liberty and human rights issues.

Czech Republic: Convocation alumnus is the Vice President of the Supreme Court. There is nothing active yet among Christian lawyers.

Estonia: AI has key contacts with those engaged in major church-state matters but nothing active among lawyers and judges yet.

Finland: Convocation alumni include the Deputy Chief Secretary of the Supreme Court and the President of the Prison Court. They have organized a group of Christian lawyers that meets regularly. AI's Board member, Johan Candelin, a Lutheran pastor, who has been active in religious persecution matters for two decades.

France: Convocation alumni are actively engaged in strategic religious freedom cases. They include a Parisian lawyer who serves as lead counsel in a major Christian school case.

Georgia: AI's Board Chairman, Lynn Buzzard, has been working on church-state matters in Georgia since the early 1990s.

Germany: Europe conference participant is active with other Christian lawyers in Germany. AI has contacts with parliamentarians but there is no active group of lawyers yet.

Greece: Convocation and Europe conference alumni include the Executive Director of the European Center for Law and Justice who is a leading religious liberty advocate in Greece. He was successful as lead defense counsel in a major case where 15 Pentecostals were acquitted of charges for proselytizing.

Guernsey: AI's former Board Chairman (1996-2001) John Langlois has served in Parliament for 20 years. He is the Chairman of the Religious Liberty Commission for the World Evangelical Alliance.

Hungary: AI has several contacts but nothing active with Christian lawyers yet.

Ireland: AI has several contacts but nothing active with Christian lawyers yet.

Latvia: Convocation alumni include several Christian lawyers but no significant activities yet.

Macedonia: Convocation alumnus is active in parliamentary matters.

Moldova: Convocation alumnus is active in several social justice issues.

Netherlands: Convocation alumni include a leading church-state advocate.

Norway: AI several contacts with parliamentarians but nothing active among Christian lawyers yet.

Poland: Convocation alumni, including a family court judge, are organizing Christian lawyers.

Portugal: Advocates Portugal has 25 members active in various church-state and related matters. They helped draft a new law on church-state relations that is a model for other European nations. Convocation alumni include the President of Advocates Europe who was the chief organizer of the 2001 Advocates Europe conference.

Romania: Convocation alumni have organized the Association of Christian Lawyers in Romania, with nearly 50 lawyers, judges, and law professors. They are active in several strategic religious liberty cases.

Russia: AI has been active in Russia since 1991 and was instrumental in helping launch and enable several groups engaged in religious freedom and prison reform issues. Convocation and Europe conference alumni include several of the leading religious liberty advocates in Russia. For example, one alumnus prepared a CD on all the laws, regulations and procedures that affect churches and ministries. The CD was helpful in preventing hundreds of churches from being closed because of registration issues. There are an estimated 1,000 Christian lawyers throughout Russia.

Spain: Convocation alumni are beginning to organize about 40 Christian lawyers. They will host a joint conference with their Portuguese colleagues in spring, 2002. They are active in key church-state issues.

Sweden: Europe conference participant is active in religious liberty matters in Central Asia. AI has several key contacts among Christian lawyers and in Sweden's parliament but nothing active yet.

Turkey: AI has been active in advocacy on behalf of religious minorities in Turkey since 1993. Convocation alumni are active in several strategic religious liberty matters.

Ukraine: AI has several contacts but nothing active with Christian lawyers yet. Convocation alumnus is active with parliamentarians on several strategic religious liberty matters.

United Kingdom: A Convocation and Europe conference alumnus is providing dynamic leadership as the director of the 1800-member Lawyers' Christian Fellowship, the oldest Christian lawyer association in the world. Another serves as a judge and launched a Christian conflict resolution program in the UK.Convocation alumni are organizing about 25 Christian lawyers in Scotland.

Yugoslavia: Several Convocation alumni are active in legal education in Kosova.

 

THE AMERICAS

Argentina: Latin conference participants are beginning to organize an estimated 500 Christian lawyers who are active in several key issues facing their nation.

Bolivia: Latin conference participants are beginning to organize an estimated 30 Christian lawyers.

Brazil: Convocation alumnus is beginning to organize Christian lawyers in this large nation.

Canada: Convocation alumni include the executive director of the 300-member Christian Legal Fellowship of Canada. CLF is engaged in a broad range of activities and issues in Canada, including church-state and human rights matters.

Chile: Convocation and Latin conference alumni are beginning to organize an estimated 350 Christian lawyers and are fully engaged in church-state issues.

Colombia: Convocation and Latin conference alumni are beginning to organize the estimated 500 Christian lawyers in Colombia. They are engaged in many crucial issues facing their troubled nation.

Costa Rica: Convocation and Latin conference alumni are beginning to organize an estimated 50 Christian lawyers in Costa Rica. They are strategically engaged in many issues impacting justice and reconciliation. Costa Rica will host the 2002 Latin Conference during September 16-19. Advocates' Board member, Ken Starr, will speak. Two Nobel Peace Prize winners have also been invited.

Ecuador: Convocation and Latin conference alumni are beginning to organize an estimated 500 Christian lawyers in Ecuador. They are active in justice issues impacting the poor and defenseless.

El Salvador: Convocation and Latin conference alumni are beginning to organize Christian lawyers in El Salvador, estimated to be around 500. They provide legal aid for the needy.

Guatemala: Convocation and Latin conference alumni are organizing an estimated 1,000 Christian lawyers in Guatemala. They are engaged in a broad range of issues including religious liberty matters.

Honduras: Convocation and Latin conference alumni are beginning to organize Christian lawyers in Honduras, estimated at around 500. They are active in justice issues impacting the poor and defenseless.

Mexico: Convocation alumnus and other contacts are seeking to build relationships with Christian lawyers in Mexico.

Nicaragua: Convocation and Latin conference alumni are beginning to organize an estimated 500 Christian lawyers in Nicaragua. They work closely with the medical profession in addressing the needs of the poor.

Peru: Inspired by our 2000 Convocation, a law professor returned to Peru to organize the Sociedad Juridica Cristiana de Peru (SJC). SJC has nearly 100 members of an estimated 350 Christian lawyers in Peru. They are extensively engaged in church-state, peace and reconciliation issues. In 2001, SJC hosted the first Latin advocates conference. Another Convocation alumnus directs Peace & Hope organization engaged throughout Latin America in religious liberty, justice and reconciliation issues.

Trinidad & Tobago: Convocation alumni have organized the Christian lawyers on this island nation. They are engaged in a broad range of issues.

United States: AI has a very strong and complementary relationship with the 3,500-member Christian Legal Society. AI's founder and president, Sam Ericsson, served as executive director of CLS from 1985 to 1991. AI's current Board chairman, Lynn Buzzard, served as CLS executive director from 1971 to 1985. Sam Casey, the current executive director of CLS serves as current AI Vice Chairman. Virtually all of the volunteers that AI has engaged since 1991 in their overseas programs are CLS members. Since 1998, the AI global Convocations have participated in the CLS national conference. The 2002 CLS conference will be held in Savannah, Georgia during October 31-November 3.

Uruguay: Latin conference participant is seeking other Christian lawyers in this nation.

Venezuela: Convocation and Latin conference alumni are beginning to organize an estimated 500 Christian lawyers in Venezuela. They are engaged in justice issues impacting the poor.