Our mission is to educate the people around the globe about Iraqi Christian persecution, ask for prayers, and raise funds to support their basic humanitarian needs and partake in rebuilding their lives.
Our faith is Christianity. We believe the Bible to be the inspired written Word of God. We encourage prayer for the persecuted Christians, not only in the Middle East, but around the globe, because we have witnessed and experienced the power of prayer. We believe in the loving Trinity of three equally Divine Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We do not discriminate against any Christian denomination. We are all members of the one Body of Christ, regardless of our theological differences.
We affirm that the Assyrians (also known as Chaldeans and Syriacs) are the indigenous people of Iraq and that they thereby have the rights of existence, self-administration, and self-defense in their ancestral homeland, the province of Nineveh.
We believe that the State of Israel (Yisrael) has the right to exist and to thrive as a democracy in the Middle East.
We strongly denounce the atrocities that Islamist extremism is committing against humanity, especially against Christians.
We believe that the essential solution for the Middle East and the whole world is Jesus.
Our first obligation is to help and care for our own Christian brothers and sisters who are in the greatest need.
We will continue to employ all resources at our disposal to help save the lives of Christians who are persecuted, in the most transparent, ethical, and sacrificial manner, reflecting Christ’s love for his Church.
Juliana Taimoorazy is a leading international advocate, speaker and writer advancing awareness of persecution of Christians in the Middle East.
In 2007, Juliana founded the Iraqi Christian Relief Council to shine a light on the plight of Christians in her ancestral homeland and raise funds to deliver food, shelter and medicine to Iraq. Her own unique story as a refugee has made her a strong leader and an unshakable voice for Christians in the Middle East today. Taimoorazy has advised many U.S. based organizations and institutions on the issue of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, has been consulted on developing policy, has authored many articles and continues to speak globally to raise awareness on these important issues.
Juliana’s first-hand knowledge and expertise on Middle East affairs has been vital in her efforts to assist Christians at risk. Her personal network of contacts throughout the region and her unique perspective as a former refugee have been vital to her ongoing efforts to share the message of the plight of Middle Eastern Christians and their desire for religious freedom and their right to live in a pluralistic society.
Understanding the value of religious freedom, she has been known as a “Warrior Against Discrimination”. She has spent much time in building relationships between the Middle Eastern Christians and the Jewish community. She is leading the effort among the Assyrians in America to fight against anti-Semitism in different communities.
Being born and raised in Iran, having direct contact with the Iranians in exiles as well as being connected with the people inside the country, Taimoorazy is able to speak on the current political and humanitarian conditions in Iran.
As a young woman in 1989, fleeing religious harassment in Iran, Juliana was smuggled into Switzerland. After spending seven days in a monastery in Zurich, she was once again smuggled into Germany where she sought religious asylum. In December of 1990 she arrived in America as a refugee in search of religious freedom and the American Dream. In 2000, she obtained her Master’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University. As a passionate leader who knows firsthand how education can transform lives in America, she has helped refugee women obtain an education to rebuild their lives.
With the opportunities afforded to her to achieve the American Dream, in 2006, Juliana made a commitment to be a greater voice and advocate for the persecuted Church in Iraq and those Christians who are still suffer in the Middle East. Since 2007, her ministry, Iraqi Christian Relief Council has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, helping displaced Christians (and other minorities) throughout Iraq and refugees in the neighboring countries with their basic necessities.
Today, through her activism, speaking engagements and regular media appearances, both in the U.S. and internationally, Juliana has tirelessly shared her personal story and promoted the cause of Iraqi Christians throughout the world. She has been featured on FOX News, BBC, Wall Street Journal Live, Newsmax, Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA), and Christian radio programs including CBN.
From her time as an Assyrian Christian living in Iran, Juliana learned to be multi-lingual and is fluent in English, Farsi, and Assyrian. She will soon be releasing a book sharing her personal experiences and the plight of her people, called “Daughter of Nineveh”.
Juliana has a heart for those who have served America in uniform. She helped raise donations for the Wounded Warrior Project, visited veterans at Walter Reed Hospital and gathered care packages for American soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
For her tireless service to humanity, Taimoorazy was nominated for the prestigious Nansen Award through the United Nations Higher Commission on Refugees (UNHCR). She has received multiple awards; Assyrian Woman of the Year, Michelle Malkin Investigates “Bulldog Award”, Advocacy of the Year award, just to name a few.
Juliana is a UN Delegate in Geneva, and she is a member of the Simon Wiesenthal Midwest Region’s Community Engagement Committee. She recently joined the advisory council of The Witness Institute, which strives to continue the work and legacy of the Holocaust Survivor, Professor and Noble Prize winner, Elie Wiesel. As of February 2021, she has been accepted as member of the Witness Fellowship for the Emerging Leaders.
Dear God, ܐܠܗܝ ܡܪܚܡܢܐ (My Merciful God - written in the Syrian script)
I knew the day you lead me to Cardinal George was an important day for me. I know there aren’t any accidents in our lives. It is all planned. I am humbled and most grateful for the opportunity. I am honored that you chose me for this. Please be there for me. This is a monumental task which is scaring me. I know for a fact that I cannot do it without your grace and help. I pray that you guide me and my committee (our efforts) in the right way.
Please shine your gracious light on our efforts. I pray for you to send the blessed people who can be of great help in rescuing your children in Iraq from suffering.
Please provide us with the necessary tools and people to proceed with blessed efforts. I, we cannot do this without you, please help us.
I thank you for the following:
-Cardinal George for noticing this genocide
-The taxi driver who took me to the Archdiocese
-Mom and dad for the way they have raised me
-You, your son Jesus, Virgin Mary, and saints
4:59 PM - Chicago
Iraqi Christiana are the indigenous children of Bet-Nahrain (ancient Mesopotamia), the land between two rivers. Most have become accustomed to living under religious discrimination, threat, persecution, and violence. In particular, with the intervention of the US in Iraq, the Assyrians of Iraq who are also called Chaldean and Syriacs (depending on their Christian denominational affiliation) became a target of Islamic radicalism.
In 2006, as we watched attacks on churches in Baghdad, we were outraged with the lack of attention given to the crisis faced by the Christians. This was the day when we decided to be a voice for Christians in Iraq.
After meeting the Late Francis Cardinal George of the Archdiocese of Chicago, accompanied by much prayer, in 2007 we established Iraqi Christian Relief Council. Our team committed to take the responsibility of spreading the word about the brutal treatment of the Christians in Iraq from that day forward. In 2009, we became a 501(c)(3) organization registered in the state of Illinois.
Today our work consists of humanitarian efforts, advocacy, prayer support, and education. We travel extensively throughout the world on behalf of the persecuted Christians of Iraq.
Despite the cruel ISIS attacks in 2014, we’ve witnessed the Christians remain steadfast in their faith in the Lord. We are continually moved by the passion and perseverance of this ancient and indigenous community.
Our work is funded through the generosity of individuals, churches, foundations, and businesses.
In July of 2007, immediately after one of her meetings with the Archdiocese of Chicago, our founder and president, Juliana Taimoorzy, decided to write a letter to God and plead for His help. Julian's letter is above.
With the Grace of God and through your generosity, we have been able to impact hundreds of thousands of lives in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Australia, France and the United States of America.
Reverend David Fischler
Dr. David Masters
Pastor Ricky Phillips
With her selfless work and dedication, the world has taken notice of the work of our founder, Juliana Taimoorazy:
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