Nathaniel Hurd has been a policy advisor at the Helsinki Commission since October 2014. His portfolio includes international freedom of religion and humanitarian emergencies. Previously, he was senior policy advisor for Conflicts and Disasters at World Vision and held similar positions at the International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps. His 17-year career has mostly focused on international humanitarian and human rights crises, including those resulting from religious persecution, and his expertise includes the United Nations.
Mr. Hurd has interviewed and spent time with many survivors of violence – in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Ethiopia, and Somalia – who were forced to flee from their homes and seek refuge in other countries as refugees or were internally displaced in their own. These survivors include those targeted for their faith.
He is the lead staffer for H.R. 390, the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act, authored by Helsinki Commission Co-Chairman Congressman Chris Smith. Mr. Hurd accompanied Congressman Smith during his mission to Erbil in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq just before last Christmas, at the invitation of the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Erbil Bashar Warda, to meet with Christian genocide survivors, Catholic and Orthodox bishops, and press American and UN officials to provide assistance to the survivors.
Mr. Hurd holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Hamilton College and Master’s of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.