Nina Shea

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Nina Shea is an international human-rights lawyer, and international Christian religious freedom advocate.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

A native of Pennsylvania, Shea graduated cum laude from Smith College, and graduated from the Washington College of Law of American University.[3][4][5] Shea is Catholic.[4][6]


She is a former director of the Center for Religious Freedom at Freedom House, the oldest human rights group in the U.S.[4][7]

Shea has served as a Commissioner on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom since 1999.[1][8]

She has been a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute since November 2006, and directs the Center for Religious Freedom there.[9][10]


Shea authored In the Lion's Den (1997) on anti-Christian discrimination. Shea is also the co-author of Silenced: How Apostasy & Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide (2011).[1][11][12]


  1. ^ a b c Paul A. Marshall. Radical Islam's rules: the worldwide spread of extreme Shari'a law. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ Emran Qureshi, Michael Anthony Sells. The new crusades: constructing the Muslim enemy. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Adam Meyerson Weds Nina Shea". The New York Times. September 14, 1986. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Freedom fighter: meet the 'very focused, and tough' Nina Shea". National Review. January 31, 2005. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ Sheryl Henderson Blunt (August 26, 2005). "The Daniel of Religious Rights". Christianity Today. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ Allen Hertzke. Freeing God's Children: The Unlikely Alliance for Global Human Rights. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ Examination of a fundamental human right: the 2006 International Religious Freedom Report: hearing. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ Congress. Congressional Record, V. 147, Pt. 6, May 9, 2001 to May 21, 2001. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ Leonard Leo. International Religious Freedom (2010): Annual Report to Congress. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  10. ^ Saudi Arabia: friend or foe in the war on terror?; hearing. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  11. ^ Nina Shea (1997). In the lion's den: a shocking account of persecution and martyrdom of Christians today & how we should respond. Broadman & Holman Publishers. ISBN 0-8054-6357-7. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  12. ^ C. D. Bay-Hansen. Futurefish 2001: Futurefish in Century 21: The North Pacific Fisheries Tackle Asian Markets, the Can-Am Salmon Treaty, and Micronesian Seas, 1997–2001. Retrieved June 29, 2011.