6. New International Religious Freedom Law
In December, Obama signed into law the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, which strengthens the United States' effort to help oppressed religious minorities abroad.
The bill updated the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, signed by then President Bill Clinton to establish within the U.S. Department of State an office specifically to address religious freedom concerns around the world.
The Act included provisions aimed at strengthening key positions within the federal government to make religious freedom a lead priority. It also ensued that the Ambassador-at-Large reports directly to the Secretary of State and not a lower-ranking official.