WASHINGTON–Armenian National Committee of America "Leo Sarkisian" intern Nyree Naljian met with Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ-5th District) to thank the Congressman for his cosponsorship of the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.106) and his ongoing support for issues of concern to the Armenian American community.
"I was pleased to see how responsive the Congressman was about the Genocide Resolution and his passion to advance this important human rights legislation," explained Naljian. "I was also encouraged to hear that he will reach out to his Congressional colleagues in support of H. Res. 106."
Naljian, who was joined by ANCA Legislative Affairs Director Raffi Karakashian during the meeting, updated Rep. Garrett about the current status of the Armenian Genocide Resolution and discussed ways to rally additional co-sponsors from among his colleagues. Naljian also touched on a number of Armenian American community concerns including continued high levels of U.S. assistance to Armenia and the upcoming presidential elections in Nagorno Karabakh.
In additional to cosponsoring H. Res. 106, Rep. Scott Garrett is a member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian issues. He continuously expresses support for Congressional initiatives and resolutions to commemorate the Armenian Genocide, U.S. aid to strengthen Armenia’s independence, and continued developmental and humanitarian aid to Nagorno Karabagh.
Rep. Garrett expressed interest in the ANCA "Leo Sarkisian" Internship program and discussed Naljian’s project to reach out to evangelical Christian across the U.S. as part of a broader ANCA coalition building campaign in support of the Armenian Genocide Resolution.
The ANCA "Leo Sarkisian" Internship Program, now in its 23rd year, is an eight week intensive program designed to give student leaders and activists the tools necessary to effectively advance Armenian American concerns on campus and in their communities. It is an integral part of the ANCA Capital Gateway program, a year-round internship / job placement service which provides Armenian Americans greater opportunities to explore careers on Capitol Hill, in the U.S. Foreign Service and key Washington, DC foreign policy think tanks.