A February 15 reception in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center drew a crowd of over 100 congressional staff members, State Department staff members, representatives of non-governmental organizations, and local community members. The event, which focused on the persecution of the Bahá’ís in Iran, featured U.S. Congressman Robert Dold, U.S. Congressman Michael Grimm, U.S. Congressman Howard Berman, Victoria Alvarado, Director at the Office of International Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State, and Felice Gaer, Commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.