E17: Kody Kness on prisoners of conscience in China

September 15, 2015

In advance of China President Xi Jinping’s visit to the U.S. (Sept. 24-25), Kody Kness, vice president of China Aid, helps us think through the predicament of our fellow Christians in China and prisoners of conscience around the globe.

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Kody Kness is currently Vice President of China Aid, previously serving as Deputy Executive Director for Sudan Sunrise; Advocacy Manager for the Better World Campaign at the United Nations Foundation; International Human Rights Advisor for U.S. Senator Sam Brownback, advising on foreign policy issues such as religious freedom, Internet freedom, human trafficking, conflict commodities, and rule of law; Associate Director for Government Relations and Outreach at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, where he worked closely with non-governmental organizations, the U.S. Congress, and both the George W. Bush and Obama Administrations to promote religious freedom and related human rights abroad.

Matthew Hawkins
Matthew Hawkins is host of the Canon & Culture Podcast, often alongside Andrew Walker or Dan Darling. While not podcasting, Matt serves as Coalitions Director, working with other groups in Washington, D.C., to achieve common objectives. He holds a BBA from Belmont University and an MA in Ethics and Public Affairs from George Mason University. Matt lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, D.C., where they are members of a church plant. He also serves on the board of a pregnancy resource ministry in northern Virginia. Follow Matt on Twitter via @mthawk.