The goal of the Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC), which advocates on behalf of more than 300 million persecuted Christians worldwide, is to greatly reduce—and to deter—the further, global persecution of Christians. Beyond calling attention to the oppression of Christians worldwide, the immediate task is to disseminate actionable information about ways in which the American people can help those being persecuted. The information includes relevant initiatives of members of the Save the Persecuted Christians and others.
Executive Director and Founding Member Dede Laugesen of Save the Persecuted Christians is working to raise awareness about the plight of at least 300 million Christians facing brutal and extreme violence and injustice in countries around the world. The organization—an informal, national coalition—began in February 2018 and re-organized as a formal charitable organization in December 2018.
Laugesen worked alongside a Colorado-based Maronite Catholic priest to tell the stories of Christian genocide refugees in Lebanon from Syria and Iraq. She served St. Rafka Mission of Hope and Mercy as the community awareness director from May 2017 to February 2018.
She served as the Colorado coalitions director for the Donald J. Trump for President 2016 Campaign and was the campaign manager for the successful effort to elect the state chairman of the Colorado Republican Party in 2017. She has been employed as manager, communications director, events coordinator, spokesperson, fundraising, volunteer engagement and strategic consultant on local, state and national candidate and issues campaigns. She is an experienced public speaker.
Laugesen has well-established professional associations with members of congressional delegations and current and past members of the Colorado General Assembly on both sides of the aisle. She regularly commutes to Washington, D.C., to visit with members of the U.S. Congress and key players in the administration including White House officials, appointees and staff of the U.S. State Department and other government agencies and commissions. She is well-networked with elected officials and media in local, state and national offices.
A Colorado native who has traveled the state extensively, she studied broadcast journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has owned and managed Windhover Media, a public relations, communications and political consulting company for 17 years. Dede also started and owned The Rosary Project, producer of the “Holy Baby!” DVD series. She is known for her specialty hand-tied parachute-cord rosaries for soldiers, law enforcement and first responders.
She is married for 25 years to Wayne Laugesen, editorial page editor of The Gazette in Colorado Springs. Together they have six boys—one millennial and five Gen Z. Laugesen also serves as the art and environment coordinator for her Catholic parish in Monument, Colorado.