From its headquarters in Washington, DC, the International Campaign for Tibet had helped lead the advocacy push for the Tibetan Policy Act of 2002, the most important law laying out US policy on Tibet.

Almost a decade later, ICT informed the Central Tibetan Administration—which is based in Dharamsala, India and provides democratic representation in exile for the Tibetan people—that it was seeking to update the Tibetan Policy Act. ICT stayed in contact with the CTA on further developments thereafter.