US appoints new special envoy for Holocaust issues
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US appoints new special envoy for Holocaust issues

Cherrie Daniels previously worked with NGOs to promote the role of women peacemakers in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict

Cherrie Daniels and a member of the Jewish community of Subotica, Serbia during her visit there on January 16, 2016. (Courtesy of the Jewish Community of Subotica via JTA)
Cherrie Daniels and a member of the Jewish community of Subotica, Serbia during her visit there on January 16, 2016. (Courtesy of the Jewish Community of Subotica via JTA)

JTA — Cherrie Daniels, who has worked with nongovernmental organizations on promoting the role of women peacemakers in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, is the new US special envoy for Holocaust issues.

Daniels, a fluent Hebrew speaker, is a former director of the US Embassy’s American cultural center in Jerusalem.

She was appointed to her new post by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Established in 1999, the special envoy for Holocaust issues aims to provide “a measure of justice for Holocaust victims and their families,” Morgan Ortagus, a State Department spokeswoman, told reporters in announcing the appointment last week.

Daniels succeeded Tom Yazdgerdi, whose term ended last month.

The envoy’s office pursues its goals by “developing and implementing US policy to return Holocaust-era assets to their rightful owners, ensuring the Holocaust is remembered and commemorated in a historically accurate manner, and promoting Holocaust education and research,” Ortagus said.

The World Jewish Restitution Organization, or WJRO, welcomed the appointment, which “reflects the continuing commitment” of the United States “to the resolution of outstanding Holocaust-era property issues in Europe,” said Gideon Taylor, WJRO’s chair of operations.

In 2006, in recognition of her efforts in advancing the role of women peacemakers, Daniels received the Secretary of State’s Swanee Hunt Award for Advancing Women’s Role in Policy Formulation.

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