Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 15, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the following statement regarding the nomination of Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom:

I welcome the nomination of Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook to be Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Dr. Johnson Cook is an experienced religious leader with a passion for human rights and an impressive record of public service. President Obama could not have found a more fitting choice for this important position. I look forward to working with Dr. Johnson Cook, if she is confirmed, to bring greater focus to international efforts to ensure that people everywhere enjoy the global standards of religious freedom enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

She will serve as a principal advisor on religious freedom to me and to the President, and she will be supported by the Office of International Religious Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Dr. Johnson Cook is the Founder and President of Wisdom Worldwide Center and served as the Senior Pastor of the Bronx Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in New York City and is a Founder/Board Member of the Multi-Ethnic Center, an enrichment program for youth. She served as an advisor on President Clinton’s Domestic Policy Council and Chaplain to the New York Police Department. She has spoken throughout the United States, Africa and the Caribbean.

PRN: 2010/801