Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 20, 2013


Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday that Ira Forman will serve as the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.

Ira Forman, a graduate of both Harvard and Stanford Universities, previously served as Director of Congressional Relations for the Office of Personnel Management during the Clinton administration. He led the National Jewish Democratic Council for fifteen years.

Special Envoy Forman’s first act will be to join a group of imams to visit the site of the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. He will then proceed to the International Conference of the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism in Jerusalem.

The Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004 created the position of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.

Secretary Kerry made the announcement as he released the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report.

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PRN: 2013/0615