The Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, Ira Forman, advances U.S. Foreign Policy on anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism is discrimination against or hatred toward Jews. The Special Envoy develops and implements policies and projects to support efforts to combat anti-Semitism.
The Special Envoy was established by the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004, and is a part of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL). DRL produces the State Department's annual reports on Human Rights Practices and International Religious Freedom, and the Special Envoy provides input on anti-Semitism for these reports.
The Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism welcomes information on anti-Semitic incidents, including personal and property attacks; government policies, including judicial/prosecutorial decisions and educational programs on the issue; and press and mass media reports. The office can be contacted at: SEASinfo@state.gov.
A fact sheet defining anti-Semitism is available here»
Tom Lantos Institute Conference in Hungary
Special Envoy Forman visited Budapest, Hungary, from October 1-4, 2013. He delivered one of the keynote speeches at the Budapest-based Tom Lantos Institute's conference on Jewish Life and Anti-Semitism in Contemporary Europe. During his time in Budapest, he met with Hungarian officials, members of the Jewish community, religious leaders, and NGO representatives. Remarks»
Tolerance and Non-discrimination OSCE HDIM
Special Envoy Forman delivered the U.S. intervention on tolerance and non-discrimination at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) in Warsaw on September 24. He participated in bilateral meetings and meeting with NGOs tracking anti-Semitism in the OSCE region. While in Poland, Special Envoy Forman also met with Polish government officials, leaders of the Warsaw Jewish community, and NGO representatives. Remarks»