Victory: Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism

UPDATE: 8/28/2017: 

In response to pressure from thousands of Americans like you, as well as a full-court press from bipartisan leaders, non-partisan organizers, and the folks from my team here at ADL, Secretary Tillerson announced today that the Special Envoy role will remain in place.

This is an important victory in our ongoing fight to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred at home and abroad. Thank you to everyone who stood up to be counted. With your support, we’ll keep up the fight. 


Recent remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during testimony indicated that the administration has not yet made a decision about whether the State Department position of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism (SEAS) will be filled. The Trump administration must commit to filling this position. The Special Envoy plays a key role in diminishing anti-Jewish hatred overseas — and it is mandated by law since the George W. Bush administration. ADL knows first-hand from working with prior envoys that this role is critical to fighting anti-Semitism and past envoys have made key accomplishments in fighting hate.

This administration must fight anti-Semitism at home and abroad and ADL supporters call on the president and State Department to allocate the resources for this as soon as possible.

Appoint a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism

We, the undersigned, urge our President and Secretary of state to commit as soon as possible to appointing a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism (SEAS). This State Department role was mandated by law under George W. Bush and, across Democratic and Republican administrations alike, has served an invaluable diplomatic and domestic purpose in fighting anti-Semitism. Please give our communities the assurance that this role will be filled.