March 3, 2009

IRWF Members Appointed to Barack Obama’s Cabinet

Janet Napolitano, Governor of the State of Arizona, has been selected to lead the US Department of Homeland Security by President Obama. A member of the IRWF since September 2005, Napolitano is the first woman to serve in that office.

The newly confirmed Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack, has been with the Wallenberg Foundation since May 2001. ”This administration is strongly committed to the issues surrounding human rights and I commend you and your colleagues at the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation for your hard work,” stated Vilsack during his tenure as the Governor of the State of Iowa.

These choices seem to indicate that President Obama is committed to assembling a country’s new leadership based on individuals with strong morals who support the same values of justice, humanism, and understanding that guided Raoul Wallenberg in his efforts to save thousands of lives during the Holocaust.

More than 200 Heads of State, Royal families, Nobel Laureates, Mayors, Governors, and other distinguished personalities support the IRWF work to fight prejudice, racism, and violence around the world through research, educational programs, and public awareness campaigns; to instill the legacy and values of the Heroes of Humanity.