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WASHINGTON, May 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- President Trump signed The Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act into law yesterday affirming the White House's support for U.S. monitoring of progress in European countries to fulfill their pledges of restitution to Holocaust survivors.
The new law was welcomed by the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO), a nonprofit organization that works toward the restitution of private property and Jewish communal property seized during the Holocaust in Europe and led advocacy efforts for the JUST Act.
"This is a powerful statement of America's unwavering commitment to supporting Holocaust survivors in their quest for justice," said Gideon Taylor, WJRO Chair of Operations. "We thank President Trump for supporting the bill, as well as the U.S. Congress for passing it unanimously."
The JUST Act was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and in the House of Representatives by Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.). The law requires the State Department to investigate and submit a report to Congress on the extent to which endorsees of the 2009 Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Assets and Related Issues are meeting their pledges to adopt national laws and policies to help Holocaust survivors identify and reclaim their properties.