Statement by Chargé d’ Affaires Lisa Johnson on the Passing of Cassandra Q. Butts

On behalf of U.S. Embassy Nassau, I extend our deepest condolences to the family of Cassandra Butts, who passed away on May 24, 2016.

Cassandra Butts was honored that President Obama had asked her to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.  She was greatly looking forward to forging even stronger ties between our two nations.  Cassandra was a wonderful nominee for The Bahamas.  She was an exemplary public servant with a passion for equality and justice.  As a lawyer and policy advocate, Cassandra was committed to defending civil and human rights for people throughout the world.  She was determined to tackle issues such as economic development, citizen safety and security, and social justice in The Bahamas.  Even while patiently awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation, Cassandra was a great friend to The Bahamas.  Over the last year, she worked closely with The Bahamas in her capacity as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

This is a tremendous loss to The United States and The Bahamas and she will be greatly missed.  Our heartfelt sympathies are with her family and all who knew and loved her.