The United Nations has been trying since 2011 to countries that will take in the approximately 3,200 Iranians living in Camp Hurriya near the Baghdad airport -- some of them in Iraq since the 1980s -- but have so far only found new homes for 311 of them.
Holl Lute's role as Ban's special adviser for the relocation of the Camp Hurriya residents, many of them members of a group known as the People's Mojahedeen of Iran, will be to work with U.N. member states to find new homes for the Iranian exiles, a representative of Ban said in a release. She also will work with Nickolay Mladenov, Ban's special representative in Iraq.
Holl Lute most recently was a U.S. deputy secretary of homeland security. She previously served as the U.N. assistant secretary-general for peace-building support and assistant secretary-general for mission support in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
She also was executive vice president and chief operating officer of the U.N. Foundation and the Better World Fund.