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United Nations Pacific L.A. Human Rights Award for LASD Lt. Cheryl Newman-Tarwater

The second annual Human Rights Day Award for commitment to community service and humanity was presented to Lieutenant Cheryl Newman-Tarwater of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) by the United Nations Assn. of the USA / Pacific Los Angeles Chapter.

The personal and professional commitments of Lt. Newman-Tarwater were detailed at the awards event that was attended by family, friends and colleagues.

Lt. Newman-Tarwater is married and has four children, two boys and two girls, between the ages of 9 and 15. All of her children were adopted by Cheryl and her spouse from the foster care system.

Two months after graduation with a B.A. from California State University Dominguez Hills in 1987 she began her career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Cheryl joined the LASD because she wanted to make a difference in the world by making communities safer and helping those who need it the most. Cheryl strongly believes in redemption and that is why she has been a strong advocate for the profession of gang intervention. Even the hardest of gang members can change especially when faith is a strong factor in their lives and they can transform from community destroyer to community helper.

Now assigned to West Hollywood Sheriff's Station, Lt. Newman-Tarwater has spent the past six years managing comprehensive projects for Sheriff Lee Baca and the LASD primarily related to gang prevention, gang intervention, and community based hardcore gang intervention programs.

Cheryl has also worked with the L.A. Dream Center for several years and has seen many amazing transformations of lost lives through their work and programs. She is also on the Advisory board of the non-profit organization - A Better L.A.

Cheryl has worked under the direction of Sheriff Lee Baca with renowned Civil Rights Attorney Constance Rice and her talented staff at the Advancement Project since 2007. Cheryl has worked collaboratively with the Advancement Project and the Los Angeles Police Department developing an eight-hour course designed to teach law enforcement about the purpose and role of community gang invention workers. Cheryl continues to help facilitate this "first of a kind" course predominately taught by gang intervention professionals.

Lt. Newman-Tarwater is a 24-year veteran with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and has worked a variety of assignments throughout her career including the Los Angeles Coutny jail system, as well as patrol assignments at Lakewood Station and Pico Rivera Station, in addition to a prior assignment at West Hollywood Station as a Sergeant. She has extensive experience teaching at the LASD Training Academy, including on Sexual Harassment law and policy, Cultural Awareness for law enforcement, Emergency Vehicle Operations and Recruit Training.

Co-Presidents Fahriye Mahrenholz and Barbara Tebyani of the Pacific Los Angeles Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America presented the recognition award to Lt. Newman-Tarwater. In their comments, they included that as they look to the future, they know that Lieutenant Cheryl Newman-Tarwater will bring her drive and outstanding abilities to positively change the lives for fellow citizens.

On Dec. 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first global expression to protect the basic rights of every individual around the world. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be accessed at For more information on the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a program of the UN Foundation, visit

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