Updated February 29, 2024
Sanya Mae Olkeriil is the Chief of the Division of Juvenile Justice. In March 2020, Ms. Olkeriil became a Juvenile System Youth Development Specialist with the Juvenile Justice Office under the Ministry of Justice. She is tasked with revamping the office, which has been inoperable since 2008. The President of the Republic of Palau issued an Executive Order to turn the Juvenile Justice Office into one of the seven and latest Divisions of the Bureau of Public Safety. As Chief of the Division of Juvenile Justice, Ms. Olkeriil revamped a youth nonprofit organization by re-creating its By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation, spearheaded three successful Drug Prevention Summer Camps with more than 200 youth attendees ages 6-17, spearheaded Palau’s first ever Youth Convention with over 300 youth attendees ages 16-18, and successfully coordinated Palau’s first-ever boot camp for its at-risk youth population, as well as other various prevention activities and Diversion Programs.
Ms. Olkeriil is a 2010 graduate of Central Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Justice. She is also a graduate 2016 University of Guam graduate holding a Master’s degree in Public Administration.
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