Civil Rights and Social Justice

Congressman Lieu joins civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis and House Democrats during the House Democrats Sit-In on Gun Control

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"I am fully committed to ensuring and protecting the civil rights of all Americans. I vehemently stand against any sort of racial, cultural, or religious intolerance that threatens to divide the melting pot our country has become. If we want to uphold the principle of equality that this country prides itself on, we must not let fear tear us apart."

"As an immigrant from Taiwan, I am proud to be a strong advocate for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in Congress. As an executive board member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), I am dedicated to promoting the well-being of the AAPI community."

More information on Congressman Lieu's work on AAPI issues can be found here, and a fact sheet on AAPI issues can be found here

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More on Civil Rights and Social Justice

May 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congresswoman Victoria Spartz (R-IN) sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray expressing concerns over how the FBI collected data under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act.

In the letter, the Members write:

Dear Director Wray:

April 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON -  Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement praising President Joe Biden for officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide. The announcement comes on Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, when the international community commemorates the victims of the Armenian Genocide, during which as many as 1.5 million Armenians were killed in massacres and deportation campaigns carried out by the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

April 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) released the following statement after the Pew Research Center published a new study that found one third of Asian Americans fear threats and physical violence, and 81% of Asian adults say violence against them is rising.

April 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33), Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Senator Alex Padilla (CA), and Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) led a bicameral letter to President Biden urging the inclusion of the Citizenship for Essential Workers Act in the President’s upcoming infrastructure package. This legislation provides a fair, secure, and accessible pathway to U.S.

April 8, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles) and Congresswoman Lucy McBath (D-Georgia) introduced the Stop Hate Crimes Act, legislation that changes the federal hate crimes law. Hate crimes are often difficult to prosecute because courts have interpreted the federal statute to require that prosecutors show the victim’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or other protected characteristic was the sole reason for the crime. The Stop Hate Crimes Act provides a solution to this onerous standard.

March 30, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the White House announced new actions to respond to the increase in acts of anti-Asian violence, and to advance safety, inclusion, and belonging for all Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.

March 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) announced the reintroduction of his Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act with House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Senate co-lead Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ). The Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act incentivizes states to move away from a money bail system. Instead, the bill encourages states to replace their existing bail systems with assessments made on proven data outcomes—a more just system for evaluating the flight and safety risk of defendants facing trial.

March 22, 2021 In The News

Last Tuesday, a gunman shot and killed eight people at three different spas in the Atlanta area. Six of the victims were women of Asian descent, yet within hours of arresting the suspect, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long, authorities were seemingly happy to take his word for it that the killings were not motivated by racism but a sexual addiction he wanted to “eliminate,” as though one can’t be a racist and a misogynist simultaneously.

March 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed two critical items of legislation to advance and protect the rights of women. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 would revive and expand protections for survivors of sexual assault and violence, particularly those in marginalized communities. H.J.

March 4, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

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