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


"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.


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July 23, 2019 Press Release

LOS ANGELES - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu issued the following statement in response to the anti-Semitic graffiti found in Santa Monica this weekend.

“I am absolutely appalled by the anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled in Santa Monica. During a time where anti-Semitic acts are on the rise, we must roundly condemn this kind of hate. I stand in solidarity with my Jewish constituents and Jews across the country. Hate has no place in our communities.”


June 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) introduced the “Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2019”, which bans LGBTQ conversion therapy. Conversion therapy, which fraudulently seeks to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, has been recognized by the national community of professionals in education, social work, health, and counseling as both dangerous and useless. Rep.

June 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed an appropriations bill with an accompanying report that directs the Bureau of Justice Statistic (BJS) to collect information on pretrial detention. Rep. Lieu has been a vocal advocate of pretrial detention reform since entering Congress and has called for ending the use of money bail. Nearly a quarter of individuals incarcerated in the United States have not been convicted of a crime.

June 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, on World Refugee Day, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a resolution introduced by Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), Congressman Joe Neguse (D-CO), Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) , reaffirming U.S. commitment to the protection of refugees and displaced persons. Rep.

May 28, 2019 In The News

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, a migratory museum that shares Asian Pacific American history, art, and culture through innovative community-focused experiences, has announced the launch of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Keystone Initiative, which is designed to rally support for the first permanent exhibition gallery space dedicated to the APA experience in Washington, D.C.

May 24, 2019 Opinion: Op-Eds



May 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) introduced the "Protecting Data at the Border Act" to stop unnecessary and unwarranted searches of Americans' phones, laptops and other digital devices at the border. Sens. Ron Wyden, Rand Paul, Edward Markey, and Jeff Merkley introduced the Senate version of this bill today.

May 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) celebrated the passage of H.R. 5, the Equality Act. In a video message, Rep. Lieu highlighted how this bill will ensure LGBTQ Americans are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.


May 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement in response to a series of legislative actions from states across the country intended to hinder a woman’s right to choose.

April 9, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C.–On the eve of the Capitol Hill Armenian Genocide Observance, Congressmen Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) were joined by over 70 of their U.S. House colleagues in introducing a new Armenian Genocide Resolution aimed at establishing, as a matter of U.S. policy, 1) the rejection of Armenian Genocide denial, 2) ongoing official U.S. government recognition and remembrance of this crime, and 3) the importance of education about the Armenian Genocide in preventing modern-day atrocities, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).