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星期三, 7月 06, 2016

CAPAC on Meeting with U.S. Department of Justice

CAPAC on Meeting with U.S. Department of Justice
                                                                                     
Washington, D.C. – Today, Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) met with senior officials from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to discuss several high-profile cases in which Chinese American scientists were wrongfully accused and arrested for alleged espionage only to have those charges later dropped. CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement:  
                                                                             
“I thank the Department of Justice for meeting with CAPAC today to discuss our grave concerns over what appears to be an ongoing pattern and practice of Asian Americans being wrongfully targeted for alleged espionage. However, I remain unsatisfied with the limited actions the Department has taken thus far. Today’s meeting made clear that DOJ has no tangible way to identify whether race, ethnicity or national origin played a role in any of these cases, which is why we once again called for an independent investigation into the cases of Dr. Xiaoxing Xi and Sherry Chen.

“As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I will continue to push for an independent investigation and more data on espionage-related prosecutions against Asian Americans. I also look forward to working with DOJ as they develop their recently announced implicit bias training materials for federal law enforcement officials and prosecutors to ensure that they include guidance to address the targeting of Asian Pacific Americans.”

Background:

On June 27, 2016, the Department of Justice announced new Department-wide implicit bias training for all of its law enforcement agents and prosecutors. The training will be administered to more than 23,000 agents employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),  Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), as well as the approximately 5,800 attorneys working in the 94 U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country. 

On May 13, 2016, CAPAC sent a letter to the DOJ Office of Inspector General demanding an independent investigation into whether race, ethnicity, or national origin played a part in recent cases in which Chinese Americans were suspected of espionage. The letter comes after similar requests were made in letters sent last May and November, as well as during a CAPAC meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch in November 2015.