Committee of 100 White Paper
May 20, 2017
An analysis of the Economic Espionage Act "provides empirical indications that Asian Americans, whether immigrant or native-born, may be facing unfair and increasing racial prejudice in this era of geopolitical competition. C100 recognizes that these new risks are underscored by a legacy of almost two centuries of racial stereotyping as perpetual “foreigners,” where the loyalty of Asian Americans to the United States has been repeatedly challenged with similar themes."
The United States Commission on Civil Rights
July 15, 2016
A letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch to request her to conduct a full and independent investigation into recent espionage prosecutions against Chinese Americans that were eventually dropped.
CBS 60 Minutes - May 15, 2016
Bill Whitaker reports on Americans wrongly accused of espionage-related crimes as the U.S. steps up the fight against Chinese theft of U.S. trade secrets and intellectual property.
Fired Worker Files Complaint after Spy Case Dropped
Wall Street Journal - May 15, 2016
A Chinese-American hydrologist at the heart of a discontinued spy case has filed a discrimination complaint against the Commerce Department after it fired her for many of the same allegations a U.S. attorney decided to drop.
Racial Profiling: Doing Science While Asian American
Huffington Post - May 14, 2016
Huffington post article about racial profiling of Asian Americans.
Rep. Ted Lieu questions Office of National Intelligence on targeting of Asian-Americans
Press Release - May 13, 2016
Today, at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) questioned Mr. William Evanina, Director of Counterintelligence at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Sherry Chen’s dismissal is an indictment of racist federal government
Asian Times - March 29, 2016
Last May, the New York Times identified Sherry Chen as the person accused of spying for China and then wasn’t, as the federal prosecutor dropped the charges just one week before her case was to come to trial...
Delaware Congressional Delegation Letter to AG Loretta Lynch
Congress - December 4, 2015
A joint letter from Senators Thomas Carper and Christopher Coons, and Representative John Carney is sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch to express concerns about recent prosecutions of Chinese American scientists charged with trade secret, espionage, and related crimes.
USCCR Writes Letter to AG Loretta Lynch
November 18, 2015
On November 18, 2015, The United States Commission on Civil Rights wrote a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch to urge her to examine whether, in the government's efforts to stop espionage by the Chinese government and Chinese institutions, it may be rushing to judgment in investigations involving Asian Americans, primarily of Chinese descent, and expressed concerns that the government is failing to exercise sufficient due diligence when targeting Asian Americans for investigation, surveillance, and arrest, due to their race or national origin.
CAPAC Holds A Meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch
NBC News - November 18, 2015
On November 18, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) had a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch regarding recent high profile cases against Chinese American scientists.
Senator Tom Carper and Congressman John Carney send a Joint Letter to AG
Congress - November 18, 2015
US Senator Tom Carper and Congressman John Carney sent a joint letter to AG and copied to FBI Director James Comey stepped in to share the concerns of the Chinese American community.
Members of Congress to Meet With Attorney General Over Scientists’ Espionage Charges
NBC News - November 17, 2015
On November 17, 2015, Congerssional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) and CAPAC Member Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33) held a press conference at Capitol Hill to call on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the recent cases against Chinese American scientists who were wrongfully suspected of economic espionage. The press conference came one day before a CAPAC meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Joint Congressional Letter to Secretary of Commerce
Congress - November 15, 2015
"We write to highlight the case of Sherry Chen, an employee of the National Weather Service within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)..."
Feature: Chinese-American scientists in the crosshairs
Science Magazine - November 12, 2015
"Last May, following the sudden dismissal of charges against National Weather Service (NWS) hydrologist Xiafen (Sherry) Chen, who was accused of passing information about the nation’s dams to a Chinese official, 22 members of Congress signed a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch requesting an investigation ..."
42 Congresspersons submit Letter calling for a Full Investigation by the Department of Justice
Congress - November 5, 2015
A joint letter signed by forty two members of Congress was sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, calling for a full investigation by the Department of Justice into the cases of Xiaoxing Xi, Sherry Chen, and other similar cases regarding whether race or ethnicity played a role, and why it appears that there is a pattern and practice of minorities being singled out for arrest and indictment by federal officials.
Congresswoman Judy Chu questions FBI Director on Investigations into Chinese Americans
CSPAN - October 22, 2015
On October 22, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) questions FBI Director James Comey on the investigations into Chinese American scientists who were wrongfully accused of espionage. Rep. Chu pointed out that though the charges were dropped, the damage to their reputation remained. Rep. Chu asked how we can make sure that no other America, regardless of their origin or background, endures this type of egregious humiliation and shame.
Congressional Members Raised Concerns about Profiling
Congress - May 21, 2015
Congressional members led by Judy Chu, Ted Lieu, and the Asian Pacific American Caucus raised concerns about this apparent pattern of profiling due to ethnicity, national origin, and race during a press conference on Capitol Hill. A joint letter signed by 22 Congressional members was sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Was Race A Factor in Sherry Chen's Espionage Case?
NBC NEWS – May 27, 2015
“US Congressional leaders and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) advocacy organizations including Committee of 100 and OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates have called for a US Department of Justice investigation into whether National Weather Service hydrologist Sherry Chen may have been targeted for her race and national origin in now-dropped charges of alleged economic espionage.”
Members of Congress Ask for Review of Dropped Espionage Case
The Washington Post – May 21, 2015
“Twenty-two members of Congress have asked Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch to determine whether race played a factor in espionage-related charges brought against a Chinese-American hydrologist and are asking her to investigate whether there is a practice of targeting federal employees based on their race or national origin.”
Falsely accused of spying, Weather Service employee’s life turned upside down
The Washington Post - May 15, 2015
"In October 2014, we heard an odd story about a National Weather Service employee in Ohio: the FBI announced that Xiafen “Sherry” Chen, a 59-year-old hydrologist at the Wilmington, Ohio, Weather Service office, was arrested — handcuffed and escorted out of the building — for charges that ultimately amounted to spying for China.
Except, it turns out, she wasn’t a spy."
Chinese-American Cleared of Spying Charges Now Faces Firing Chinese-American Cleared of Spying Charges Now Faces Firing
New York Times – Sept. 15, 2015
"Government officials say they intend to fire a Chinese-American hydrologist who was prosecuted but eventually cleared of espionage-related charges."
The Rush to Find China’s Moles
The Editorial Board of New York Times - Sept. 15, 2015
"It is hardly surprising that the Justice Department has given priority to prosecuting espionage cases involving China. But these concerns cannot justify prosecutions driven by supposition rather than solid evidence. The charges filed against Mr. Xi and Ms. Chen traumatized them and their families and needlessly damaged their professional reputations. Nether got an explanation or an apology from the government. They deserve both."
Accused of Spying for China, Until She Wasn't
New York Times – May 9, 2015
“They came across a person of Chinese descent and a little bit of evidence that they may have been trying to benefit the Chinese government, but it’s clear there was a little bit of Red Scare and racism involved,” said Peter J. Toren, a former federal prosecutor who specialized in computer crimes and industrial espionage.