NQAPIA STATEMENT ON COMFIRMATION OF TOM PEREZ FOR SECRETARY OF LABOR

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) extends a warm welcome to Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez as the next secretary of labor. Tom Perez has long been a friend and ally to the AAPI and LGBT communities, and his confirmation on July 18 provides assurance that our concerns will be heard.

Challenging economic times disproportionately affect underrepresented communities, and Tom Perez’ track record speaks to his commitment to level the playing field for all Americans. Under his leadership as Assistant Attorney General, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division set new records in enforcement on issues of police misconduct, voting rights, and hate crimes. His 2009 testimony in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act also suggests that he will be a champion for equal opportunity for AAPI LGBT people.

“We are confident Tom Perez understands our priorities as AAPI LGBT people and we look forward to the contributions he will make as secretary of labor,” said Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs. “I’ve known him since I first became an advocate for this community, and he has been there with us every step of the way. He has built the relationships with AAPI and LGBT leaders that are necessary for true progress.”