The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) commends President Obama for his nomination on March 18, 2013 of Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez for Secretary of Labor. From his days leading the Office of Civil Rights for the Department of Health and Human Services, to leading the Maryland State Department of Labor, Tom Perez has stood shoulder to shoulder with AAPI and LGBT communities for decades working on critical issues around labor, workers’ rights, social justice, and access for low income and immigrant communities. As the Assistant Attorney General and the nation’s top civil rights enforcer, Tom Perez’s tenure at the U.S. Department of Justice has been marked by critical progress in areas of LGBT equality, voting rights, and civil rights for immigrants and communities of color.
“Tom Perez has been a friend and a champion to our communities and we are pleased that he has an opportunity to head the U.S. Department of Labor,” said Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs. “We’ve known him for a long time for his work with AAPI communities and with LGBT organizations, and when in his Keynote at our LGBT Asian American/ South Asian Lawyers Reception in October 2011, he spoke directly and with conviction about his commitment to justice for those of us who are both.”