July 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — After nearly 30 years of dedication to protecting and expanding the rights of all people in the workplace, California Secretary of Labor Julie Su is confirmed in the Senate as the next U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor. The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), the leading organization advocating for Asian American and Pacific Islander women and girls, is in full support of today’s confirmation.

NAPAWF Executive Director Sung Yeon Choimorrow issued the following statement in support of Julie Su’s confirmation, and is available for additional comment:

“Julie Su has demonstrated throughout her career that she has a deep understanding of the barriers AAPI women face, and will center the values and priorities of AAPI women workers. Already, Julie Su’s work has secured numerous wins for our communities, including AAPI immigrant women workers, such as her representation of 72 Thai garment workers who sought freedom from exploitation, wage theft, and detention by their employer.

Our country’s leadership must reflect those who are directly impacted by its policies. As the daughter of Chinese immigrants and a lifelong advocate for low-wage workers, many of whom are immigrant women and women of color who face intersecting systemic barriers, Julie Su has demonstrated the commitment and experience imperative for leading the agency responsible for protecting the rights of some of our country’s most marginalized.

As the most devastating pandemic of our lifetime rages on and continues to leave AAPI women and women of color unemployed, bereft of health care, paid leave, and affordable childcare, Deputy Labor Secretary Julie Su will deliver the leadership our community needs.”


The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is the only multi-issue, progressive, community organizing and policy advocacy organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls in the U.S. NAPAWF’s mission is to build collective power so that all AAPI women and girls can have full agency over our lives, our families, and our communities.