OCA Applauds Sherry Chen’s Victory

26 April 2018


Contact: Thu Nguyen | Communications Associate

202.223.5500 | tnguyen@ocanational.org

Washington, DC – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates celebrates Sherry Chen’s resilience and her victory against implicit bias and the US Department of Commerce (DOC). On Wednesday, April 25th, Chief Administrative Judge Michele Szary Schroeder ruled that the DOC had to reinstate her job and give her back pay. 

Sherry Chen was wrongfully arrested and accused in October 2014 of espionage. Despite the Department of Justice dropping all charges against her, the DOC still terminated her job at the National Weather Service in 2016. The judge in Chen’s recent caseconcluded that she was the “victim of a gross injustice,” citing the DOC’s investigation methods, filing for Chen’s termination, as well as “digging their heels” in order to “[be] right than doing the right thing.” OCA has supported Ms. Chen since the early days of the accusations, participating in press conferences with elected officials and inviting her to speak at the organization’s annual conference.

“Sherry Chen was the victim of racial profiling and further victimized by the Department of Commerce in spite of her innocence. Her resilience has proved the FBI, Department of Justice, and DOC wrong in their cases against her. But she is only one of a number of Chinese Americans who have been falsely accused of espionage,” said Ken Lee, OCA National CEO.“Following FBI Director Wray’s racially ignorant remarks that all Chinese students and scholars pose intelligence risks, we remain concerned that explicit and implicit bias against Chinese Americans will lead to more unfounded cases against our communities. Director Wray must meet with Asian American community leaders to ensure that cases like Ms. Chen’s never happen again.”

OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).