Know Your Rights: What To Do if the Federal Government Accuses You of Spying

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Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus is concerned by recent reports about the federal government’s investigation and prosecution of Sherry Chen, a federal employee with the National Weather Service who was arrested on suspicion of espionage. The charges against her were eventually dropped, but not before putting her job in jeopardy and tarnishing her reputation. Ms. Chen’s case is only the most recent in a long history of Asian-American scientists being treated with suspicion based on their race or national origin, like Dr. Wen Ho Lee. Some, like Congressman Ted Lieu, have raised concerns that racial profiling may have been a factor. We share those concerns and are issuing this advisory so that AsianAmerican scientists, federal employees, and government contractors know their rights in case they are the victims of racial profiling in the workplace or by the government. This document is intended to provide general Know Your Rights information to Asian Americans working in the fields of science, engineering, or national defense, who feel that they face unfair treatment or investigation on the basis of their race or national origin. If you have further questions or to report an encounter with law enforcement or an example of racial profiling, please contact Christina Sinha, christinas@advancingjustice-alc. Your request for legal advice will be privileged & confidential.

*photo via Maddie McGarvey for the New York Times

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