White House names Erika Moritsugu as Asian American and Pacific Islander liaison
April 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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President Joe Biden on Wednesday named Erika Moritsugu to a senior-level Asian American and Pacific Islander liaison position, the White House announced in a statement.
(CNN)President Joe Biden on Wednesday named Erika Moritsugu to a senior-level Asian American and Pacific Islander liaison position, the White House announced in a statement.
The announcement comes less than a month after the White House committed to naming a senior-level AAPI liaison following pressure from Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, both Democrats who expressed frustration with the lack of AAPI representation in the Cabinet and top administration roles and threatened to block the nominations of non-diverse administration picks.
The White House recently announced a series of actions it was taking to address anti-Asian violence, including reestablishing the Obama-era White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with a focus on addressing anti-Asian bias and violence; allocating $49. 5 million in funding for AAPI survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; and establishing a Justice Department cross-agency initiative to address anti-Asian violence.