Orange County Congresswoman Young Kim has made it a priority to protect “free exercise” of religion for Americans and others around the world. A bipartisan bill to support the human rights of Uyghurs, a Chinese minority, and other ethnic groups was led by Kim.
As an immigrant from South Korea, Kim knows the freedoms enjoyed by U.S. citizens and other nations are rare in contrast to countries like North Korea and China.
“No one should feel unsafe because of their religious beliefs or ethnicity,” said Kim in a recent statement. “The United States must send a united, clear message against these gross human rights abuses. That is why I’m proud to lead the Uyghur Policy Act of 2021 with Chairman Bera,” she continued.
Congresswoman Kim’s bill was also cosponsored by seven other California Representatives, including Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-50) and Rep. Michelle Steel (CA-48), both from Southern California.
The Uyghur Policy Act of 2021 builds on Congresswoman Kim’s efforts to promote human rights for all people in China and around the world. Earlier this year, Rep. Kim also voted to pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which Congress passed overwhelmingly and President Biden signed into law. It was designed to combat the unfortunate increase in hate crimes against Asian-Americans that began last year during the worst days of the pandemic. Such racism often is accompanied by anti-religious hatred.
As a “nation of immigrants,” Kim believes, America stands tall as a refuge to those around the world seeking religious freedom, and a refuge for guaranteeing the rights of all.