Loretta firmly believes that American foreign policy should be based on our bedrock values of democracy and human rights. Congress and the President have taken historic steps forward in promoting the cause of fairness and equality at home and abroad. Nowhere is this more evident than in Loretta’s work as a champion of religious freedom and free speech in Vietnam.
For the past 19 years Congresswoman Sanchez has worked to relieve the ongoing human rights crisis in Vietnam, including its severe labor rights issues. Representing the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam, Loretta is the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Vietnam and has introduced poignant resolutions to re-designate Vietnam as a “Country of Particular Concern.” In the face of strong opposition by those who want to trade and provide aid to Vietnam, Loretta has spoken out against the persecution of Vietnamese leaders in religious freedom, such as Father Nguyen Van Ly, Thich Huyen Do, and Pastor Nguyen Hong Quang, as well as democracy activists including, Dr. Nguyen Dan Que and Pham Ham Song. Loretta has continuously urged Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to respect the civil and political rights of its citizens and release democracy activists and other political prisoners.
Congresswoman Sanchez continues to lead the way in calling for religious freedom and social justice for all persecuted individuals. As a U.S. Senator, Loretta will show the same passion in defense of the civil and political rights of all communities in California and around the world.