CAPAC Chair Statement on Official Launch of WHIAANHPI

Dec 9, 2021 Issues: Other Issues

Washington, DC – Today, the Biden Administration announced the official launch of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI), implementing the President’s executive order issued in May. WHIAANPI will be housed within the Department of Health and Human Services under the leadership of Krystal Ka’ai. The announcement also named U.S. Trade Ambassador Katherine Tai as the co-chair of the Initiative, along with HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement:

“From his very first days in office, President Biden demonstrated a commitment to helping the AANHPI community, taking action to address hate crimes and creating a new White House senior advisor position for AANHPI issues. Now, with the official launch of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI), he is fulfilling one more promise to ensure more access to federal resources for these communities. First established by President Clinton, this initiative has helped elevate AANHPI issues throughout the federal government, and now I’m proud to see it expanding under President Biden to focus on health equity and pandemic response, two areas where AANHPIs are disproportionately at risk. I am pleased to see the Initiative re-establishing their federal interagency working group and their regional network to ensure that our communities all across the country see their voices and needs reflected throughout our federal government. Today’s announcement is a reaffirmation of the President and Vice President’s dedication towards solving issues that impact the AANHPI community, and I look forward to our future collaborations.

“I am also thrilled to congratulate U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on her appointment as co-chair of WHIAANHPI. She and Secretary Becerra are very well aware of our communities’ needs and have the experience and knowledge necessary to chair this Initiative. Finally, I proudly congratulate Krystal Ka’ai, former CAPAC Executive Director, on her role as the Executive Director of WHIAANHPI, where I know she will continue to elevate the AANHPI community and ensure our needs are heard and understood at the highest levels of government.”

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