Senate Confirmation of Judge Jacqueline Nguyen, the First Vietnamese American to Serve as Article III Judge

Written by Rep. Mike Honda for the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

Today, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) applauds the U.S. Senate for confirming Judge Jacqueline Nguyen as a federal district judge in the Central District of California. CAPAC is proud to have supported Judge Nguyen through her confirmation process. She will be our nation’s first Vietnamese American to serve as an Article III judge.

For the past seven years, Judge Nguyen served on the Los Angeles Superior Court.  Prior to that, she was a federal prosecutor with the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and served as the Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Section. She attended Occidental College and the UCLA School of Law.  As a child, along with her family, she escaped the fall of South Vietnam in 1975.

I congratulate President Obama on his commitment to ensuring diversity of the federal bench, and thank him for choosing talented Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) jurists of the highest caliber for the federal bench.  In addition to Judge Nguyen, President Obama has nominated Judge Denny Chin for an appellate judgeship on the Second Circuit, Edward Chen as a district judge in the Northern District of California, and Dolly Gee as a district judge in the Central District of California.

Judge Nguyen’s confirmation is an important milestone for AAPIs, as the community is sorely underrepresented on the federal bench. Currently, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up less than 1% of federal judges.

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One thought on “Senate Confirmation of Judge Jacqueline Nguyen, the First Vietnamese American to Serve as Article III Judge

  1. I have heard that Jacqueline Nguyen to be the first Vietnamese Judge.It make me very touch and happy.
    I am a Vietnamese also ,I am living in Bremerton,Washington state .I am now in deepest stress situation .
    I was sponsored by one American,I got here in visa K1 and in the time to get greencard.
    Unfortunately,the time I went to interview,the immigration officer told us that my husband got a crime in 1978(30 years ago) ,They need the record for that case .I have my file researched ,but they could not find any records in Santa Cruz,where my husband used to get arrested.
    The immigration want us to have an official certified complete letter of the court to say that the records in my case is not available.But THE COURT IN SANTA CRUZ refused to issue that letter for the case not found.
    I only have two week to take this process or else I have to return to Viet Nam because of lack of response.
    Jacqueline Nguyen..! How can I do now…please help me…

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