Honorable Carol C. Lam
Deputy General Counsel
c/o Qualcomm Incorporated
5775 Morehouse Dr.
San Diego, CA 92121
Dear Honorable Lam,
My name is Matt Winick, an Asian American from Ann Arbor, Michigan with a strong interest in learning history and social justice. In these subjects, I like to learn the need for Civil Rights to help reduce discrimination, protect the environment form pollution, have criminal justice reform to help protect people’s rights while reduce crime, and many other. Honorable Lam, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is to explain how I find your work as former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California and as an activist for the Asian American community to be very inspiring to me.
When you served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California from 2002-2007, I really appreciated on how you were a strong supporter of Civil Rights by advocating for people with disabilities’ rights, prosecuting people who commit hate-crime to help protect minorities including people who are different, and launching investigations into public places that practice discrimination or violated the Civil Rights Act. On combating against fraud, I liked on how you prosecuted financial companies that committed financial fraud on taxpayer’s money, went after health care insurance companies that committed medical fraud on patients including seniors, and supported educational awareness programs through the U.S. Attorney office to help educate people how to protect them from being a victim of fraud. Support drug treatment programs to help drug-users get the care they need, work to increase law enforcement resources to help protect victims of crime or victims of domestic violence get the care they need, and advocate for the need to fund more forensic science including DNA testing to reduce sending an innocent person to jail while solve cases efficiently is common sense for criminal justice reform. Another thing that I liked about your work as how you launched an anti-corruption unit to investigate public officials that accepted illegal bribes or practice different forms of corruption and went after industries that illegally polluted the environment or water resources. Also in your role as an Asian American, I really like on how you are an advocate for Asian Americans with disabilities’ rights, express the need for funds to help Asian American communities, support the need for more educational awareness to help educate people about Asian American culture.
Honorable Lam, I have autism with a learning disability. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different advance subjects, sometimes I struggle to communicate my thoughts, and get teased. your commitment to be a strong supporter of Civil Rights including people with disabilities’ rights really inspires me to work hard on my disability. Also being an Asian American with a disability is difficult for me because some Asians including some Asian Americans get judgmental about me being different from them or not meeting their standards. Your role as an Asian American helping the Asian American communities and advocating for Asian Americans with disabilities’ rights gives me motivation to continue to be proud to be an Asian American with a disability when I have some struggles. Also to add is your work as U.S. Attorney helps give me motivation to continue to learn history and social justice. My future goal is to someday work in these areas to help emphasize the need for Civil Rights to reduce discrimination, protect the environment from pollution, have criminal justice reform, and many others. My letter is a gift to you for inspiring me and for May Asian Pacific American Heritage Month to help recognize Asian Americans who work hard to make a great difference for society
Even though you faced difficult political backlash including being part of the U.S. Attorneys being fired by the Bush administration, you really made a great difference for society including the criminal justice system. I’m very proud on how you worked hard to push for criminal justice reform, support Civil Rights, advocate for Asian American rights, and many others. You have inspired me to continue to work hard on my disability, continue to learn history including social justice, and to be confident about being an Asian American with a disability. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, doing an excellent job making a great difference, and inspiring me. I wish you the best to continue to make a great impact on society.