HACKENSACK — As the nation pauses to celebrate International Women's Day, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), today joined Bergen County officials and representatives from Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) for the dedication of the Bergen County Comfort Women Memorial at the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack.
"I can't think of a better day than today, International Women’s Day, to honor such an inspiring and resilient group of people," said Rep. Pascrell, who also participated in the dedication ceremony last year of the Comfort Women memorial in Palisades Park. "As a member of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, I work every day in the United States Congress to ensure that our children can inherit a world where these types of atrocities are a thing of the past.
"By being mindful of the comfort women’s suffering, we strengthen our commitment to the preservation of human rights around the world. As we commemorate International Women’s Day today, I will continue my work with my colleagues in Congress on behalf of the Korean-American community and to preserve human rights for all."
Rep. Pascrell proudly cosponsored the comfort women resolution, H. Res. 121, which called for the Japanese government to acknowledge and apologize for their Imperial military’s coercion of young women into sexual slavery during the 1930s and 1940s. This resolution was passed by voice vote on July 30, 2007.
Last July, Rep. Pascrell was also one of only a few members of Congress that spoke at a reception in Washington hosted by Rep. Honda and KACE commemorating the fifth anniversary of the comfort women resolution.
In January of this year, Rep. Pascrell welcomed the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in New York, Ambassador Son Se-joo, to his district office in Paterson to discuss ways to build on the relationship between the two countries.