Dr. Yanping Chen is a naturalized U.S. citizen born in China. She was a cardiologist and medical researcher with the Chinese astronaut program. She came to the U.S. in 1987 to study and earned a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Washington University. She married a U.S. citizen, became a lawful permanent resident in 1993, and a U.S. citizen in 2001.
She lives in Arlington, Virginia. In 1998, Dr. Chen founded the University of Management and Technology in Arlington to provide secondary and graduate education to working adults. More than 12,000 students have received degrees in the last 20 years.
In 2010, Dr. Chen became the focus of a Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) investigation. After 6 years of investigation, Dr. Chen was told that no charges will be filed against her in 2016.
However, confidential information from the investigation was allegedly leaked to Fox News in or around 2017.
On December 21, 2018, Dr. Chen filed a privacy lawsuit against the FBI, Department of Justice, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Sesurity.
The above information was obtained from a report by the National Law Journal and a 14-page complaint filed by Dr. Chen, who is represented by the legal firm WilmerHale.
Dr. Chen’s case is significant because we have learned over the years about Sherry Chen and Professor Xiaoxing Xi who were wrongfully arrested and prosecuted, but we know very little about those who have been under persistent surveillance and investigations.