Monthly Archives: July 2010

2010-2011 Community Email Updates

Needs Survey for Boat People SOS looking for HS and college students

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Hi everyone! Boat People SOS based in Westminster, CA is looking for HS and college students to complete a survey that would help to find out what the needs are in the Vietnamese community. Please read below if you are interested to help! Thank you!


My name is Alex and I am a workforce development coordinator for Boat People SOS in Westminster, CA. I am hoping that you would assist me in helping our VN Asian community.

This Thurs. we will conduct a H.S. & college student focus group survey to find out what are the needs in our Vn community. What kind of services/resources are needed and currently offered and how can we make it better? This is the first of its kind of survey that focus on Vn Asian in OC. This will help us better understand our community as well as to offer those needed services and asking for additional grants/funds. So it is crucial that we get a good representation.

So if you are able to attend or knew of someone who is in the HS or college age group then please forward them the information. The focus group will be held here at BPSOS @ 4p to 5:30p. Please ask them to either email me or call me if they are able to attend.

Attached is our upcoming events and survey questions for the focus group. If you are not able to attend and would still like to do the survey, then please feel free to complete them and email it back to me. Thank you for all your help and I applaud you for your commitment and dedication in helping our VN community and our future.

Have a great week!

Warm Regards,

Alex Pham
Workforce Dev. Coord.
9191 Bolsa Ave Ste 110
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 897-2214

We are located across the street from Phuc Loc Tho and a few ste down from Vua Kho Bo.


2010-2011 Email Updates

Hunger Strike to pass the DREAM Act

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Tom Nguyen, Vietnamese Culture Night (VCN) Co-Director 2010, participated at a Hunger Strike in front of Senator Feinstein’s Office in solidarity with fellow UCLA students and people from the Dream Team Los Angeles (DTLA) and Orange County Dream Team (OCDT) to encourage Senator Feinsten to champion the DREAM Act.

The Vietnamese Student Union at UCLA embraces the history and struggles of the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian community, which is predominately made up of first generation immigrants. Across the University of California campuses, 1% of undocumented students are Vietnamese. We recognize that the DREAM Act would align with our mission to help further the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian community and beyond.

Please stop by and show your support. The Hunger Strike is located at Sepulveda and Santa Monica Blvd.

Catch Tom Nguyễn in Người Việt here!

2010-2011 Community Email Updates

New Report Highlights Human Rights Impact of Immigration Laws

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Leitner Center Releases Removing Refugees: U.S. Deportation Policy and
the Cambodian-American Community

Washington, DC – The Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic
of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law
School, the Returnee Integration Support Center (RISC) and Deported
Diaspora announce the release of a new report, Removing Refugees: U.S.
Deportation Policy and the Cambodian-American Community.  The report
highlights the human rights impact of our current immigration policies
through the lens of the Cambodian-American community and is based upon
interviews conducted in Cambodia with individuals who have been
deported. The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), a
Washington, DC based advocacy organization, has long called for the
restoration of fairness to immigration policies and values the
important contribution of this report to the comprehensive immigration
reform discussion. The report can be accessed at

Two 1996 Immigration laws, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death
Penalty Act (AEDPA) and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant
Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) expanded the categories for mandatory
deportation and eliminated judicial discretion from the removal
process for all “aggravated felons.”  The Cambodian American
community, largely refugees who arrived in the U.S. in the early
1980s, has been hit especially hard by these laws following the
signing of an expansive repatriation agreement between the countries
in 2002.

Chi Mgbako, director of the Walter Leitner International Human Rights
Clinic, states “The laws are currently inhumane, unjust, and in many
instances at odds with international human rights norms. Immigration
reform provides an opportunity to address these overly punitive

“These important voices reveal grave acts of human rights violations
in our country’s broken immigration policies” states Dimple Rana,
Co-Founder and Director of Deported Diaspora. “Due process is a core
American value. This report demonstrates how essential it is to
restore due process to the people and families who seek asylum,
freedom and citizenship in the United States.”

Doua Thor, executive director of SEARAC, states,  “As a country that
values justice and the human rights of individuals, we cannot put off
tackling some of the country’s most pressing issues such as
comprehensive immigration reform – and making sure that reform
includes the restoration of judicial discretion.”


The Leitner Clinic aims to train a new generation of human rights
lawyers and to inspire results-oriented, practical human rights work
throughout the world. We work in partnership with non-governmental
organizations and foreign law schools on international human rights
projects ranging from legal and policy analysis, fact-finding and
report writing, human rights training and capacity-building, and
public interest litigation.

SEARAC is a national organization that advances the interests of
Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans by empowering communities
through advocacy, leadership development and capacity building to
create a socially just and equitable society.

Zaid Hydari

Pang Houa Moua