Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slaverly in Asia (CAMSA)
VIETNAM ADVOCACY DAY
Vietnam Advocacy Day is our collective effort to support the brave human rights defenders in Vietnam and also to support the calls by the persecuted churches in Vietnam for pro-democratic changes. This advocacy movement started with the National Summit of Vietnamese American Leaders convened by BPSOS in 2011. The first Vietnam Advocacy Day brought 500 advocates to the Capitol in 2012. In the second year, the number grew to 800. In 2014, the third Vietnam Advocacy Day brought to Congress close to 1,000 advocates from 30 states.
During Vietnam Advocacy Day, Vietnamese Americans and human rights advocates from across the country convene in the national capital to advocate, through legislative means, for Vietnam’s commitment to human rights and democratic changes as condition for expansion of relationship with the U.S, and bring together Vietnamese advocates inside Vietnam and among the diaspora for a joint platform and plan of actions for civil society development in Vietnam.
OTHER KEY ACHIEVEMENTS
Center for Asylum Protection (CAP): From 1975 to 1997, Vietnamese refugees
benefited from the world’s generosity and kindness in the form of protection by the United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees in refugee camps set up across Southeast Asia and in Hong Kong. That has changed. For the Vietnamese refugees in Thailand of today, practically all victims of severe persecution, there is no more refugee camp, no assistance and little protection. Every day they run the risk of being arrested and deported. Our Bangkok-based legal clinic, known as Center for Asylum Protection, now has 5 lawyers and three paralegals; we also have several full-time fellows to help with livelihood for families, education for children, advocacy for those
arrested by Thai police and resettlement support for those about to leave for
resettlement countries. For the past 9 years, our legal clinic has assisted more close to 1,000 Vietnamese asylum seekers; some 500 of them have been recognized as refugees and about 400 have resettled to the USA and other Western countries. Yet, more continue to come.
According to the latest US State Department report: “Vietnamese women and children subjected to sex trafficking throughout Asia are often misled by fraudulent labor opportunities and sold to brothels on the borders of Cambodia, China, and Laos, with some eventually sent to third countries, including Thailand and Malaysia. Some Vietnamese women and children are forced into prostitution in South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Russia.” CAMSA has directly rescued over 3,000 Vietnamese victims of human trafficking, and assisted in or facilitated the rescue of another 8,000 victims. Many more are desperate to be identified and rescued.
Resettled thousands of former political prisoners through the Humanitarian Resettlement (HR) Program.
Provided refugee protection for high-profile dissidents through Priority One-In-Country Refugee Resettlement Program.
Sent lawyers to asylum countries and successfully advocated for 18,000 former boat people to be resettled to the U.S. after repatriation.
Extended the McCain Amendment Program, which provides that certain sons or daughters of former Vietnamese re-education center detainees are to be considered refugees of special humanitarian concern and may be eligible for resettlement in the U.S.
There are anywhere between 100 and 500 prisoners of conscience in Vietnamese prisons. Since 2008, BPSOS has secured over half a million U.S. dollars in financial support for 130 human rights defenders who are either in prison or in exile. In the first six months of 2017 we raised over US $99,000 for 24 such cases. This makes up only a small fraction of the total number of human rights defenders at risk.
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