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Success Against Slavery: Strategies for the Future & Promising Practices in International Programming

Tuyet Duong, Boat People SOS
Remarks at the Roundtable Hosted by the White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives and the U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Washington, DC
October 28, 2008

Remarks upon representation of Board, History of Boat People SOS (BPSOS), Mission of BPSOS

  • Began as refugee rescue organization
  • Mission is to equip empower and organize Vietnamese Americans
  • Build infrastructure, build trust, and build human capitol in community
  • International human trafficking project engages the Vietnamese community which spans all around the world and includes youth
  • The domestic Vietnamese American community is very connected to global issues because forced migration still has many considering Vietnam their true homeland

Outline Case Studies and Use Pictures to elaborate upon examples
  • Polar Twin Advance embodies protection prong in terms of mobilizing attorneys and safe place
  • Letter-writing campaign in Malaysian case also brought about justice and compensation, and prompted companies to do the right thing
  • Deterrent effects of letter-writing, media work outside of gag rule, workers passing information through word of mouth in rural villages

Outline CAMSA model of protection, prosecution, and prevention
  • Truly grassroots on the ground, worker-driven movement
  • The project started with connection with local attorneys and volunteers who started with one small case, the Esquel case, and built upon that case the “snowballing effect”

Building cases
  • A feedback loop builds a campaign of cases that will eventually bring syndicates to their knees

  • Multi-pronged approach attacking source and destination countries from all different points will activate a grassroots global community

  • Overlying themes of activating the media, grassroots, worker mobilization campaigns, consumers

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