DC SMS goes global as we focus our June meeting on human trafficking in Southeast Asia...
Our discussion leader for this meeting will be Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang -- Executive Director of Boat People SOS. He arrived in the United States in 1979, as a boat refugee from Vietnam.
Dr. Thang is well known for his vision and bold actions. Under his leadership, BPSOS became one of the leading anti-trafficking in persons organization not only in the US but in the world. He has personally worked on high-profile trafficking cases, from the largest case ever prosecuted by the US federal government (Daewoosa American Samoa, 1999) to the recent rescue of 176 Vietnamese women workers in Jordan.
Most notably, in March 2008, he coordinated a highly effective campaign to force a clothing giant to agree to compensate 2,600 workers, half being Vietnamese, in Malaysia. In early 2008, he co-founded Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA). This coalition, in conjunction with a local organization, has set up permanent operation in Malaysia. Within six months of operation, CAMSA’s effective work was recognized by both the White House and the State Department in November 2008.