Posted by: BPSOS | December 11, 2008

In the News: US Policy Change Could Aid Daewoosa Trafficking Victims

eye-lostOn November 28, 2000, the Vietnamese workers at Daewoosa were attacked with PVC pipes by factory security guards, and one woman lost her eye.

December 11, 2008: The victims in the Daewoosa trafficking case, which Boat People SOS helped bring to light and resolve, may soon receive more help in their quest to reclaim their lives.

The Houston Chronicle by Lise Olsen reports that an agreement reached this week by US immigration authorities should provide an avenue to permanent legal residency for hundreds of human trafficking victims in Houston and across the United States. Boat People SOS sources contributed to the story, which reads, in part:

“About 300 victims who could be eligible for green cards under the proposal were rescued in American Samoa in 2001 in the largest human trafficking case in US history. All of those victims, mostly Vietnamese women, had been duped into paying their own way to the island for what they thought were legitimate jobs at the Daewoosa sewing factory, where they were forced to work without pay or adequate food, according to court records.

Twenty victims resettled here. The Daewoosa victims also were the first T visa recipients. They were unable to get green cards after their T visas ended — because of the regulation that was delayed until now.

‘My clients are going to be ecstatic!” said Boat People SOS Attorney An Phong Vo, who represents the 20 Daewoosa victims who live here. “It’s going to (make) a whole world of difference.’”

To read the complete story, click here.



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  2. […] The program, Victims of Exploitation and Trafficking Assistance (VETA), was established in 2000 to help serve the legal and social needs of 250 Vietnamese and Chinese individuals trafficked to the Daewoosa factory in American Samoa. BPSOS played a pivotal role in resolving the case; to learn more, click here. […]

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