February 6, 2009: Boat People SOS, a founding member of the Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA), has worked against human trafficking for years. But who are the boat people, and what is the connection between their story and their ongoing work to rescue victims of human trafficking?
A short look at the story of how Vietnamese refugees arrived in the United States may help illuminate the links between a story that began decades ago, and the current tragedy of abused and exploited guest workers of Vietnamese and other nationalities. We hope that these videos of the boat people’s story will serve this purpose:
The connecting thread, as we hope becomes apparent after watching these videos, is a belief in the fundamental right to dignity of all people, and an ongoing search for justice for people trapped in harsh conditions.