June 12, 2009: Boat People SOS is excited to announce that it has just received a grant for its work against human trafficking from the US State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP).
The grant will be used to fund work of the Penang program of the Coalition Against Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA), of which BPSOS is founding member.
“We’re very grateful to G/TIP and proud to have been selected for this grant,” said Dr. Thang, the executive director of BPSOS. “This demonstrates the State Department’s recognition of the work that CAMSA is doing to prevent human trafficking.”
There is a highly competitive selection process for this type of grant, which is awarded to US nonprofit/non-governmental organizations that are working with locally-based organizations abroad to build anti-trafficking capacity-building programs.
CAMSA, founded in 2008, has helped thousands of Vietnamese workers trafficked into Malaysia by Vietnamese state-owned labor export companies.
“This grant is essential to our operations abroad,” said Duc Truong, advocacy coordinator at BPSOS. “Tens of thousands of workers are being trafficked by the government of Vietnam, without regard for the harsh conditions they encounter abroad, and this grant will allow us to continue our operations to rescue trafficked victims.”