Guests at the July 4 Daewoosa anniversary dinner included (from the left) Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang; Stanley Togikawa; Sue French, JD; Ambassador Luis CdeBaca; Virginia Lynn Sudbury, Esq.; Ambassador Grover Joseph Rees (ret.).
July 17, 2009: BPSOS in Houston hosted a dinner on July 4 marking the10th anniversary of the Daewoosa American Samoa case, at which survivors of the largest human trafficking case ever prosecuted by the US Justice Department were honored alongside their allies.
Several prominent figures offered their reflections on the high-profile case, in which hundreds of Vietnamese and Chinese workers were rescued from beatings, starvation, overwork, and fraud at the hands of the firm Daewoosa in American Samoa.
The most important people at the event, however, were the survivors themselves, who included Houston residents and many who traveled from around the US to be present.
One of the allies to offer his thoughts on the significance of the Daewoosa case was Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, the event’s keynote speaker. CdeBaca, one of the attorneys who prosecuted the Daewoosa case, is now Ambassador-At-Large at the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
BPSOS helped spotlight the Daewoosa case and to this day continues to support survivors with legal and social services.
“We’re proud to commemorate this landmark victory, honor the survivors for their courage and perseverance, celebrate their becoming legal permanent residents, and reunite them with past allies from the government and nonprofits,” said BPSOS’ executive director, Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang.
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