OBV Houston Supporters and I attended the Love146 event at the home of Staci and Dr Quang Henderson on the evening of Sat 9/19/2015.
Love146 organization has resources and homes in various countries whose works gear toward the prevention and rescue of human trafficking victims.
On Saturday 9/19/2015 morning, a group of dedicated volunteers: Mark Kingston, Lien, Nathalie, Donnie, Thuy, YLa and Thanh-Tam got together to review the program and logistics for OBV Houston's Chantilly Lace Ball which will take place on Nov 6, 2015 at the Ayva Center. This will be the 3rd Annual Ball that OBV Houston has organized.
We met, networked, and brainstormed. The meeting lasted 3 hours.
Thank you so much for your precious time and passion working for OBV mission.
Thank you for Being A Voice & Lending A Hand, to Make A Difference and Save A Life.
Dear OBV supporters,
Due to personal reasons, Dr. John Duy An has resigned as President of OBV effective 8/15/2015. We appreciate all the services he has rendered to OBV mission. He will continue to serve OBV as a volunteer OBV advisor.
Board is actively looking for a replacement and will make announcement when appropriate.
Thank you and we send our best wishes to Dr. John Duy An.
OBV Board of Directors
On Monday 8/31/2015, Dr. Thanh-Tam Nguyen, MD, FAAP was the Opening Speaker at the Annual All-Staff Meeting, Orange County Heath Care Agency, California Children Services. The presentation titled "Adverse Childhood Events Affecting Health and Development" showed the attendees that the ACE Study and multiple researches have revealed the negative life-changing outcome in adults when as children, they suffer adverse events early in life such as physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, parental neglect and abandonment, and/or household dysfunction with substance abuse, mental illness, mother treated violently, or an imprisoned family member.
At St Polycarp Catholic Parish Annual Picnic at Modjeska Park in Anaheim, CA, parishioners received DVDs.
Received $50 donation for OBV at St Polycarp picnic today.
We would like to send my big thank to:
- The group of Mr. and Mrs. Thong Hang from California
- Parents of Eucharistic Youth Society
- Children of Saint Polycarp Eucharistic Youth Society
For the contribution of your voices and heart opened sending to OBV family 1,000 USD
“May God pay special attention to you and His blessing be with you.”
Translated by Loan Nguyen. Original version in Vietnamese entitled:" Lời cám ơn"
The U.S. Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking applications from qualified U.S. citizens or permanent residents/registered aliens for a personal services contract (PSC) position as a Children in Adversity and Education Advisor in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Cambodia is a priority country for the U.S. Government under the Action Plan for Children in Adversity (APCA), which seeks to integrate internationally recognized, evidence-based, good practices into international assistance for children. The APCA has three principal objectives:
- Build Strong Beginnings: Integrate a child’s biological need for stimulation and responsive caregiving into health, nutrition, and early education programs for young children
- Put Family Care First: Support and enable families to care for their children, prevent unnecessary family-child separation, and promote appropriate, protective, and permanent family care.
- Protect Children: Facilitate the efforts of national governments and partners to prevent, respond to, and protect children from violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect.
USAID/Cambodia will launch programming for APCA with a focus on Family Care First with a goal to develop sustainable solutions to reduce substantially the number of children outside of family care in Cambodia. Please see the solicitation for more details. Applications are due Monday, August 10, 2015.
Photo: Children care for their siblings along a dusty road outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia.
© 2007 Tara O'Connell, Courtesy of Photoshare
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A man walks out of a pit during the re-burial of the remains of human trafficking victims in Kampung Tualang, in Malaysia's Kedah state, June 22, 2015.
Human rights advocates are outraged by reports that the United States will raise Malaysia's ranking in its upcoming report on human trafficking, and they are suggesting that the American government is putting its trade interests above the suffering of trafficked people.
"If this upgrade goes through, Malaysia did little substantively to deserve it other than join the negotiations for the TPP trade deal with the U.S.," Human Rights Watch Deputy Asia Director Phil Robertson told BenarNews on Thursday, referring to the Trans-Pacific Partnership that the Obama administration has been negotiating.
OBV Vietnam just welcomed a new member after 3 months of close watch. Timid and shy, she had met with a therapist to talk about her studies and dreams, and was now more confident in herself. OBV brought her back to finish off with some paperwork. As we arrived mother Ngoc came up to receive her and talked to her parents about regulations and rules in the home, as well as her rights and responsibilities in OBV home.
The number of Vietnamese cannabis factories in the UK has grown by 150% in the last two years. Illustration: Matt Murphy for the Observer
Hien was 10 when he arrived in Britain. He did not know where he was or where he had been. He knew only that he was here to work. Since he emerged from the back of a lorry after crossing from Calais seven years ago, his experience has been one of exploitation and misery. He has been a domestic slave, been trafficked into cannabis factories, been abused and beaten and was eventually prosecuted and sent to prison. It has been a life of terror, isolation and pain.
Hien's story is not unique. He is one of an estimated 3,000 Vietnamese children in forced labour in the UK, used for financial gain by criminal gangs running cannabis factories, nail bars, garment factories, brothels and private homes. Charged up to £25,000 for their passage to the UK, these children collectively owe their traffickers almost £75m.
Please note that OBV has changed to this address:
505 Harbour Gate Cir
Alpharetta, GA 30022
"In time the mulberry reclaims the sunk sea-bourn,
And what the gliding eye may first find fair weighs mournful on the heart "
(Original version belongs to Nguyen Du with 'Kim Van Kieu'
The translation was by Vladislav Zhukov)
Nguyen Du, Vietnamese great poet, felt sorry and sypathized for Thuy Kieu's life. In today era, modern "Thuy Kieu" women tend to lose their humanity for material means.
I arrived at 9am. Many girls were in a room isolated by iron bars. "Here she comes, you go ask her", one of them said. I looked behind the bars, some were on the left, some were on the right, some above and some were below...Crowded and all are Vietnamese, so am I, I felt so ashamed! Suddenly I stopped, didn't want to go further but I did not allow myself to do so. So I took a deep breath, set beside my pride and shamefulness in front of the native warden.