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Nepalese schoolgirl Susmita Kami, centre, 16, at school in Simikot, the headquarters of Humla district, on November 6, 2014. Three years ago, the teenager escaped from a forced marriage and begged her parents not to send her back as she wanted a better life. Prakash Methema/AFP Photo

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February 4, 2015

SIMIKOT, NEPAL // On a freezing night three years ago, 13-year-old Susmita Kami sneaked out of her husband's house and did not stop running until she reached her parent's doorstep in Nepal's remote northwest.

Her escape from a forced marriage –– a tradition many teenage girls from the Himalayan nation's Dalit community are expected to uphold –– was soon under threat.

But Susmita's parents resisted demands from her in-laws to send her back, deciding to stand by their pleading daughter who desperately wanted a better life.

Thursday, 19 February 2015 00:00

Ash Wednesday

 

Ash Wednesday – Also the last day of the year for the Vietnamese Calendar! Tomorrow "we" (Vietnamese) begin our new year! I am taking a little times out of this very busy day to thanks:

1. The Almighty God – who has wonderfully created me and blessed and continued to protect me!

2. My parents who always support of my calling to serve others – that also means no one will take care of them in their old age!

3. The benefactors of OBV family – I do not know what to do without you!

Saturday, 14 February 2015 00:00

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"Sex Trafficking in the USA" Episode 1 focuses on survivors trafficked into a life of prostitution in the U.S., as well as effective programs that combat commercial sexual exploitation and restore lives. Nicholas Kristof joins Ashley Judd, Blake Lively, and Malin Akerman in Nashville, Boston, and Chicago to illuminate the widespread existence of crimes happening in our own backyard.

Friday, 13 February 2015 00:00

Good and Good

To speak true, the OBV family didn't expect to receive special praise like that. However, two employees from Suka Society in Malaysia still paid a visit to the family to express admiration for them. The visits also shows gratitude and acknowledgement to the two guests, who are preparing to join the OBV family in their meaningful work in Malaysia.

Even though Miss Cecil and Miss Sara stayed with our family for only one day, our children still had a chance to practice their English a little bit. Moreover, in such a limited time, Cecil and Sara still gave our family some positive feedback for our future enhancement:

Sunday, 26 April 2015 00:00

OBV Staff Training Jan - Feb 2015

Training: Sexually transmitted disease

Date: Jan 28, 2015
Presenter: Phuong Nguyen, MD, FACOG
Summary: Beside providing information about sexually transmitted disease so that OBV staff can have more knowledge to take care of the OBV children – victims of sex exploitation, Dr. Nguyen also addressed menstrual cycle, vaginal discharge and infections. A very helpful, "hot" topic that benefit female staff too.

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Date: Feb 4, 2015
Presenter: Tiffany Pham, MSW, LCSW
Summary: A session held to explore and discuss clinical challenges in completing intake and assessment with victims and their family.

Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00

OBV at US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

It's Saturday, and the Embassy is closed; however, because of some incidents happended by misunderstanding after our previous trip to Malaysia, the chief security officer of the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia had arranged time to meet with Fr. Martino Ba-Thong Nguyen (OBV Founder), Dr. John Duy-An Nguyen (OBV President), and OBV Malaysia repreesentative at 9:00am January 30th, 2105. We are grateful for the opportunity to present OBV mission and works in different countries in Southeast Asia, and the possibility to work with the US authority in different countries on human trafficking. We also learned how to be properly protected by the US Government while working in foreign countries, how to efficiently work with international agencies as well as different governements through proper channels.

Although Ukrainian trafficking victims were told they would gain legal entry in the U.S., they were routinely smuggled through Mexico using temporary tourist visas like this one.

The young Ukrainian men and women—many of them out of work and with few prospects—were promised good-paying jobs in the United States. But instead of living the American dream, they were thrust into a nightmare of violence, threats, and forced servitude.

For years, five brothers who ran a human trafficking organization victimized dozens of unwitting Ukrainians, underscoring the reality that modern-day slavery exists in the United States and around the world—and requires a strong response by governments and law enforcement.

Saturday, 24 January 2015 00:00

OBV at St. Joseph seminary - Xuan Loc

Fr. Martino leading the prayer before speaking about OBV for the Bishop, fathers, teachers, and seminarians at St. Joseph seminary - Xuan Loc.

Meeting Anderson, from SUKA, a non-profit organization in Malaysia

OBV will work with SUKA to provide translation for victims from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, creating profiles, and rehab those who are within OBV mission

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