Action Plan of Southeast Asian Coordinator By: Nicholas Rock, Southeast Asian Coordinator
Action Plan: National Veterans of the Vietnam War, Inc. Southeast Asian Committee
To advocate for VVNW members rights, to immigrate to the US or any 3rd country, based on their past associations with US programs and military during the Vietnam War, who are now in refugee camps in Southeast Asia by correspondence, telephone, fax machine and in person.
Advocate for VVNW membership in the United States who have relatives in the camps in Southeast Asia and who seek the assistance of this organization by virtue of their membership.
Advocate for the passage of Section 2104 in HR 1561/1564 and S- 908, Department of State Re-Authorization bill for 1996 with Section 2104 HR 1561/1564 "Smith Amendment" language to be made part of S-909 which is now going into Senate/House Conference.
Our members have been subjected to lack of due process in the United High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) overseen Comprehensive Plan of Action (CPA). The CPA is a international agreement signed by numerous countries designed as a plan to handle the Vietnamese Boat People in camps in Southeast Asia which is the legacy of the Vietnam War. There are numerous individual affidavits, testimony by international organizations and activists to several Senate and House committees and subcommittees attesting to the corruption, bribery, sexual coercion and intimidation of women, perpetrated against these asylum-seekers in their attempt to make their case for refugee status and for immigration to the US or any 3rd country. More recently there are interruptions of mail service, lack of medical care, lack of food and food which does not meet the minimum caloric requirements of the United Nation's own World Health Organization. Currently there is an estimated 40,000 Vietnamese Boat People in these camps. The American Legion is a very strong supporter
HR 1564 provides that: (1) no U.S. money should be used to finance repatriation of refugees to communist Vietnam or Laos and (2) instead, that money (some $30 million) should be used to resettle refugees according to U.S. criteria (not according to the decisions of corrupt officials in first asylum countries). This provision does not entail any additional resettlement budget or quota, nor does it affect any other refugee groups. The provision only sets priorities within the quota of 40,000 (and its corresponding budget) already requested by the State Department for Indochinese for FY 96. The provision gives higher priority to people who are most at risk in first asylum camps over those awaiting direct resettlement from Vietnam, who in general are not at risk.
Advocate How: By personal contacts via letter, telephone or in person, with various individuals, the U.S. State Department, the United High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), non-governmental organizations, Senators and Congresspersons and their committees and subcommittees, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), U.S. Orderly Departure Program (ODP)-US Embassy-Bangkok and the representatives and governments where the camps are located in Southeast Asia.
Resources: Besides my self, as necessary, utilize the willing membership in the VVNW Posts in Washington State to assist in carrying out these efforts and who also possess the skills, special abilities and connections to help our organization accomplish our goals.
Use of computer and/or word processor, word processing, data base and membership computer programs, telephone, fax machine, dictionaries, file cabinet, copier, pencils, pens, paper. Use of motor vehicle.
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