Boat People SOS, Inc.

aka BPSOS   |   Falls Church, VA   |  http://bpsos.org

Mission

Formed in 1981, BPSOS conducted many joint rescue-at-sea missions with international organizations and has rescued three thousand Vietnamese boat people in the South China Sea. In response to major shifts in U.S. and international policies towards Vietnamese boat people, in 1990 BPSOS moved its headquarters from San Diego, California, to Northern Virginia and concentrated on policy advocacy and casework. Since then, BPSOS has assisted some 1,500 refugee families in their asylum claims. BPSOS created the Vietnamese Refugee Private Sponsorship/Canada program to resettle some 300 refugees from Southeast Asia and Hong Kong to Canada. In 1991, BPSOS created Legal Assistance for Vietnamese Asylum Seekers (LAVAS) to send pro bono lawyers and paralegals to help thousands of Vietnamese boat people in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong in their refugee claims. In late 1996, as most boat people had been either repatriated or resettled, BPSOS shifted its focus to helping and empowering Vietnamese immigrants and refugees in America. It has since established new programs to assist local community members in naturalization, immigration status adjustment, paralegal assistance, family reunion, consumer rights protection, public health, ESL for naturalization, and other human services. One primary program helps local Vietnamese communities form community-based organizations and provides training for their leadership.

Ruling year info

2003

Principal Officer

Dr. Thang Dinh Nguyen

Main address

6066 Leesburg Pike Ste 100

Falls Church, VA 22041 USA

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EIN

54-1563619

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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BPSOS's domestic projects/programs can be grouped into three general areas: human services, community empowerment, and public health education and treatment. The first group of programs helps Vietnamese newcomers with immigration status adjustment, naturalization, asylum claims, and other immigration issues. The second group of programs trains young leader, helps groups of families form their own mutual association, registers new voters, encourages newcomers to communicate with their elected officials, build coalitions among local and national organizations, and build community technology centers for the underserved. BPSOS has public information and education projects on radon, carbon monoxide, second-hand smoke, cervical cancer, lung cancer, asthma, coronary heart disease, mental disabilities, domestic violence; and one program to provide psychotherapy to torture survivors. BPSOS has several international programs to help Vietnamese boat people in Southeast Asia and victims of persecution in Vietnam.

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Boat People SOS, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/4/2013
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Anh-Thuy Long Secretary

Nguyen Thang Executive Director

Anh-Tuan Dinh Board Member

Ngoc Nguyen President

Karen Chung Acting Treasurer