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BPSOS' mission is to assist Vietnamese refugees and immigrants in their search for a life in liberty and dignity by empowering, equipping and organizing Vietnamese American communities in their progress toward self-sufficiency.
Formed in 1980, Boat People SOS (BPSOS) was based in San Diego, California and conducted many joint rescue-at-sea missions with international organizations. We rescued over 3,000 Vietnamese boat people in the South China Sea.
In response to major shifts in U.S. and international policies toward the Vietnamese boat people, in 1990 we moved our headquarters to Northern Virginia to concentrate on advocacy.
By 1997, when most boat people were either repatriated or resettled, we shifted our focus to domestic programs for Vietnamese refugees and immigrants in communities all across the US.
Boat People SOS Houston hosts a wide variety of programs for Vietnamese American communities around the Houston area including community development, disaster relief, family services, health, and survivor services.
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