Việt – Phi ten years reunion
In 2005, nearly 2000 stateless Vietnamese boat people were resettled in the US under a special humanitarian program designed to end their statelessness after languishing for over 16 years in the Philippines. On January 18, 2015, on the 10th anniversary of their resettlement in the US, over 200 former refugees gathered at VOICE’s Executive Director, Hoi Trinh’s house to commemorate the event with their loved ones, former advocates, and friends and supporters such as Reverend Thich Nguyen Thao from Vancouver, Lily Le and Ann Pham of VOICE Canada, Atty. Tran Kinh Luan, Atty. Nguyen Quoc Lan, Fr. Dao, Fr. Trong, Musician Truc Ho, MC Nam Loc, etc. many of whom spent months and years in the 90s and 2000s to assist the group. It was a day long celebration with lots of singing, dancing, outdoor mingling and of course, eating. By the end of the day, along with festivities, they also raised a small fund for the refugees left behind in Thailand which will be given to VOICE.