Vinh Tran

Vinh Tran was born and raised in Bayou La Batre, Alabama.  Starting at four years old, he spent summers working as a deckhand on a small shrimp boat.  At 16, he worked both in the crab processing plants and in the oyster shucking business to support his family after his father was declared disabled from working.  Enlisted in the United States Navy in 2003, he served six years of active duty, including two deployments in Operation Enduring Iraqi Freedom.  In 2008, Vinh returned to Bayou La Batre to continue his services for the community.

He joined BPSOS in 2010 as a program coordinator, providing interpretation and translation, and information and referral services to families impacted by the BP oil spill.  In November 2010, he led a delegation of fisher folks from Alabama, along with other fisher folks delegations from the Gulf Coast states, to meet with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility Administrator Ken Feinberg in Washington DC regarding the oil spill’s impacts on the local Vietnamese communities.  In March 2011, Vinh was elected President of Vietnamese Community of the City of Bayou La Batre.  He currently serves on both the Library and Housing Boards of the City. In May 2011 the Governor of Alabama appointed him to the Seafood Marketing Commission to develop and implement a seafood safety marketing program for state. He is among the six emerging leaders enrolled in the “500 in 5 years” pilot program.

 

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