AnPhong Vo

AnPhong Vo is a Program Director with BPSOS, overseeing a multi-million dollar federal grant providing disaster case management services to over three thousand clients in the Greater Houston area and surrounding counties affected by Hurricane Ike.  AnPhong was nine when she and her family made their 13th attempt to escape Vietnam, by boat. They arrived in a refugee camp in Pulau Bidong, Malaysia.  Three-and-a-half years later, in 1992, they were resettled in Port Arthur, Texas. AnPhong earned her Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Civil Law at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Management at McNeese State University. Upon graduation, she joined BPSOS in its Houston office.

AnPhong has extensive experience working with refugees and immigrants as a former staff attorney, providing immigration and family law services to survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. She developed and supported BPSOS’ Victims of Exploitation and Trafficking Assistance (VETA) and Community Against Domestic Violence (CADV) programs, and served as co-chair of the Coalition Against Human Trafficking (CAHT), a member of the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance (HTRA)-Houston.  She worked with IOM to coordinate family reunifications for individuals residing in Central America and Asia.  She has has represented BPSOS with partner agencies, local, regional, and national collaborative, and the media, and has hosted legal and immigration workshops and clinics to recruit, train and support interns, pro bono attorneys, law enforcement agencies, and other service providers. Her efforts have assisted clients, refugees and asylum seekers from many countries - including Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Korea, China, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nigeria - and many different religious and cultural backgrounds.

In July 2011, she will be deployed to Southeast Asia to engage in refugee protection and anti-trafficking work, as part of a capacity-building initiative between BPSOS and local grassroots NGOs.

 

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