BPSOS again moved into action, summoning its experience at rescuing the boat people at sea and administering relief in the refugee camps.
BPSOS provided immediate direct relief aid to the evacuees from New Orleans, Biloxi, and Port Arthur at its Houston branch office.
In response to requests for assistance from more than 250 families (mainly Vietnamese but also Cambodian and Laotian), BPSOS opened an emergency office in Bayou La Batre in October 2005.
Since BPSOS launched its Katrina relief efforts, it has worked through four different channels--case management, advocacy, linguistic and cultural competency training, and emergency preparedness.
BPSOS is one of the nine national partners working on KAT Through this consortium, BPSOS has case managers in eight national locations, who provide assistance on financial aid and planning, home placement and rebuilding, benefits restoration, emergency assistance, legal assistance, and skills training and job search.
Meanwhile, the American Red Cross's efforts to reach and serve the thirty thousand Vietnamese-Americans affected by Katrina are facilitated through BPSOS specialty training and assistance.
To inform hurricane survivors of services, benefits, and opportunities, BPSOS began deploying its network of Vietnamese-language mass media in the Gulf Coast in late 2005.
The BPSOS Katrina staff has assessed and identified gaps in services and developed plans to fill out and improve those available to Vietnamese survivors.
In the final phase, BPSOS will build capacity for local grassroots organizations to sustain the replicated programs and prepare the local community for future emergencies.
As time goes on, BPSOS will continue to transform itself, expanding programs and searching for ways to improve the lot of the refugees through advocacy.
BPSOS effectively uses advocacy to promote social justice, defend human rights, and protect human dignity.
As a result of the BPSOS advocacy effort that started in 1997, the United States recently resumed the resettlement of torture survivors from Vietnam.