Boat People S.O.S., Inc.

Boat People S.O.S., Inc.

Founded in 1980, BPSOS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, with the mission to “empower, organize and equip Vietnamese refugees and immigrants in their pursuit of liberty and dignity.” Over the past 41 years we have directly assisted approximately 120,000 Vietnamese in multiple US states, addressing urgent needs specific to local communities.

Boat People S.O.S., Inc.

Founded in 1980, BPSOS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, with the mission to “empower, organize and equip Vietnamese refugees and immigrants in their pursuit of liberty and dignity.” Over the past 41 years we have directly assisted approximately 120,000 Vietnamese in multiple US states, addressing urgent needs specific to local communities. Our bilingual and bicultural staff provide direct services in the following program areas: disaster relief, immigration, civic engagement, worker’s rights, occupational health, mental health, health education, health access, domestic violence, family wellness, and adult education. Recently, we have addressed COVID-19 pandemic by addressing vaccine hesitancy and assisting with vaccination appointments.

About the Organization:

Founded in 1980, BPSOS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, with the mission to “empower, organize and equip Vietnamese refugees and immigrants in their pursuit of liberty and dignity.” Over the past 41 years we have directly assisted approximately 120,000 Vietnamese in multiple US states, addressing urgent needs specific to local communities. Our bilingual and bicultural staff provide direct services in the following program areas: disaster relief, immigration, civic engagement, worker’s rights, occupational health, mental health, health education, health access, domestic violence, family wellness, and adult education. Recently, we have addressed COVID-19 pandemic by addressing vaccine hesitancy and assisting with vaccination appointments.

organizational budget

$1 MILLION - $2 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

The Issue:

Domestic violence — defined here as physical and/or sexual violence committed by an intimate partner — is a monumental issue plaguing Asian American communities that are rarely acknowledged by community leaders and members. Vietnamese American victims of domestic violence, in particular, face daunting barriers in receiving services and support. Limited English proficiency (46%,), poverty (12%,), and residual past trauma from war and refugee experience have deterred Vietnamese American DV victims from accessing the care and support they need (Tran and Jardins, 2000; ACS 2017-2019). Mainstream providers are often limited in their cultural competency, lack linguistically proficient staff, and do not implement population-specific trauma-informed systems. Because of these gaps, many Vietnamese Americans are unable to communicate their specific needs and are generally unaware of the rights and protections afforded to them as victims of domestic violence. These compounding factors make Vietnamese Americans a vulnerable population with regards to domestic violence.

The Solution:

The goal of BPSOS’s Communities Against Domestic Violence (CADV) Program is to empower and equip DV victims to become survivors by overcoming their vulnerabilities and reaching self-sufficiency. CADV goes beyond crisis intervention to advance the long-term safety, stability, and self-sufficiency of victims. First, CADV will enhance traditional services by providing culturally-competent crisis intervention, support services, and case management. We will work with clients to develop individually tailored service plans, as well as provide cultural-competency training to partnered service providers. Second, our program aims to empower victims. CADV will enact an extensive strategy to connect victims with sustainable employment opportunities and provide resources for long-term financial stability. Last, CADV will build local and national capacity to support victims, by enhancing our existing services and by increasing the capacity of local stakeholders for education, prevention, and intervention strategies.

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