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Records, 1905-2002 1977-1999

The records include immigration applications, correspondence, speeches, meeting notes, financial and legal records, printed materials, and other administrative records that document the activities of the Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association (FVPPA), a non-profit organization active from 1977-1999 in campaigning for the release of reeducation camp prisoners in Vietnam. These records document not only the activities of the FVPPA, but also the individual stories of over 12,000 applicants for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' (UNHCR) Orderly Departure Program (ODP). In its work on behalf of political prisoners and refugees, the FVPPA undertook a variety of activities. Their public awareness program sought to collect and disseminate pertinent information on the needs of Vietnamese political prisoners and their families. An outreach program sought to establish a case file for every prisoner and his or her immediate family to assist eligible persons with their immigration from Vietnam to the United States or other countries. The FVPPA also acted as an information center for recent immigrants, and provided resettlement information and assistance as well as aiding in family reunification. They maintained correspondence and held meetings with several politicians, government agencies and officials, and human rights organizations. The Application Files contain documents proving eligibility for immigration to the U.S. through the ODP and include ODP application forms, sponsor letters, prisoner release documents, personal letters, photos, copies of identification papers, birth, marriage, and death records, educational certificates, military records, and other relevant documents. Found in the Office Files series of the collection are the FVPPA's extensive correspondence with government officials, political leaders, non-profit human rights organizations and others, including: Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush; Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau for Refugees Robert Funseth; Orderly Departure Program Director Martha Sardinas; Shep Lowman who served the U.S. State Department as Political Officer, U.S. Embassy, Saigon,1974, then as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asian Refugees, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Refugee Programs, 1975-1981, and Director for International Refugee Affairs, 1991-1998; the U.S. Department of State, Bureau for Refugee Programs; the Embassy of the United States of America in Bangkok, Thailand; Amnesty International; Staff Consultant for the Subcommittee on Asian & Pacific Affairs Eric Schwartz; Congressman Stephen J. Solarz; Secretary of State George P. Shultz; Senators John McCain, Edward M. Kennedy, John Kerry, and Bob Dole; the State of Washington's Department of Social and Health Services; and Thailand refugee camp president Ngo Suu
Archival Material, Vietnamese, 1905