Agent Orange Justice Tour 2015

  • Hosted by the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign (VAORRC)
  • Joined in New York by Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) and Veterans For Peace (VFP)
  • Joined in Washington DC by Veterans For Peace (VFP)Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW)Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), and Children Of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance (COVVHA)

The Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) delegation included:

  • VAVA President Nguyễn Văn Rinh
  • Special Advisor Nguyễn Minh Y
  • Foreign Relations Director Phạm Trương
  • Đồng Nai Province VAVA President Đào Thị Nguyên
  • Second generation AO victim Trần Thị Hoan
  • Nguyễn Trọng Phú, interpreter

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  • December 8-13: New York City
  • December 14-18: Washington DC
  • December 18-20: New York City

As we approach the holiday season, we are welcoming our 10th Vietnam Agent Orange delegation to the United States. This is an exciting moment as we open the next stage of our campaign to achieve justice for Agent Orange victims in Vietnam and the United States. Additional photos at

This visit comes in response to a visit to Vietnam made by Campaign Board members Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Jeanne Mirer and Merle Ratner to support the work of our partner organization, the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) which represents over 365,000 Agent Orange victims. Bishop Gumbleton spent time at several centers for young Agent Orange victims in January and February 2013.

Delegation from Vietnam

Tour Photo Album


December 8, 2015

Arrival in Manhattan at Alma Mathews House

Meeting with Cathy Dang (CAAAV: Organizing Asian American Communities), Chhaya Chhoum, Socheatta Meng and Le Dai Duong (Mekong NYC) in Chinatown, NY.

December 9, 2015

Meeting with Marci Reaven and Lily Wong at the New York Historical Society

Welcome dinner with the Vietnam Mission to the UN with Ambassador Phạm Thị Kim Anh (fourth from right), Susan Schnall (second left) and Hà Mi (left)

December 10, 2015

Meeting with faith leaders organized by Dough Hostetter, Mennonite Central Committee, at 777 UN Plaza

Public event at Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center of 1199 (the first US union to oppose the US war in Vietnam) – chaired by Susan Schnall and Frank Velgara.

Special thanks to Estela Vazquez (Executive Vice-President, 1199 SEIU/United HeathCare Workers East), to Ambassador Phạm Thị Kim Anh, and to Frank Velgara, Radhames Morales, Randy Jackson,… and the statements of solidarity of J.J. Johnson, VFP and VVAW members.  Poetry by Sarah N Mess (Warrior Writers) and Vinie Burrows.

December 11, 2015

VAVA meeting with Southern Christian Leadership Conference at the Most Precious Blood Church, 109 Mulberry Street

Fundraising event at Jeanne & Frank Mirer’s home

December 12, 2015

Film interview

Veterans For Peace Holiday Event at Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Avenue

December 13, 2015

VAORRC meeting with VAVA at Susan Schnall’s place

December 14, 2015

Travel by Amtrak to Washington DC

Arrival at the International Guest House

December 15, 2015

Meeting with friends in the International Guest House

Meeting with Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh

Meeting with US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

December 16, 2015

Meeting with US State Department and US Agency for International Development

Meeting with COVVHA

December 17, 2015

Congressional and press briefing, Cannon House Conference Room 121: Susan Schnall, Merle Ratner, Nguyễn Văn Rinh (VAVA), Paul Cox (Vietnam veteran), Trần Thị Hoan (Vietnamese 2nd generation AO victim), Heather Bowser (US 2nd generation AO victim), Joshua Kelly (US 2nd generation AO victim), Michael McPhearson (Veterans For Peace), Matt Howard (Co-chair, Iraq Veterans Against the War) and Ngô Thanh Nhàn (Vietnamese American)…

Meeting with Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Capitol

December 18, 2015

December 19, 2015

Tour of New York: Washington Square, Broadway and Ground Zero

December 20, 2015

VAVA/VAORRC Summation meeting and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed

VAVA Delegation leaving for Vietnam at John F Kennedy International Airport