Most Hmong refugees came to the United States during the Vietnam War. Through the International Rescue Committee (IRC) located in Oakland and other offices in the Bay Area, they provided camps in Thailand to start the huge resettlement. Nearly 195,000 Hmong refugees resettled during that time and most came to California. Before the initial move to the United States, they offer essentials like food, housing,practicing vocabulary and interviewing skills for job readiness. In the article IRC vice president, Bob Carey says, “This is an important chapter in the U.S.’s history of providing new opportunity for refugees in need of resettlement”(IRC, 2016). The IRC has a wider understanding of people around the world so they address them with an open hand no matter what belief they have. Still to this day they help Hmong refugees resettle here and now it is even more quickly adaptable in the U.S than ever before.
Another Organization that helps Hmong refugees are the Valley Vision. They had a project to help the Hmong community. Their goals were to strengthen the health and well-being of Hmong community in California by improving the access to better healthcare and advocate for better cross-cultural interactions between Hmong and Western medicine. They conducted the Hmong Health Collaborative from 2005-2008 and their results so far were amazing. Increasing mental health care for the Hmong community, educated Hmong community members on common health issues and the healthcare system in California were just some of the things they managed to accomplish. What stuck out to me was that they managed to approve the adoption of Hmong spiritual care policies at several area hospitals. That is amazing because cultural practices needs to be respected when in medical facilities.
The two organizations impacted the Hmong community in a positive way. Today we criticize the people that come to our country but we need to learn to accept them because everyone should have an equal right to be welcomed to this country with open hands.