Sign here to demand that USCIS grant humanitarian parole to Ms. Helen Huynh's sister, Ms. Thuy Nguyen, from Vietnam -- Helen's life hangs in the balance due to unexplained delays and USCIS has a chance to rectify this injustice.
September 21, 2017
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Re: Humanitarian parole for Ms. Thuy Nguyen from Vietnam
Dear Mr. McCament,
We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, write to strongly urge U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to grant the pending humanitarian parole application for Ms. Thuy Nguyen from Vietnam. As organizations that are dedicated to providing legal, health care, social, and other critical assistance to those in need, we are extremely alarmed that the life of an American citizen and immigrant from Vietnam hangs in the balance because of multiple delays in the granting of legal permission for a stem cell donor to enter the United States.
Earlier this year, Ms. Helen Huynh, who lives in Southern California, was diagnosed unexpectedly with acute myeloid leukemia. She requires a stem cell transplant, from as close a genetic match as possible. While a minimum 70 percent match is required to proceed with a transplant, Helen’s sister in Vietnam, Thuy, turned out to be a rare 100 percent match for Helen. Thuy’s perfect match for Helen is also remarkable in that rate of matches for Asian patients (72 percent) is significantly lower than for white patients (80 to 90 percent). Despite this hopeful turn of events for Helen, in the many months since the diagnosis, Thuy tragically has been unable to secure legal permission to enter the United States to provide life-saving medical assistance to her sister and Helen’s condition has deteriorated.
We urge USCIS to expedite the decision on this case and to grant permission for Ms. Thuy Nguyen to enter the United States immediately. Time is of the essence -- a life hangs in the balance unnecessarily and USCIS has an opportunity to rectify this injustice.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - ALC
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles and Orange County
Access California Services
Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc.
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Asian Law Alliance
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Asian Pacific and Policy Council
Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Association
Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches
BPSOS Center for Community Advancement, Inc.
California State University-Fullerton, Asian American Studies Program
Catholic Charities of Orange County
Chinatown Service Center
Chinese Progressive Association
Clinica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero
Coalition of O.C. Community Health Centers
Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles Area
Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
Guam Communications Network
Immigration Resource Center of San Gabriel Valley
Japanese American Citizens League
Korean Community Services
Korean Resource Center
Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc.
Little Tokyo Service Center
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
National Coalition for Asian Pacific Community Development
OCA-Greater Los Angeles
Orange County Asian American Bar Association
Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance
Orange County Congregation Community Organization
Pacific Islander Health Partnership
Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Incorporated (Georgia State University)
Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California
Public Law Center
Resilience Orange County
South Asian Bar Association of Southern California
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
Thai Community Development Center
Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California
Vietnamese American Bar Association of Southern California
Vietnamese American Community of Massachusetts
Vietnamese Association of Illinois
Vietnamese Community of Pomona Valley
Western State College of Law Immigration Clinic