Nga Vương-Sandoval | Việt Nam
Nga Vương-Sandoval is a proud Việtnamese refugee and embraces her heritage and refugee experience. She and her family fled their homeland where they became “boat people” and displaced on refugee camps.
She is a fierce and passionate social justice advocate for underrepresented and marginalized communities including refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers, and stateless people. She amplifies these voices with action through education, advocacy, storytelling, training, and lobbying.
She currently serves at the Colorado Department of Law. She previously served at the Colorado homeland security office specializing in counterintelligence and counterterrorism and Affiliate Faculty at University of Colorado at Denver and Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Nga is a TEDx Presenter, the Refugee Congress Delegate for Colorado, a founding member and public speaker with Colorado Refugee Speakers Bureau, the first refugee elected to Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains Board of Directors, a Noble Ambassador for Christina Noble Children’s Foundation Providing healthcare, education, and community development for impoverish children and families in Việt Nam and Mongolia, a Denver’s Little Sài Gòn Redevelopment Group advisory member, and a Denver Elections Advisory Committee advisory member.
She partnered with Stories Without Borders, Refugee Council USA, and Church World Service and provided storytelling, public speaking, and advocacy training to refugee and immigrant leaders across the U.S. She provided migrant training for NPR News – Morning Edition – StoryCorps. Her scholarly book reviews are published in the Oxford University Press. Nga has published Op-Eds on Medium.com on race, culture, social justice, her refugee experience, and current social issues.
Nga publicly spoke at the Proclamation Day for Colorado World Refugee Day, Womxn’s March on Denver, and Families Belong Together Rally. She testified on Senate Bill 230: Colorado Refugee Services Program at the Colorado Legislation in the Senate and House subcommittees that was codified into law. She lobbied at Capitol Hill to members of the U.S. Congress in support of the U.S. Refugee Admissions and Resettlement Program.