Country of Origin: Việt Nam
Nga Vương-Sandoval is the Refugee Congress Delegate for Colorado. She and her family fled from their homeland due to the Việt Nam War and became refugees. They were displaced in refugee camps before resettling in the U.S. and were known as the “boat people.”
As a Việtnamese refugee, she’s empathetic to the plight and struggle of other marginalized humans including refugees and immigrants. She’s unafraid to raise her voice to ensure that refugees and underrepresented communities are welcomed and treated as humans. She serves as a passionate and fearless social justice advocate on issues impacting underrepresented and marginalized communities by amplifying their voices through advocacy, storytelling and social activism.
Vương-Sandoval currently serves as an Investigator at the Colorado Department of Law. Her prior professional experience has included serving at the state homeland security office and specializing in counterintelligence and counter-terrorism as well as affiliate faculty at two universities.
Her social justice advocacy demonstrates her commitment to underrepresented and marginalized communities and has included federal and state lobbying, advocacy, storytelling, public speaking, legislative testimony, published academic scholarly book reviews, media interviews and creating awareness through education.
She testified at the Colorado Legislation in the Senate Sub-committee and House Sub-committee for SB230: Colorado Refugee Services Program that was codified into law. As part of a Colorado delegation hosted by Church World Service and Refugee Council USA, she served as the only refugee along with faith leaders who lobbied at Capitol Hill in support of continuing U.S. refugee admissions and resettlement.
Vương-Sandoval co-founded, is a Steering Committee member and a public speaker for Colorado Refugee Speakers Bureau. She’s the first refugee elected to Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains Board of Directors, published academic book reviews about the refugee experience in the Oxford University Press, serves as an advisory member for Denver’s Little Sài Gòn Business District Redevelopment Group and as a Denver Election Advisory Committee advisory member. She previously served on the Denver Asian-American Pacific Islander Commission as a City Commissioner.
She has spoken publicly at the 2019 Colorado Womxn’s March on Denver, the 2018 Women’s March on Denver, the 2017 Colorado World Refugee Day, the 2017 Families Belong Together Rally, opening night/ribbon-cutting events, universities, K-12 education institutions, panels and film screenings. Her story and interviews have been featured in Colorado Public Radio, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Westword Magazine, Denverite Magazine, KUSA 9News, CBS 4 News, History Colorado, Denver Arts and Venues and Confluence Magazine.
“I’m a proud refugee, advocate and activist for my refugee and immigrant brothers and sisters. I amplify our unified message by standing against xenophobia and hatred through advocacy, education and storytelling. My message is important to demonstrate that compassion and unity are the most powerful forces to humanize refugees.” – Nga Vương-Sandoval