Webinar: Agent Orange: Lasting Legacy of the Vietnam War

Start: Thursday, March 25, 2021 7:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

End: Thursday, March 25, 2021 8:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

Sixty years ago, the United States used approximately 19 million gallons of 15 different herbicides, including 13 million gallons of Agent Orange, over southern Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Between 2.1 and 4.8 million Vietnamese were exposed during the spraying and many more continue to be exposed through the environment. Agent Orange exposure continues to negatively affect the lives of men and women in Vietnam and in the United States. Agent Orange exposure is associated with cancers, immune deficiencies, reproductive illnesses and severe birth defects in Vietnamese, American, and Vietnamese-Americans directly exposed as well as their children and grandchildren.

In this powerful panel, Hoan Thi Tran will talk about her personal story, as will Heather Bowser. Jonathan Moore will discuss the U.S. legal cases around Agent Orange, and Tricia Euvrard will talk about the current lawsuit in France. Susan Schnall will talk about the broad health effects of Agent Orange, and Paul Cox will briefly discuss the legislation on Agent Orange that U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee will soon introduce.

About the Panelists:

  • Hoan Thi Tran: Born in Binh Tuan Province, Vietnam, without lower extremities and missing a hand, Hoan's mother, a farmworker, was exposed to Agent Orange. Hoan is a graduate of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Foreign Languages and Information Technology with a certificate in computer science.
  • Heather Bowser: Heather Bowser, Canfield, Ohio, is the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran. Heather is an Agent Orange activist who was born with multiple birth defects due to her father's exposure to Agent Orange.
  • Jonathan Moore is a senior partner in the New York law firm Beldock Levine & Hoffman. Moore represented the Vietnamese nationals and the Vietnam Association for the Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin in a landmark case in the United States seeking to hold the chemical companies that manufactured and supplied Agent Orange and other poisonous herbicides to the US government during the Vietnam War liable for the harm created by their use. Jonathan is on the board of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign.
  • Tricia Euvrard: Tricia is a MA student in Gender Studies and Law at SOAS, University of London. She is a member of the Collectif Vietnam Dioxine based in France.
  • Susan Schnall: Susan is a member of the core of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign, President of the New York City chapter of Veterans For Peace, member of the Veterans For Peace Board of Directors, and lifetime member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War. For the past several years she has organized scientific panels for presentations about Agent Orange at the American Public Health Association annual meetings. Susan was dismissed from the US Navy in 1969 after a general court martial for anti-war activities.
  • Paul Cox: Paul is a veteran of the American War on Vietnam and was in the Marines. Since his tour he has been active against that war and all wars. He has worked on one of the main legacies of the war, Agent Orange, since 2005, and has returned to Vietnam five times to educate himself and others about its lingering effects. He is a long-term member of Veterans For Peace and is currently on its national board. He is also on the board of Swords to Plowshares Veterans Rights Organization and is the president of Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute.

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