International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Ten Refugees, One Journey: Trinh Doan

Trinh Doan - ten refugees, one journey

Trinh Doan (Photo: Jim Gaffey)

After Trinh Doan’s home city of Da Nang fell to the North Vietnamese in 1975, her father – a university professor – was sentenced to indefinite house arrest.

Four years later, her family made a two-week voyage in a wooden boat, 550 miles across the South China Sea to Hong Kong. They got help there from the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and two years later an IRC representative met their plane on a chilly October day in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Doan graduated from Georgetown University, received an MBA from the Wharton School, and is now a Managing Director with Bank of America.  She is a member of the IRC Board of Directors and serves on its Nominating and Governance Committee.

Read more about Trinh Doan's refugee journey.

Meet the other distinguished refugees honored at the IRC's 2010 Freedom Award Dinner in New York:

Andrew S. Grove  l  Max Frankel  l  Jurate Kazickas  l  George Sarlo  l  Roman Martinez IV  l 
Roberto Martinez
  l  Thong Nguyen  l  Eskinder Negash  l Alek Wek