Vietnamese fishermen on the Gulf Coast reeling from the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are going to get a helping hand from a San Jose-based group of Vietnamese-American lawyers. The Vietnamese newspaper Calitoday reported that many fishermen living off $100 food vouchers are now so desperate that they are collecting cans and selling eggs to survive. A few have even tried to commit suicide.

The Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC) has mobilized attorneys to go to the Gulf Coast to open a legal aid clinic. Their goal is to help the Vietnamese community there understand how to access the BP claims policy. Louisiana’s Vietnamese-American Congressman Anh Cao is co-hosting the clinic along with the Mississippi Center for Justice.

VABANC is asking the Bay Area community to donate and volunteer to help