Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Arts and Communication

First Advisor

Heidi Hatfield Edwards

Second Advisor

Radhika Krishnamurthy

Third Advisor

Dzimitry Yuran

Fourth Advisor

Robert A. Taylor


U.S. laws allow citizens to seek compensation for their properties seized by a foreign nation through foreign settlement claims headed by a special commission under the Department of Justice. Only Congress or the Secretary of State could request this commission to open settlement claims programs. This project aims to improve communication outreach for a nonprofit, Boat People SOS, in its campaign to seek compensation for Vietnamese Americans whose properties have been confiscated by the Vietnamese government. The design project will provide an analysis, an execution plan and also consists of a package of informational products such as brochures, Power Point presentations, video clips and other legislative literature that are used to engage affected citizens and efficiently garner Congress’ support for a new claims program. The foundation for the project is based on existing legislation and previous successful claims programs. Literature on lobbying is an important guideline in advocacy activities.

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