Legacies of War is the leading U.S.-based educational and advocacy organization working to address the impact of conflict in Laos during the Vietnam War-era, including removal of unexploded ordnance (UXO). They raise awareness about the history of the Vietnam War-era bombing of Laos, provide space for healing the wounds of war, and create greater hope for a future of peace. They are not a direct service or aid organization, nor do they have local offices in Laos. From Washington, DC, they engage and establish relationships with governments, civil society and individuals, especially from the Lao diaspora, to raise awareness and increase financial support for clearance of UXO in Laos. They work directly with key decision-makers in the U.S. government – including Congress and the Administration – and with the private sector and media outlets to provide these influential groups with compelling information and analysis. They serve as a convenor and organizer of partner organizations and individuals seeking to resolve the UXO problem in Laos.
QLA Director Thoummy recently received an award from Legacies of War for his advocacy work on behalf of UXO survivors