On May 21st, 2009, U.S. Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy – son of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy and nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy – rose to speak in the U.S. House of Representatives about Sompop’s lifetime of dedicated work for human rights. His remarks are thus entered into the nation’s official “Congressional Record” in Washington, D.C.
Patrick J. Kennedy represents the people of the State of Rhode Island in the U.S. Congress. The following are excerpts from Mr. Kennedy’s Statement for the Record which, his office writes, “is to recognize [Sompop Jantraka’s] efforts and shine light on the good work he does so that others will support him and [his] work”.
“Madam Speaker. I rise today to acknowledge the extraordinary vision and compelling work for peace of Sompop Jantraka and his school, DEPDC … Mr. Jantraka … has toiled tirelessly and fearlessly in the face of danger, organized crime and desperation … to prevent child trafficking in the Mekong Sub-region … It is my hope that Mr. Jantraka’s work will continue to bring light to this severe, international pandemic that is encroaching upon and threatening the human rights of children across the globe. Sompop Jantraka is not only a living example of passion and concern … but he also serves [as] an inspiration to the world, reminding us of the great fellow citizens we can be and invoking the compulsion to be the great fellow citizens we should be.”
We are humbled by the great honour bestowed upon Khun Sompop and his entire staff at DEPDC/GMS and express our deepest gratitude to Congressman Kennedy and the people of the United States.
To read the entire text of Mr. Kennedy’s Statement on the Congressional Record page, please click here, enter “E1237” in the Page-Number field and click “Submit”.