Nga Vương-Sandoval serves at the Colorado Department of Law and previously served at the state homeland security office, specializing in counterintelligence and counterterrorism, and at two universities.
She is active in a number of advocacy roles, including as the Refugee Congress Delegate for Colorado, founding member and public speaker with Colorado Refugee Speakers Bureau, advisory member for Denver’s Little Sài Gòn Redevelopment Group, and advisory member to the Denver Elections Advisory Committee. She also served as a commissioner with the Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission.
Nga was recently recognized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees USA as one of “Five Inspiring Refugee Women” for International Women's Day, and Asian Avenue named her one of the “100 Asians to Know in Denver.” She enjoys writing about her refugee experience, race, and culture, and presented her “Assimilation Is Colonization” talk for TEDx CherryCreek in 2020. You can find her origami line NVS Cre-Asian at Ruby's Market in Denver.
the disCOurse is a place for people to share their lived experiences and their perspectives on the past with an eye toward informing our present. In this heartfelt account, a refugee reflects on the journey that helped to define what constitutes her most prized possessions.