Houston native released after jailing in Vietnam pledges to help others

The Houston native who was jailed 40 days after protesting in Vietnam’s largest city pledged Thursday to help others who remain detained by the communist government.

“I was able to escape… others are not so lucky,” William Nguyen said in Houston in his first public remarks since returning to the U.S. Aug. 3. “I will be devoting my foreseeable future to … freeing local Vietnamese dissidents who don’t have the shield of American citizenship to protect them.”

Nguyen, who grew up in Sugar Land, gave remarks at a news conference at the posh Houstonian Hotel with U.S. Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif. Nguyen lived in Lopez’s Los Angeles district before moving to Singapore for graduate school.