New Land Community Center/AACS utilizes a staff of highly qualified professionals who are uniquely familiar with the language and traditions of both Asian and American culture. Their education and credentials are augmented by years of practical experience in social work, psychology, teaching, law and government.
Its founder and Executive Director, TRAN THI NGUYET, was born and raised in Vietnam. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen after immigrating to America over 30 years ago. After receiving her Bachelors degree in social psychology in 1974, she completed graduate studies for her Masters degree in Social Work at NYU. With over 30 years experience dealing with the special needs of Indochinese refugees, she is one of the foremost experts in her field.
She has received numerous commendations and awards for her work with refugees and civic achievements, including North Carolina's highest civilian award for establishing its model refugee program there. In 1993, the Mayor of New York awarded her the Women's Peace Award sponsored by the NYC Commission on the Status of Women, and she was once a member of the Chancellor's Multi-cultural Advisory Board for the New York City Board of Education. She is a 1999 recipient of the Award of Excellence from the Governor of the State of New York for her outstanding dedication and service to the Asian-American Community and the New York Community at large.