In this undated photo, Toulu Thao advocates for Hmong in his role as president of the Hmong American Political Association. In 1982, Thao became one of the first Hmong refugees to graduate from an American university. A year later, he moved to Fresno, and his activities soon captured the attention of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officials who recruited Thao in 1998 to be one of the first of 200 Community Builders employed by the agency to advance its goals.
In this undated photo, Toulu Thao advocates for Hmong in his role as president of the Hmong American Political Association. In 1982, Thao became one of the first Hmong refugees to graduate from an American university. A year later, he moved to Fresno, and his activities soon captured the attention of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officials who recruited Thao in 1998 to be one of the first of 200 Community Builders employed by the agency to advance its goals. MARY LOMMORI Fresno Bee file
In this undated photo, Toulu Thao advocates for Hmong in his role as president of the Hmong American Political Association. In 1982, Thao became one of the first Hmong refugees to graduate from an American university. A year later, he moved to Fresno, and his activities soon captured the attention of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officials who recruited Thao in 1998 to be one of the first of 200 Community Builders employed by the agency to advance its goals. MARY LOMMORI Fresno Bee file

Fresno Hmong activist receives $825,000 settlement from HUD

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