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We can't change our legacy ...

Or can we?



War Legacies Project's work in Laos was profiled in the New York Times Magazine International Edition. The article was made possible by a Pulitzer Center grant to journalist George Black. Photographs by Magnum Photographer Christopher Anderson. Read the free version here.


War Legacies Project's work in Laos and Vietnam on ongoing Dioxin remediation and cleanup was profiled in the New Republic by George Black in this article covering Senator Patrick Leahy's life, political work and legacy, and advocacy. 


This episode takes a hard look, with both Hetal Baman and Susan Hammond, at the alarming effects of dioxin, a toxic compound present in Agent Orange, on the environment and human health.

War Legacies Project

War Legacies Project began in 2008 with the vision of mitigating and ultimately eliminating the legacies of America’s war in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, and helping the people still impacted by toxic herbicides and explosive remnants in affected countries. We are dedicated to raising awareness about the long-term human health and environmental consequences of the war, and through our work we aim to heal the harms war caused.

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"Reconciliation and Reckoning in Vietnam," with the U.S. Institute of Peace

On March 30, 2023, the Institute hosted a conversation with George Black, Susan Hammond, our Executive Director, and several of the leading figures profiled in his new book. The discussion explored their intersecting efforts to orchestrate political reconciliation and personal redemption, demonstrating how former enemies can transform into friends and partners.

Pink Sugar

Between 1961 and 1971, the U.S. sprayed 12 million gallons of Dioxin-contaminated Agent Orange and 8 million gallons of other herbicides on Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia—an average of 5,200 gallons a day for 3,735 days. All 3 countries suffered an additional tragedy from 7 million tons of bombs and other explosives. Together, Agent Orange and Explosive Remnants of War left a legacy of destruction, death, and sickness.

We bring the legacies of violent conflicts to light by developing a better understanding of the true costs and consequences of war—to bring an end to war’s legacies and war itself, once and for all.

A Special Report, From Our Executive Director

This report, "US Assistance to Vietnamese Families Impacted by Agent Orange," reviews the history of U.S.-Vietnam cooperation and examines assistance for those affected by Agent Orange, including families and caregivers, in Vietnam.


Those We Support

Read the stories of some of our benefactors, the young people and children we work with, and learn how you can help people whose lives are still touched by the legacies of war today.

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Agent Orange Record, our project website, provides an objective and comprehensive account of the legacy of Agent Orange in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, the U.S. and other areas.


The survey was launched in 2014 to systematically record the consequences of wartime herbicide use in Laos, measuring both the human health impacts and environmental contamination.


must first become a past


before a future can be lived free of its

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We have helped hundreds of children and young adults living with Agent Orange-associated disabilities and/or illnesses by providing financial support, wheelchairs, prosthetics and other adaptive equipment.


We address the environmental consequences of wartime use of herbicides and Explosive Remnants of War, so communities can renew their relationship with their natural resources.

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