Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Addresses from Sue Dumond/Heather Arps

Hello Friends and Family,
The following are links and phone numbers to write and call expressing concern about Ryan, along with a sample letter that you could use to write to the Laotian Government...

Please pass this on far and wide to friends, to the media, whatever...

Many of us wrote to our representatives initially when we heard of Ryan's disappearance. They called back, wrote and were very responsive. I think we need to write them again. Be polite and persistent!

I appreciate your time, concern and positive thoughts. Thanks,
Sue Dumond

Sample Letter to Laotian Government:
Dear ____
I want to express my concern about Ryan Chicovsky an American citizen who went missing and was last seen in Xieng Kok, Laos, while traveling on March 13. I understand the Chicovsky family has had the full cooperation of the US Embassy and Ambassador Patricia Haslach in their search for their son Ryan. With the help of the embassy and a private investigation team they have made several visits to Xieng Kok. Unfortunately, they still have no clue as to the whereabouts of their son Ryan. We respectfully request the full cooperation of the Laotian Government in this manner. Please do everything within your governments power to find him. We want to find Ryan and reunite him with his family. He was drawn to Laos because of the natural beauty of the area and people. Thank you.

National Assembly of the Lao People's Democratic Republic
His Excellency Mr. Samane VIGNAKET
President of the National Assembly
(email from Nat'l Assembly site. Seems to be a general email but worth sending to. Address to: His Excellency Mr. Samane Vignaket)

President of the Lao People's Democratic Republic
Khamtay Siphandone
(no direct email to Mr. Siphandone but still address to: Mr. Khamtay Siphandone)

Address in Washington DC to LAO Embassy:
2222 S Street NW
Washington DC 20008
PHONE: Tel. (202) 332-6416 Fax: (202) 332-4923
( I called and left a message on the machine. This is the Laos representation in our country and is definitely worth a call campaign)

Laos Embassy in Thailand

Laos Human Rights in the U.S.
Dr. Vang Pobzeb/Lao Human Rights Council, Inc.
P.O. Box 1606
Eau Claire, WI 54702
Phone (715)831-8355
Fax (715)831-856

Our Vice President
(Our president seems to have a broken link to his direct email. Hmmmm.....)

7.) Amnesty International
+1 212 807 8400
Fax number
+1 212 463 9193\1 212 627 1451
5 Penn Plaza - 14th floor
New York
NY 10001

U.S. embassy in Vietane, Laos
Our represenative is: Patricia M. Haslach
Judy's letter indicates that Ms. Haslach has been excellent help. You might write and thank her for her efforts.

U.S. Embassy, Vientane, Laos
Public Affairs Section

Tel: (856-21) 267089
Fax: (856-21) 267160
Web Site:

9.) (the consulate in Laos)

Our Washington State Representatives

Rick Larsen in Everett Toll-free: (800) 562-1385

Patty Murray in Seattle Phone: (206) 553-5545
or email:

Maria Cantwell Phone: 1-888-648-7328
or email:


Anonymous said...

I've sent letters to the Laotian government and to ours. I told everyone I know to come to this blogspot and send at least one letter to one person on the list. Thank you Sue and Heather for putting the list together.
Love to all.

Tammy Pal said...

In my experience with contacting government officials, I've found emails to be ineffective and easily ignored. In a meeting with an aide to a US Senator, I asked what was the most effective means of contacting the Senator. I was told that hand-written letters were given the most attention and are always read, with typewritten letters second. Faxes were third, then phone calls, and emails aren't on their radar.

It takes time to hand-write letters, but this situation demands that we all do whatever it takes to communicate most effectively.

Posting below addresses that were not on the Dumond/Arps list, that may be helpful:

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
US Department of State
2201 C. Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

Vice-President Richard Cheney
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500

Senator Patty Murray
Washington, DC 20510-4704

Senator Maria Cantwell
Washington, DC 20510-4705

We're committed to fasting and praying for the duration.

"The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms."

Love to you all