A survivor turns a advocate- Harold D’Souza


Harold D’Souza, 51-year-old, born in Vadodara – Gujarat, obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara, Gujarat.  He is a survivor of labor trafficking and has no inhibitions on telling his struggle story.  He was working as a senior supply chain associate for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 

He is also a survivor advocate and a public speaker.  He undertook 133-month of struggle with his family to get freedom, which enabled him to be invited to attend a forum in Washington D.C. on human trafficking survivors, where he started his public advocacy.  This was arranged by the Office for Victims of Crime Technical and Training Session.  He is recently named by U.S. President Barack Obama to the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking.  He says to India-West that this was a great honour together with responsibility to be named by the President to serve the nation.  He also added that all the struggle he underwent in his life has shaped and sharpened his skills and made him stronger to help the innocent victims.

D’Souza spoke to many community members to increase awareness and to make it easier for victims of human trafficking to obtain assistance.  He and his wife being the survivors of human trafficking spoke at the Greater Cincinnati Human Trafficking Conference in 2015 advocating and creating awareness.

His aim is to bridge the gap and create an easier path from victims of human trafficking to freedom.  He encourages the victims to walk with courage since service providers and law enforcement agencies are there to restore and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking.  D’Souza, is working on a book called “Human Trafficking: A Frog in a Well.”

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