Harold D’Souza invited to serve on the ‘Advisory Board’ for the Urban Institute

Harold D’Souza invited to serve on the ‘Advisory Board’ for the Urban Institute at Washington DC

Life has come full circle for Harold D’Souza. From being a near slave to survivor in Lady Liberty’s land is now invited to serve as a member of the ‘Advisory Board’ for the Urban Institute project titled; “Bending Towards Justice: Perceptions of Justice among Human Trafficking Survivors”.


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Colleen Owens, Senior Research Associate, Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute and an Principal Investigator on the study said; “The Urban Institute is conducting a study, Bending Towards Justice: Perceptions of Justice among Human Trafficking Survivors, on human trafficking survivors’ perceptions of justice and their experiences with the justice system. The project will consider whether alternate means of seeking justice, specifically through restorative or procedural justice would be successful models for serving survivors’ needs. The study is funded by the National Institute of Justice as a researcher-survivor partnership in response to the desire of the survivor community to engage the research community to provide a more accurate understanding of human trafficking. On April 12, 2016, the study convened an advisory group of experts, including Harold D’Souza, in Washington, DC to kick off the effort”.

In December 2015, US President Barack Obama appointed Harold D’Souza as a member on the US Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. One of Harold’s mission is to inform, educate and prevent human trafficking in India.

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This is one family that has fought against the tide. Bradly 20, their elder son is in Carl H. Linder College of Business at the University of Cincinnati, Product Specialist, Tesla Motors and was elected as the Board of Directors of a leading non-profit, Prevent Blindness working for preserving sight and preventing blindness. Rohan 17, a rising tennis player is a senior at Sycamore High School.

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