Human Traffic Watch

White House honors student working to stop human trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on May 7, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Minh Dang, a UC Berkeley graduate student whose courageous personal story prompted her work fighting the commercial sexual exploitation of children and launched her into the national spotlight, was named by the White House today (Monday, April 29) as a Champion of Change.

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Minh Dang, Champion of Change

Dang and 14 other Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women –- recognized for their “extraordinary commitment to their communities, fellow citizens and the country” – have been invited to travel to Washington, D.C., to speak on May 6 at a Champions of Change event about the challenges and opportunities they’ve encountered. Their stories will be featured on the White House website.

“There was a time that I could only imagine breathing beyond the next day, let alone being at the White House,” said Dang, 28, a student in the School of Social Welfare. “I am honored to receive this recognition, but more importantly, I am honored to serve as a Champion of Change.

“The sexual enslavement of children is not just another social issue to be addressed… it is the social issue to be addressed. In the roots of child abuse and slavery are the roots of violence, discrimination and dehumanization.”

Source: News Center

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