Guest: Harold D’Souza

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H-white-backgroundHarold D’Souza is a survivor of labor trafficking and debt bondage in the United States of America. Originally from India, Harold D’Souza is a well educated and has experience is sales management. He has a Masters of Commerce, Post Graduation Diploma-Human Resource Development and a Bachelors in Law from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Harold pursued the American Dream and came to the U.S. on the advice and support of the man who would become his trafficker, encouraging him and reassuring him the American Dream was well within reach. For 133 months Harold and his family were exploited at the hands of a trafficker, struggling to be free and to keep his family safe. Today, Harold is a Survivor, Advocate and Public Speaker. Since 2008 Harold has worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a Senior Supply Chain Associated. He is a founding member (2008) of the National Survivor Network (human trafficking) CAST and is active in local antitrafficking organizations. He has spoken at numerous anti-human trafficking events, campaigns, conferences and other public awareness activities throughout the U.S and India.

Notably, Harold has been appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to the Historic United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. Harold has found a new purpose in life, to be the voice, courage, hope and freedom for victims. His mantra for staying focused and continuing the path is “What your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve” (Napoleon Hill). D’Souza is working on a book called “Human Trafficking: A Frog in a Well.” His philosophy is, fix the problem and not the blame, and his favorite inspirational quotes are “I am a poor starter, but a strong finisher” and “Don’t worry, be happy”.

Featured in Episode 2

Organization: Ending the Game

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Ending The Game (ETG) is a groundbreaking survivor-written curriculum that helps sex trafficking victims reduce feelings of attachment to a trafficker and/or the trafficking lifestyle.  Ending The Game (ETG) educates and empowers sex trafficking victims by providing a structure and framework to uncover harmful psychological coercion (a.k.a. “The Game”) that victims may have been subjected to during their trafficking experience. By offering a curriculum that reveals the sequence of commonly-used, yet seldom-explained, mind control techniques used by traffickers, we aim to empower participants to acquire skills to “End The Game.”

Guest: Rachel Thomas

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rachelthomasA graduate of UCLA with a Masters in Education and a personal survivor of human trafficking, Rachel has extensive experience teaching, training, curriculum writing, public speaking and mentoring.  As Director of Sowers Education Group, she has educated and inspired a wide range of audiences including teens, social service providers, churches,
teachers, college students, and law enforcement. Sowers’ intervention curriculum Ending The Game is being used by over 170 facilitators in 8 states and helps survivors break the bonds of attachment to traffickers and the trafficking lifestyle.

Since 2012, Rachel has reached over 36,000 live audience members and millions more through numerous media outlets including The T.D. Jakes Show, The New York Times Upfront Magazine and ABC’s Newsmakers.  Rachel was also honored by Congressman Ed Royce of California’s 39th district and Los Angeles Supervisor Don Knabe for her leadership and trafficking prevention efforts. To learn more about Sowers or Rachel Thomas, please visit www.SowersEducationGroup.com.

Featured in Episodes 2 and 4

Guest: Shawn MacDonald

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Shawn MacDonald is CEO of Verité, a civil society organization that works with businesses to promote workers’ rights and other sustainability goals in global supply chains through research, consulting, training, assessments, and policy advocacy. Before his appointment as CEO in 2016, Shawn had led Verité’s research, program, and policy work since 2003. Shawn has broad international and domestic experience in labor rights, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, workplace health, and multi-sector partnerships. Before joining Verité, he was Director of Accreditation at the Fair Labor Association, Vice President of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Senior Advisor at Meridian Group International, and co-founder of the Development and Employment Policy Project. Additionally, he worked for a variety of civil society organizations in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe. He holds a Ph.D. from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and an AB in History from Harvard University.

Featured in Episode 1

Organization: Verité

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Verité is a global, independent, non-profit organization that conducts research, advocacy, consulting, training’s, and assessments with a vision that people worldwide work under safe, fair, and legal conditions.

Since our inception in 1995, we have partnered with hundreds of multinational brands, suppliers, and international institutions in more than 70 countries across multiple sectors to improve working conditions and social performance within global supply chains. Through our independent regional offices and long-term network partners, we gather information globally about labor practices and make this analysis available to brands, suppliers, and investors, as well as governments, NGOs, and trade unions.

Guest: Stephanie Richard

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thumbnail_headshot2016StephanieStephanie Kay Richard, Esq., is the Policy & Legal Services Director at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) where she provides direct legal services to survivors of human trafficking and technical consultation on human trafficking cases nationwide. She has been involved in the anti-trafficking movement for over 10 years. During this time she has served as the domestic lead for the Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking (ATEST) and the policy Co-Chair of the Freedom Network, USA, two national US based coalitions working to improve federal and state laws and the implementation of these laws to better serve trafficking survivors in the United States. She graduated summa cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law, where she was the recipient of a public interest/public service scholarship. She is licensed to practice law in California, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington, DC.

Featured in Episode 1

Organization: Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking

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Founded in 1998 in Los Angeles, California, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) was one of the first organizations in the United States to provide comprehensive social and legal services for survivors of human trafficking. Additionally, CAST opened the first shelter in the country exclusively dedicated to providing physically and psychologically safe housing for survivors. CAST serves male, female, and child victims of trafficking. CAST clients come from almost every region of the world including Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa and the United States. To date, CAST has provided services to over 1,500 survivors and their family members, as well as thousands of hours of technical consultation to organizations working on this issue across the country and internationally. Systemic change is at the core of CAST’s mission. Taking a survivor-centered approach to ending modern slavery, CAST has a proven track record of working directly with survivors of human trafficking which builds an important bridge between practice and policy to inform effective policy initiatives. By developing broad-based partnerships, CAST effectively advocates for policies that work to end human trafficking and help survivors rebuild their lives.

Ryan Martin (Host)

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ryanDr. Ryan Martin is the chair of the Psychology Program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a nationally known anger researcher. His work focuses on healthy and unhealthy expressions of anger, including how we express anger online. He teaches courses on mental illness, emotion, and anger and violence. He also hosts the popular UW-Green Bay Psychology podcast, Psychology and Stuff.