Minal Patel Davis is currently implementing Mayor Turner’s Anti-Human Trafficking Strategic Plan
An Indian-American woman has been honoured with a Presidential award by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for her extraordinary contribution towards combatting human trafficking in Houston.
Minal Patel Davis, Special Advisor on Human Trafficking to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, received the ‘Presidential Medal for Combating Human Trafficking’ in the White House at a ceremony also attended by President Donald Trump.
“It was unbelievable,” said Davis after winning the award, the country’s highest honour in the field.
“My parents came here from India. I was the first one in my family born in the United States, so to end up in the Mayor’s office a few years ago, and then to now end up in the White House, it was unbelievable,” she said.
Appointed in July 2015, Davis has made a local impact on human trafficking in America’s fourth-largest city from a policy-level perspective and helped in advancing systems change.
She is currently implementing Mayor Turner’s Anti-Human Trafficking Strategic Plan, which is the first comprehensive municipal response to human trafficking by a US city.
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