US President Barack Obama has nominated an Indian-American, a victim of human trafficking, to a key administration post that deals with the issue.
Harold d’Souza from Vadodara in Gujarat has been named a member of the US Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, the White House said.
Mr Obama announced his intent to appoint the several individuals to key Administration posts.
“I am honoured that these talented individuals have decided to serve our country. They bring their years of experience and expertise to this Administration, and I look forward to working with them,” Mr Obama said in a statement.
Currently Mr d’Souza is a Senior Supply Chain Associate for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a position he has held since 2008.
He is also a founding member of the National Survivor Network and is active with End Slavery Cincinnati.
Earlier in his career, he served as a Sales Manager in India.
Mr D’Souza received an LLB and M Com from Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara.
“I am a survivor of labour trafficking and debt bondage and a dedicated advocate against human trafficking,” he wrote on his LinkedIn page.
This year, the Greater Cincinnati Human Trafficking Conference 2015 invited him to be an advocate for creating awareness about human trafficking in the community.
“My personal philosophy is to fix the problem and not continuing cycles of blame. I show this attitude by serving individuals in the Greater Cincinnati area through community service. Many would describe me as self-disciplined, responsible, and courteous; and, it my intent to never fall short of these expectations,” he wrote on his LinkedIn profile.