An Indian American woman Minal Patel Davis, working as a Special Advisor on Human Trafficking to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner received Presidential Medal for Combating Human Trafficking at the White House the for fighting a great battle against human trafficking.

For battling human trafficking, Minal received the ‘Presidential Medal for Combating Human Trafficking’ in the White House last week during the ceremony at White House for was also attended by the US president Donald Trump. After winning the highest honour in this field, she said, “It was unbelievable.” She said, “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.”

To talk about her education, Ms Davis has completed her BA from the New York University and her MBA from the University of Connecticut. Ms Davis was appointed in July 2015 and since her joining, she has made a great impact on human trafficking in Houston, Texas, which is America’s fourth largest city from a policy-level perspective. She helped advancing the existing system and brought a major change, and that’s why she was awarded with such a great honour. Currently, she is working on the implementation of Mayor Turner’s anti-human trafficking strategic plan. This plan is the first comprehensive municipal response to Human Trafficking by a US city.

She is a past speaker at the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit and she has recently travelled to India and Canada to discuss municipal leadership in trafficking with the government officials at the request of the State Department. Ms Davis has spoken at several local, national and international panels to present the approach of Houston city against the Human Trafficking.

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