OH Governor Recognizes Indian American Human Trafficking Task Force
Harold and Dancy D’Souza were victims themselves and are now fighting the problem of human trafficking. (Photo polariproject.org)
India West Staff Reporter
CINCINNATI, OH – Governor Mike DeWine, in his recent progress on the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force report, featured Crusader Harold D’Souza on what community members can do to prevent human trafficking.
Harold D’Souza, an inspiring American Indian “survivor advocate”, illustrated how survivors can thrive regardless of the challenges they face during the pandemic. Polarisproject.org states that Harold and Dancy D’Souza and their two sons came to the United States for a job Harold got at a manufacturing company. After arriving in Ohio, however, the couple were forced to work long hours daily at a restaurant without pay and were indebted to their employer.
For 19 months, the couple endured hardships at work and at home, where their sons had to sleep on the floor “like rats”. Fortunately, with the help of various law enforcement, non-profit and community groups, the D’Souzas were able to escape their employer and ultimately achieve the American Dream that brought them to the United States in the first place. .
Today, D’Souza, President of Eyes Open International (EOI), is focusing on an “EOI Freedom Inquiry” into erasing crimes for victims of labor trafficking. His dream project is to open a men’s shelter for victims of labor trafficking. He is a strong partner in the Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking.
In January 2021, DeWine signed an executive order to create a stronger, more comprehensive response to human trafficking, which included adding five additional state agencies to help pursue multi-system strategies to combat the problem.