Houston: An Indian-American woman has been honoured with a Presidential award by US secretary of state Mike Pompeo for her extraordinary contribution towards combating human trafficking in Houston.
Minal Patel Davis, special advisor on human trafficking to Houston mayor Sylvester Turner, received the âPresidential Medal for Combating Human Traffickingâ in the White House last week at a ceremony also attended by president Donald Trump.
âIt was unbelievable,â said Davis after winning the award, the countryâs highest honour in the field.
Â âMy parents came here from India. I was the first one in my family born in the United States, so to end up in the Mayorâs office a few years ago, and then to now end up in the White House, it was unbelievable,â she said.
Appointed in July 2015, Davis has made a local impact on human trafficking in Americaâs fourth largest city from a policy-level perspective and by helped in advancing systems change.
She is currently implementing Mayor Turnerâs Anti-Human Trafficking Strategic Plan, which is the first comprehensive municipal response to human trafficking by a US city.
Davis has spoken at several local, national and international panels and presented Houston cityâs approach.
She is a past speaker at the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit and recently travelled to India and Canada at the request of the State Department to discuss municipal leadership in trafficking with the government officials.
Davis did her MBA from the University of Connecticut and BA from New York University.