HTDL Collaborator Survivor Alliance’s Dr. Minh Dang Honored by President Biden

On February 13, 2024, Survivor Alliance co-founder and Executive Director Dr. Minh Dang received the Presidents Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking during the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

The Lab celebrates this recognition of the key role Dang and her organization Survivor Alliance have played in strengthening the anti-trafficking movement by uniting and empowering survivors to be leaders. The Lab has been fortunate to engage with several Survivor Alliance colleagues in an effort to ensure we take a trauma-informed and survivor-centered approach to our research.

More about Survivor Alliance: Survivor Alliance envisions a world where survivors of slavery and human trafficking are thriving members of society. The achieve this vision by uniting and empowering survivors of slavery and human trafficking around the world to become leaders of the anti-slavery movement. They believe that building sustainable survivor communities enables survivors to thrive and that empowered survivors will lead the anti-slavery movement and create solutions for fellow survivors to thrive. By providing learning, leadership, and engagement opportunities, survivors can find a way to transform trauma into treasured knowledge and expertise.

More about Dr. Minh Dang: Minh Dang, MSW, PhD is co-founder and Executive Director of Survivor Alliance, an international non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on building sustainable communities with by, of, and for survivors of slavery and human trafficking. She is also a Research Fellow and Lead in Survivor Scholarship and Wellbeing at University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab.

Minh Dang recently earned her Ph.D in Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Nottingham School of Politics and International Relations, studying the wellbeing of survivors of slavery and human trafficking. For her scholar-activism, she earned the Vice Chancellor’s Medal in 2020. She is a fan of stationery and farmers’ markets, loves to sing, and Yosemite National Park is her favorite place on the planet.

The award presentation can be watched at the following link and begins around minute 17: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOqdMFuNUx8
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Lizzy Constantz, MPH

Lizzy Constantz serves as the Program Manager for the Stanford Human Trafficking Data Lab. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she studied human trafficking and human rights, culminating in a Masters thesis analyzing the correlates of early child marriage in Ethiopia. Prior to her work in public health, Lizzy developed an expertise in translation and clinical research, as well as programs and operations management. As Program Manager, she is eager to use her background and education to advance the lab’s initiatives.