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Mary David
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An advocate for victims of trauma, Mary David, J.D. is an internationally recognized human trafficking expert. Formerly the United Nations Advisor on women and children for the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, David is currently a freelance writer and motivational speaker. She helped to draft some of the first laws in Maryland against human trafficking and was named one of the Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders in the World by the Diplomatic Courier. David speaks regularly at conferences, universities, and on radio and television programs. She is the former Deputy Chair of Public Awareness on the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force and recently moderated an American Bar Association panel on domestic violence in Asia. She is a member of the South Asian and Foreign Affairs Association. David is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School, where she specialized in international human rights law. She works to unite different sectors of society against human trafficking in policy, fashion, film, and the arts.

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Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna: A Lost World Where Women Reign

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 4:52 PM

On an island deep in the ocean mists, the moon rises over a mythic world where women rule the winds and tides. Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna, now playing at Washington D.C's National Harbor, captures the strength of the female spirit and the power of women's voice in its...

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20 Percent of a Country Enslaved: A Cry for Mauritania

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 3:47 PM

Although he was born free, Biram Dah Abeid and his family know well the pain of slavery. Dah Abeid and his family are from the West African country of Mauritania. His father married a slave woman and they had two children, but the courts ruled that they could...

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Snowstorms Leave Human Trafficking Victims out in the Cold

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 9:50 AM

Experts predicted a -20 degree wind chill as I walked towards the metro in Washington, D.C., passing numerous people who appeared to be homeless hovering outside the station. Most businesses were shut down in preparation for the impending snowstorm. Layered in three pairs of pants and four overcoats, I immediately...

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Banning Lingerie From Storefronts Won't Solve India's Gang Rape Problem

(6) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 5:34 PM

A string of high-profile gang rapes in India have rocked global headlines in recent months. In late 2012, a teenage girl died after she was brutally attacked by a group of men while riding the bus. Soon after, a British tourist jumped out of her hotel room in New Delhi...

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