Cleveland, OH: Collaborative to End Human Trafficking partners with Aloft Cleveland Downtown, Asian Services in Action (ASIA, Inc.), and LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland to host Manvendra Singh Gohil, the Crown Prince of Rajpipla on July 7th, 2022, during his visit to Ohio.
Gohil is joined by Harold D’Souza, a survivor of labor trafficking and debt bondage. The prince has made a name for himself working to advance LGBTQ+ rights worldwide. D’Souza, a member of the Collaborative’s Survivor Advisory Council, has dedicated his life to bringing awareness to human trafficking and supporting victims.
Gohil and D’Souza have joined forces to shed light on global issues many are unaware of: the intersection of human trafficking and vulnerabilities, particularly pertaining to members of the LGBTQ+ community and the international population in Northeast Ohio. Gohil and D’Souza will discuss their own experiences and powerful collaboration to address issues of LGBTQ+ and Human Trafficking worldwide.
“Human Trafficking is an issue in LGBTQ and foreign-born communities that has been invisible for far too long”, says Kirsti Mouncey, President & CEO at the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking. “We are very fortunate to have Gohil and D’Souza in Cleveland to discuss the complex nature of these intersecting identities”.
Intersectional Identities: LGBTQ+, Human Trafficking and the International Community, a community forum for the public, will be held at the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, 6705 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Register here: https://bit.ly/3brIfYZ
About Collaborative to End Human Trafficking: Since 2007, the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking has identified human trafficking as a prevalent, yet often unrecognized, issue in Northeast Ohio. The Collaborative equips diverse communities, businesses, non-profits, and governmental organizations with the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to address human trafficking. We provide leadership and expertise that empowers the community, making it easier to identify and support those impacted by the crime and to eradicate those factors that enable the crime.
About Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil: Manvendra Singh Gohil is the Crown Prince of Rajpipla. He is the first member of a royal family to openly come out as gay to the world. He is the Chairperson and Co-founder of Lakshya Trust dedicated towards Empowerment of LGBT community. He is also the Brand Ambassador of AIDS Healthcare Foundation India Cares, the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization for HIV testing and treatment.
About Harold D’Souza: Harold D’Souza is a survivor of labor trafficking and debt bondage in the U.S. He is the co-founder of Eyes Open International, a non-profit focused on developing prevention efforts through survivor-informed research. Mr. D’Souza is also an expert consultant to the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
Kirsti Mouncey, LISW-S, LCDCIII
Collaborative to End Human Trafficking