Minh Dang
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My mission in life is to live the values of
truth, love, and freedom
to fight for the humanity and dignity of all people
to seek full healing and push the bounds of freedom
to break the cycle of violence
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Minh Dang grew up in San Jose, California in a seemingly normal house with white quartz rocks and rosebushes in her front yard. But, behind closed doors, her parents were sexually abusing her and selling her to local brothels for over a decade. Breaking Free tells the story of Minh's torturous past and how, through strength and determination, Minh went from a voiceless victim of sexual slavery to an inspirational anti-trafficking advocate. She writes and speaks internationally about what it's like to be a survivor and on learning how to love fearlessly for the first time.


More About Minh Dang
Minh Dang, MSW is currently an independent consultant, trainer, and speaker on issues of human trafficking, leadership development, and social justice. She provides training and technical assistance to NGOs, universities, and government agencies across the country. Minh is a staunch advocate for survivors of child abuse and human trafficking and is developing strategies to support education, training, and leadership development for survivors.

Most recently, Minh was the Executive Director for Don't Sell Bodies (DSB), an anti-human trafficking initiative founded by Jada Pinkett Smith. With DSB, Minh helped launch the U.S. Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking with Senators Rob Portman and Richard Blumenthal. In May 2013, Minh was one of fifteen Asian American/Pacific Islander women recognized at the White House as a Champion of Change for her efforts to end human trafficking.

Minh is a ten-year veteran of the service-learning field and a two-time alum of UC Berkeley. She received her B.A. in Sociology in 2006 and her Masters in Social Welfare in 2013. Prior to graduate school, Minh coordinated the Bonner Leaders AmeriCorps Program at the UC Berkeley Public Service Center. She has served on the Board of Directors for Youth Engagement Advocacy Housing (YEAH) and The Norma J. Morris Center for Healing.

Minh is passionate about promoting the integration of individual and community healing. A true “love warrior,” as her friend calls her, Minh has traveled extensively telling her harrowing story of survival from child abuse and sexual slavery in the United States. Minh's story first reached the public domain in 2010 when MSNBC aired the documentary Sex Slaves in America: Minh's Story. The report aired just three years after Minh's daring escape, and since that time she has courageously addressed tens of thousands of concerned citizens to help prevent modern-day slavery in the United States.

The California Alumni Association honored Minh in March 2014 with the Mark Bingham Award for Excellence in Achievement by a Young Alumna. The Dang Fellowship for Human Rights was created at the UC Berkeley Public Service Center to honor her life's work, and to build and sustain anti-trafficking efforts at colleges and universities.

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The Minh Dang Fellowship for Human Rights empowers UC Berkeley students to eradicate all forms of slavery in the 21st Century.