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The D’Souza Family – Changing the World with Pride and Gratitude

The DSouza Family Changing the World with Pride and Gratitude
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The D’Souza Family – Changing the World

Cincinnati (OH):  As I reflect on Eyes Open International’s first-ever conference at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, I’m filled with profound pride and gratitude.

The event was not just a meeting; it was a vibrant gathering of minds united against the scourge of human trafficking, which continues to affect so many lives across the globe.

Our lineup of speakers, including Dr Kalyani Gopal, Linda Dixon, and Linda Powers, brought an incredible depth of knowledge and expertise to the discussions.

Each one, with their unique perspectives, helped paint a detailed picture of the challenges we face and the strategies we need to overcome them.

Dr Gopal’s passionate engagement, Linda Dixon’s incisive insights from her Department of Defense role, and Linda Powers’ sharp legal expertise were particularly enlightening.

One of the most touching parts of the conference was the session with my family, the D’Souza’s.

My parents’ journey through the dark world of labour trafficking is a story of both pain and resilience, and this was a chance for my brother Bradly and me to share how far our family has come, thanks to the incredible support we’ve received.

It was a deeply personal moment for us to reflect on our parents’ progress and discuss how we’ve grown together as a family through these challenges.

This session wasn’t just our story; it was a call to action, underlining the human element at the heart of this fight.

Woodrow “Woody” Keown, Jr., the President and CEO of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, provided more than just a venue for our event.

Under his leadership, the centre became a space that resonated with the historical and moral significance of our cause, adding a profound layer of meaning to our discussions.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s opening remarks showed what dedicated leadership looks like in the face of such global challenges.

So did Benjamin Nathan Ryan’s insightful lead into Martin Sheen’s documentary, “To Be Free”.

Dr Lara Wilken, Hriday Raval, Prince Manvendra, Larry Harte, Deepak Acharya, Dr Yvan, Shastriji Nayan Joshi, and Sr Therese, along with the rest of the board members were also honoured.

The outpouring of support from the community, viewers, and attendees has been truly inspiring.

It’s a powerful reminder of the vast network that Eyes Open International has built over the years, which is crucial for advancing our cause.

This community engagement reinforces the incredible strength that comes from our collective action.

Looking back on this event, I see it as a milestone for our organization and every individual and entity involved.

This conference laid a stronger foundation for our future initiatives, ensuring that our fight against human trafficking will continue with renewed vigour and deepened collaboration.

To everyone who participated, supported, and contributed in various ways—thank you. Your dedication is the driving force behind our shared mission to eradicate human trafficking.

Together, we stand united and strong, committed to moving forward with the resolve to secure freedom and dignity for all.



Authored by: Rohan D’Souza

Rohan D’Souza is the youngest Board Director of Eyes Open International, Tennis Pro, Sycamore High School Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee – 2024, Founder of two Start-up Companies and son of Harold and Dancy D’Souza.

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