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Minh Dang

Doctoral Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Minh Dang is a Ph.D. Student in the School of Politics and International Relations studying the wellbeing of survivors of human trafficking and slavery. She is a member of the University of Nottingham's Rights Lab, where she launched Survivor Alliance, a leadership capacity-building organization for survivors of slavery and human trafficking. Minh is also Co-Principal Investigator for a community-based participatory research study, evaluating an anti-trafficking task force in San Francisco, CA. Minh often consults with key anti-slavery organizations and stakeholders, providing training, technical assistance, and program development support.

Minh also serves as an Advisory Board member for AnnieCannons, a U.S. based NGO that trains survivors of human trafficking to become software developers. She has served on the non-profit Boards of Youth, Engagement, Advocacy, Housing (YEAH!) and The Morris Center for Healing from Child Abuse, and was recently a Presidential Appointee under President Obama to the inaugural U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking from 2016 - 2017. In 2013, she was one of fifteen Asian Pacific Islander Women named a Champion of Change by President Barack Obama for her work to empower survivors of slavery and human trafficking.

Minh earned a B.A. in Sociology ('06) and Masters in Social Work ('13), with an emphasis on Community Mental Health, both from the University of California, Berkeley. She has also worked as a Student Services Coordinator for student leadership and service-learning programs, and briefly worked as IT Manager for a small consulting firm in Emeryville, CA.

Expertise Summary

  • Human trafficking and slavery
  • Mental health and trauma recovery
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Service-learning and leadership development

Research Summary

Minh's PhD research explores how survivors of slavery and human trafficking define wellbeing. She is interested in whether survivor definitions match the definitions used by governmental bodies and… read more

Dang, M. (in press). Confronting the paradoxes of higher education. In L. Sandmann and D. Jones (Eds.), Building the Field of Higher Education Engagement. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Dang, M. (2018). Survivors are speaking. Are we listening? In Walk Free Foundation, The Global Slavery Index 2018. Australia: The Minderoo Foundation Pty Ltd.

Dang, M. (2013). Open letter to the Anti-Trafficking Movement. In L. Murphy, Survivors of Slavery (xiii-xxii) [Foreword]. New York: Columbia University Press.

Nicholson, A., Trodd, Z., and Dang, M. (in press). A full freedom. Contemporary survivors' definition of slavery. Human Rights Law Review.

Current Research

Minh's PhD research explores how survivors of slavery and human trafficking define wellbeing. She is interested in whether survivor definitions match the definitions used by governmental bodies and social service providers. The discrepancy or alignment in definitions have implications for public resource distribution, effectiveness of interventions, and the quality of life for survivors of slavery and human trafficking.

Minh is also Co-Principal Investigator for a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) study funded by the United States National Institute of Justice. The study has two components: (1) a process and outcomes evaluation of the San Francisco Mayor's Anti-Trafficking Task Force (2) develop research infrastructure to support the inclusion of survivors of human trafficking at all levels of the research team. Initial study findings and reports can be found on the project website.

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