Harold is a Survivor-Advocate and Public Speaker. His experience has given him a new purpose and meaning in life.
Harold D’Souza is a survivor of labor trafficking and debt bondage in the United States of America. He is the co-founder of Eyes Open International, a non-profit focused on developing prevention efforts through survivor informed research. Today, Eyes Open International is an inspiration worldwide, and Harold also sits on the Board of Directors for Justice at Last, as well as remaining active in local anti-trafficking organizations and efforts.
United States President Barack Obama appointed Harold to the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking in 2015, and he has continued his service under President Trump through July 2020. He is also an expert consultant to the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
Originally from India, Harold D’Souza is well educated and experienced in sales management. He has a Bachelors in Business and a Masters of Commerce from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Harold stepped down from a senior management position to pursue the American Dream he believed was within his reach. Harold came to the U. S. following the advice and encouragement of a man who would become his trafficker. For over 18 months, Harold was exploited at the hands of the human trafficker, losing his freedom and struggling to keep his family safe.
Harold strives to be the voice of courage, hope, and freedom for trafficking victims. He has been invited to speak throughout the United States and India, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. He has spoken at Harvard University and addressed the United Nations on the importance of recognizing and protecting vulnerable populations susceptible to trafficking.
In 2017 he was awarded both the Liberator Award and the iCan award for his activism and work with other survivors.
He has recently published a book titled Human Trafficking: A Frog in a Well and is currently working on releasing a biopic film. Harold believes in fixing the problem rather than blaming and thinks nothing is impossible if he stays focused on his mission. His favorite quotes include “I am a poor starter, but a strong finisher” and “Don’t worry, be happy.”
As of spring 2021, two different films are in creation telling Harold’s story.
To Be Free (in development) is the debut feature documentary film produced and directed by Benjamin Ryan Nathan and executive produced by Martin Sheen. The film shines a light on the pervasiveness of labor trafficking in the United States, how we can spot it in our neighborhoods, and the steps we can take to eradicate this form of modern-day slavery on a systematic level.
In addition, Silver Screen has a Biopic Film in progress by International Film Producers & Directors.
Details about both films will be posted on the Eyes Open International Website.