Survivor Leader, Co-Founder
Eyes Open International
United States and India
UAS Survey Leader for
Labor Trafficking & Male Survivors Questions
Harold D'Souza is a survivor of labor trafficking and debt bondage in the United States of America. Originally from India, Harold is well educated and experienced in sales management. He has a Bachelor’s in Business and a Master’s of Commerce from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Harold stepped down from a senior management position in order to pursue the American Dream which 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 133 months, Harold was exploited at the hands of the human trafficker, losing his freedom and struggling to keep his family safe.
Today, Harold is a Survivor-Advocate and Public Speaker. His experience has given him a new purpose and meaning in life. Harold is the co-founder of Eyes Open International, a non-profit focused on developing prevention efforts through survivor informed research. He is a founding member (2008) of the National Survivor Network and CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking), sits on the Board of Directors for Justice at Last and is very active in local anti-trafficking organizations and efforts. 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. He is also an expert consultant to the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
Harold strives to be the voice of courage, hope, and freedom for trafficking victims. He has been invited to speak throughout the United States as well as in India, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. He has spoken at Harvard University and addressed the United Nations, highlighting the importance of recognizing and protecting vulnerable populations susceptible to trafficking. He is also currently working on a book titled Human Trafficking: A Frog in a Well. Harold believes in fixing the problem rather than the blame and believes 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".
Harold's two websites: Eyes Open International and Passion Talent.