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Passing the Torch: Rohan D’Souza Speaks at Trafficking Symposium

Rohan D’Souza, Human Trafficking Symposium,
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‘Change your thinking, Change your life,’
The incredible testimony of Rohan D’Souza
youngest Board Director of Eyes Open International.

Brampton, Greater Toronto Area (GTA): Indus Community Services invited Rohan D’Souza as the Guest of Honour at the 2nd Human Trafficking Symposium: The Hidden Truth of Labour Trafficking organized at Speranza Banquet Hall in Brampton, Canada on February 16, 2024.

Reflecting on the Indus’ 2nd Annual Human Trafficking Symposium in Toronto, an event that not only highlighted the persistent issue of human trafficking but also showcased the power of collective effort and shared experiences.

This year’s symposium was particularly special for me, Rohan D’Souza, youngest Board Director of Eyes Open International,  as it marked the first time my father, Harold D’Souza, and I presented our story together—him digitally and myself in person. This dual perspective, bridging generations, brought to life the complex emotions and the legacy of resilience within families affected by trafficking.

The symposium stood out as a beacon of hope and collaboration, drawing together a diverse group of participants, including law enforcement, non-profits, and individuals with lived experiences. Among the highlights was the unveiling of the “Mobilizing Knowledge about Labour Trafficking to Strengthen Effective Response” toolkit.

This resource, available in six languages, is a testament to Indus’ commitment to providing comprehensive support to service providers and individuals navigating the aftermath of labor exploitation.

One of the most poignant moments came at the conclusion of our keynote speech. I referenced Carl Jung’s observation about children bearing the burden of their parents’ unfulfilled lives. Contrary to this, I shared how my parents, despite their struggles, taught us to focus on our blessings and to be grateful.

This legacy, rather than one of burden, is a torch passed forward, burning bright with hope and freedom. It’s a call to action for all of us, to recognize our potential and to ignite the flames of others whose lights have been dimmed by circumstances.

One of the most poignant moments came at the conclusion of our keynote speech. I referenced Carl Jung’s observation about children bearing the burden of their parents’ unfulfilled lives. Contrary to this, I shared how my parents, despite their struggles, taught us to focus on our blessings and to be grateful.

This legacy, rather than one of burden, is a torch passed forward, burning bright with hope and freedom. It’s a call to action for all of us, to recognize our potential and to ignite the flames of others whose lights have been dimmed by circumstances.

The toolkit developed by Indus, based on extensive research and feedback, is a critical step forward in this battle. It not only provides essential resources but also educates and empowers those at the frontline of support.

This initiative reflects a broader theme of the symposium: the merging of knowledge and action to create a more effective response to labor trafficking.

Networking opportunities, facilitated during breaks, were invaluable, allowing for the exchange of ideas and the strengthening of alliances. These interactions are the foundation of the collaborative approach needed to tackle such a complex issue.

The symposium provided a comprehensive view of human trafficking, blending local and international perspectives, and highlighting areas often overlooked or misunderstood. Indus’ efforts in creating a platform for such discussions are commendable, offering hope and tangible solutions to those affected.

In conclusion, the Indus’ 2nd Annual Human Trafficking Symposium was not just an event; it was a powerful statement on the resilience of the human spirit and the strength found in unity.

It reminded us of the ongoing struggles against labor trafficking but also showcased the progress we can achieve together. As someone deeply connected to this cause, I am inspired by the commitment shown by all participants and am hopeful for the future as we continue to work towards eradicating human trafficking, one step at a time.

 

Written by Rohan D’Souza

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