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Minh Dang

Ph.D. Student &
Executive Director, Survivor Alliance

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 will launch the 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 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. 


She 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.  From 2005 to 2011, Minh worked at the UC Berkeley Public Service Center, coordinating student leadership and service-learning programs, including the Bonner Leaders AmeriCorps Program. She took a break from social justice work from 2014 – 2017 to work as an IT Manager for a small consulting firm in Emeryville, CA


Practical Expertise

  • Wellbeing for survivors of human trafficking and slavery
  • Mental health and trauma recovery
  • Community-based participatory research


  • 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. (2017). Survivors’ Perceptions on the Definition of Slavery.  Manuscript in preparation.