Minal Patel Davis

Minal Patel Davis: Minal serves as the Special Advisor to Mayor Sylvester Turner on Human Trafficking, Houston, TX; the 4th largest city in the U.S. Former Mayor Annise Parker appointed her to Houston’s human trafficking task force in August 2014 and then appointed her Chair of the task force now known as the Houston Area Council on Human Trafficking (HAC-HT) in January 2015. After 6 months as chair, Minal was appointed to her current position on June 29, 2015.  After hundreds of stakeholder conversations, Minal developed the City’s first anti-trafficking strategic plan which has been identified as the first comprehensive municipal response in the U.S. It aims to eliminate human trafficking by institutionalizing the city’s response, leveraging key city departments like the health department, coordinating funding and services, implementing HAC-HT initiatives and increasing awareness. Some plan highlights include successful passage of amendments to the massage establishment ordinance which increased police efficiencies. Minal also continues to manage the affairs of HAC-HT, a 42 member task force which has served as an incubator space for several creative ideas incorporated into the plan. Minal earned a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in English from New York University and a J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut. The complete strategic plan is available at humantraffickinghouston.org after 4/19/2016.

 

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