Founder of The Enitan Story, Bukola Oriola, Appointed to Serve on US Advisory Council on Human Trafficking

Bukola Oriola, founder of Minneapolis based non-profit organization, The Enitan Story, was appointed to serve on the US Advisory Council on Human Trafficking on December 21, 2015.

“I am honored that these talented individuals have decided to serve our country,” said President Barack Obama in a press release. “They bring their years of experience and expertise to this Administration, and I look forward to working with them.”

“I will like to commend the United States government,” said Oriola. “President Barack Obama and his team have listening ears. They maintained the position of power with such grace. Having power is not by oppressing the weak but by giving grace and opportunity to the weak. They took a great step to elevate those that have been trampled upon, beaten, battered, and hopeless, by giving them a historic platform to be part of the positive change in the community.”

The Entian Story provides services to victims and survivors of human trafficking. In September, Oriola and The Enitan Story spent ten days at Nigerian colleges during a tour dubbed “Bringing the Story Back Home.” The tour reached 20 million viewers worldwide and provided information on human trafficking. Likewise, the organization offers services, support and advocacy for victims and survivors of human trafficking across the nation.

Between 8 and 14 survivors of human trafficking were recommended by the National Survivor Network (NSN) a survivor led group with members of over 100 survivors in the United States to serve on the council. However, 11 survivors were appointed to serve a two year term, which is renewable. They come from diverse backgrounds, and will recommend ways the federal government can adapt their policies to serve victims and survivors of human trafficking. It was mandated under the Justice for Victims of Human Trafficking (JVTA) of 2015. The Human Trafficking Empowerment Act, part of the JVTA, affirms the need for survivor input in the development of policies.

 

Photo courtesy of North Metro TV: http://northmetrotv.com/bukola-oriola-receives-appointment-from-president-obama/

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