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Rising to the Occasion

Alexa Pham is using education to empower women to put an end to international sex trafficking.
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The issue of international human rights has always been of utmost importance to this administration. Last year, the Department of Justice, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security launched the Human Trafficking Enhanced Enforcement Initiative, which aims to "streamline federal criminal investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking offenses." This corollary to the DOJ's ongoing committment to regulating human trafficking has facilitated a thirty percent increase in prosecutions of forced labor and sex trafficking offenses.

However, we cannot fight this issue alone, which is why we rely on brave individuals like Alexa Pham to help us prevent the exploitation of young women around the globe. In this week's edition of "Women Working to Do Good," read about Alexa's efforts to empower women through education in order to bring about international justice. In the article, the author writes:

In February of 2011 Alexa launched Daughters Rising, a non-profit that works to prevent sex trafficking through education and empowerment. Working from organizations in New York and Cambodia, the greatest focus is on Thailand, which, with a 6% GDP from sex tourism, is the sex trade capitol of the world. Most of the girls and women are from small villages, undocumented, and aren’t citizens. “It makes the victims more invisible” says Alexa, who has a firm understanding of the social structure, history and culture that enables so many women to be vulnerable.

Alexa's work is brave and meaningful and we are grateful for her efforts. Find out how you can join Alexa and her fight against human trafficking at

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Ronnie Cho is an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement.