Initiative to Stop Human Trafficking creates the Sunny Dupree PAE award

December 1, 2008
by Ana Jatar, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Emphasizing their passion and commitment to peace and education, two extraordinary women, Kathryn Wasserman Davis and Sunny Dupree, Esq., have joined efforts to help in the struggle to stop human trafficking in the world. Through their generous support, the Carr Center's Initiative to Stop Human Trafficking at the John F. Kennedy School of Government will fund student research projects on human trafficking issues.

"More than twenty seven million people from Thailand to India to the United States are trapped in debt bondage or modern slavery," said Dupree. "I am convinced of the importance of engaging young minds in finding solutions to old problems in the world."

Dupree, an attorney who lives in Cambridge, is a former Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts State Attorney General's office and has done extensive pro bono work bringing people together through arts, education, conflict resolution and greater participation of women at all decision-making tables. "I am honored to support Harvard Kennedy School students in this initiative, and I thank my dear friend Kathryn for her generosity," she said.

Kathryn Wasserman Davis decided to celebrate her 100th birthday in February 2007 by committing one million dollars to encourage and support ideas that enhance global peace. Thirty-thousand dollars of those funds will be dedicated to supporting student research efforts at Harvard Kennedy School.

"I wanted to use my 100th birthday to help young people launch some immediate initiatives that will bring new thinking to the prospects of peace in the world," said Davis. It is to underscore this commitment to peace and to the young that Davis decided to support the Initiative to Stop Human Trafficking by funding students' research.

The Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) is a "thesis-like" project – focusing on real problems for real clients – that is a mandatory requirement for all Master in Public Policy students at Harvard Kennedy School. The funds will be extended over three years in support of graduate students for their PAEs beginning in fall 2008. Each of the awards will be named in honor of Sunny Dupree. The PAE final papers will be posted on the Carr Center website so their experience can be shared with other students and scholars.

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