BTR's Hope42Day interviews "Ambassadors of Hope" from across the globe, in other words, people who are up to good things and bringing inspiration into many lives in all manners of form and fashion from creating NGO's that feed the hungry to providing inspiration to the soul-hungry. Today, Hope42Day Host, Lynn Kindler interviews Legal Advocate and Human Trafficking Expert, Dottie Laster.
From listening to a speaker at a small Texas college to assisting with the current Long Island Serial Killer case seems like an unlikely path, but, for Dottie Laster, it became a moment of choice for her career when inspired by a speaker from the US State Department. She knew that by helping victims free themselves from slavery, she would find her greatest personal satisfaction. Studying in Budapest and Paris she was able to be in direct contact with individuals from war-torn countries and learned first-hand of the struggles against war in their homeland. Laster studied arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris,France and mediation at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. After graduating from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, her position with YMCA International in Houston afforded her the opportunity to meet victims of war and genocide and she was captivated by their urge to survive. She was appointed an original member of the U. S. Attorney's Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance, a human trafficking task force often noted as a model for the nation. As a part of this task force, she trained over 5,000 police officers and worked directly with adult and child victims.