On July 19, 2022, Irena Dawid-Olczyk, a member of the Alumni Association, but above all the head of the La Strada Foundation, was recognized as one of the heroes in the annual report of the US State Department on the fight against human trafficking: “Trafficing in Person Report 2022” .
During the ceremony in Washington, Irena received an award from Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, “in recognition of her extraordinary leadership in directly assisting victims of human trafficking” and “maintaining a strong relationship with the Polish Government to prevent the exploitation of refugees across the Polish-Ukraine border.”The award ceremony for Irena Dawid-Olczyk can be viewed on YouTube (14:41): https://youtu.be/TJJD-sTKMNU
Irena Dawid-Olczyk is the co-founder and president of the La Strada Foundation. Since 1995, he has been involved in preventing human trafficking in all its aspects, from prevention through lobbying to supporting victims.
Irena is also a member of the Alumni Association, as a participant in the IVLP program (2002).