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Hero Award, Dottie Laster

Dottie Laster Receives “Hero Award” From Youth For Human Rights International

In a world of turmoil it’s hard to discern our modern day heroes. Behind the headlines countless people quietly go about their missions. Combatting human trafficking, modern day slavery, has been the mission of Dottie Laster for over 10 years. A hero is defined as “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.”  Dottie Laster and her work to eradicate human trafficking are the epitome of this definition. On April 5, 2013 Dottie Laster was recognized and presented the “Hero Award” by Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, President, Youth for Human Rights International, in Washington, DC, for her continued determination to end human trafficking.  Youth for Human Rights International ( is the world’s largest nongovernmental human rights education program with the purpose of teaching youth the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and thereby making youth advocates for tolerance and peace. It is used by thousands of organizations and governments around the world. “These situations exist all over the world,” says Laster. “Trafficking involves compelled labor or service. You probably automatically think …