Kayla Williams, SIS/MA ’08
My experiences led me to advocate for increased visibility of female veterans.
After serving as an Arabic interpreter in Operation Iraqi Freedom for the US Army, I returned home to discover that people had no idea women were at war or in the military. This realization inspired me to champion the voices and needs of female veterans through activism and writing. I now direct the Center for Women Veterans at the US Department of Veterans Affairs, where I oversee health care, benefits, and a variety of programs for women who have served our country.
Davina Durgana, SIS/PhD ’15
I conduct empirical research to help human trafficking victims.
I develop statistical models that track the location and vulnerability of human trafficking victims. When I started in this field, many anti-trafficking efforts were based on anecdotal evidence, which made estimating the actual location and number of victims difficult. So I decided to use statistics to help understand the scope and scale of the problem and to help target intervention efforts. As part of my work at the Walk Free Foundation, I recently co-authored the Global Slavery Index, which measures human trafficking in countries across the globe.