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Dr. Nana Derby Receives Fulbright Scholar Grant

Published date: May 2, 2014

Virginia State University faculty member C. Nana Derby, Ph.D. has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant for the 2014-2015 academic year. Dr. Derby is an Associate Professor in VSU’s department of sociology, social work and criminal justice.  She will teach and conduct research from January 2015 through August 2015 on human trafficking, with a special focus on child domestic servitude in Nigeria.  “This is a great opportunity for to represent VSU in Africa and at the national level,” said Dr. Derby.  

Dr. Derby said the project’s long-term goals are the protection of vulnerable women and children and the prevention of trafficking and child domestic servitude in Ghana.  Project activities consist of a media campaign and partnerships with governmental and nongovernmental agencies to protect vulnerable women and children, prevent trafficking for purposes of domestic servitude and others and to collaborate with the police and courts to prosecute offenders.  She projects that 300 beneficiaries will be removed from servitude and reunited with their parents or families in their communities of origin, and subsequently enrolled in schools or some type of apprentice training to reduce their vulnerabilities to future trafficking and servitude. 

As a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Derby joins the ranks of distinguished scholars and professionals worldwide who are leaders in the educational, political, economic, social and cultural lives of their countries. Dr. Derby was selected, in part, because she demonstrated the qualities of excellence and leadership that have been the hallmarks of this respected international academic exchange program founded in 1946 by the U.S. Government.

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