About Dr. Boyd
Dr. Zhaleh Boyd is the founder of Zhaleh Solutions. Dr. Boyd is a humanist; her life revolves around loving humankind and learning all she can about it.
She graduated summa cum laude from Clark Atlanta University with a BA in English, then taught school for ten years in Atlanta, DC, and Seoul. She had begun doing individual outreach to people in Atlanta’s commercial sex industry when she was 18, and continued volunteering in this arena in DC and Seoul. While teaching in Seoul, she casually advised a number of diplomats and ambassadors on the realities of bride trafficking in South Korea and was encouraged by this group to transition into working full time in anti-trafficking.
In 2010, Zhaleh attended University of Southern California in Los Angeles to earn a Masters in Public Diplomacy with a focus in Human Trafficking. During her two years at USC, she served as Research Fellow in the Technology & Trafficking in Persons Initiative at the Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, where she collaborated with USC’s Information Sciences Institute to develop a program that can detect trafficking indicators on social media and online classifieds platforms. Her masters research explored the shifting notions of coercion and consent in various trafficking situations, and she conducted field research with sex trafficking survivors in Vietnam and labor trafficking survivors in Sierra Leone's diamond industry. During this time, she also worked as Director of Communications at Shine On Sierra Leone, an LA-based development organization that partners with villages in the Kono region of Sierra Leone on educational, agricultural, healthcare, and sustainable small business projects.
In 2012, Zhaleh moved to the UK to pursue a PhD in Contemporary Slavery at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) at the University of Hull. She was instrumental in establishing the WISE/Walk Free Research Centre, which provided the research and co-authoring of Walk Free’s 2013 and 2014 Global Slavery Indices. Her doctoral dissertation establishes a theoretical framework for 4 typologies of trafficker-victim relationships based on historical and socio-cultural contexts. While at WISE, Zhaleh served as Associate Fellow at University College of London's Institute for Commonwealth Studies and provided anti-trafficking consultation to several organizations, including Waitrose Supermarkets, PLAN International, DLA Piper, and BBC Radio.
In addition to running Zhaleh Solutions, Dr. Boyd is currently writing a series of novels on human trafficking that are both educational and entertaining.