Dr. Victor Joseph was born and raised in India. Immigrating to the United States in 1986,Dr. Joseph worked as a financial consultant on Wall Street. He completed his Master of Divinity at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY . He continued his education at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL, and received a masters in religious studies. He also completed his doctorate in leadership at AGTS. Dr. Joseph served as Professor of Intercultural Studies at Valley Forge Christian College, a position held from 1996-2006. He has also served as a guest speaker in seminars, conferences, and universities, and is the author of numerous articles.
Dr. Joseph has worked for more than seven years with the Office of Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State, Congress, and the White House as an advocate for religious freedom addressing the human rights issues in many nations including India. Currently, he serves as the Chairman for Governmental Affairs of the Federation of Indian American Christians of North America, which is based in Washington D.C. This organization promotes human rights and religious freedom in India and surrounding nations. Through this organization, he has worked with the U.S. Department of State and the Indian Government campaigning for religious liberty, human rights, freedom for the lowest caste, and community transformation. He has collaborated with various non-governmental organizations in India that address education, HIV /AIDS, poverty, human trafficking, and other human rights issues.
A letter from Victor Joseph:
I am writing to inform you about a just released study on the effects of human trafficking in India.
The study was funded by the John Templeton Foundation, and focused on trafficked victims between the ages of 14 and 22 who were sold into brothels. The research analyzed their psychological and emotional stages in a post-brothel setting, and also looked at the impact of forgiveness and futuremindedness on their lives.
With over 700,000 victims trafficked throughout the world each year, and with India serving as a major trafficking hub, psychological research on trafficked victims is an important tool for NGOs, universities, governments, and law enforcement personnel who work to not only tackle this global issue, but also help restore the lives of these traumatized victims. It is my privilege to feature this new August 2009 research publication on our website for your review.
Agape Research Foundation (ARF) is taking the lead to work with the Indian government and several NGOs who work in this field. We are committed to help eradicate this modern-day slavery, as well as to help in the recovery and reintegration of formerly trafficked victims back into society.
To this end, we are asking you to support the Victory Center, a new organization in Mumbai, India and made possible by ARF. The goal of this new center is to provide formal training to people working with NGOs in India about how to properly address the needs and possibilities for these victims, while also sheltering underage victims and providing them a holistic approach to healing and rehabilitation. There is an urgent need to have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of trafficked victims in India by developing this certified course to train and empower these committed people working with NGOs. When you read the enclosed report, I know you will be inspired by the possibilities for an educated team to give hope to these victims for a brighter future.
President, Agape Research Foundation