Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng is not just an educator and peace activist, she also happens to be the president’s half-sister. This week, she spoke at the Center for American Progress on human trafficking. The good doctor says that one of the solutions to the problem is to create “peace gardens” and “reflective spaces” to bring peace to those who are affected by human trafficking.
“My brother’s administration is committed to addressing this issue,” she said. ”But today I would like us to consider some grassroots, pro-active, preventative, and educational solutions.”
Dr. Soetoro-Ng was once a highschool teacher and university instructor in Obama’s home state of Hawaii.
She was born Maya Kassandra Soetoro in Jakarta, Indonesia and named after the poet, Maya Angelou. She has a PhD in International Comparative Education from The University of Hawaii. She wrote a children’s book, “Ladder to the Moon,” which she says was inspired by her mother and daughter.
She has been very supportive of her brother’s run for president. She took two months off to get on the road and campaign for him. Her husband, Konrad Ng, is a Chinese professor at The University of Hawaii.