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Colin Powell, MBA Biography

Former U.S. Secretary of State
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“As you know, a major factor behind trafficking is prostitution. And that is why we appreciate that your proposed legislation on victim assistance does not legalize the activities of the traffickers….

Governments working with each other, with their business sectors, and with NGOs will solve this problem, by both summoning compassion and by seeking justice. We have triumphed over inhumane and unfair practices before, and we can do it again if we take the lesson of these experiences. That lesson is clear: new norms are established only when responsible parties use their joint power to enforce them. Enforcement is the key. Good intention is not enough.”

Russian Trafficking in Persons Conference, Jan. 27, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Strategic Limited Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), 2005-present
  • U.S. Secretary of State, 2001-2005
  • Founding Chairman, America’s Promise, 1997-2001
  • Ronald Reagan Freedom Award, 1993
  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Department of Defense, 1989-1993
  • Legion of Merit Award, 1971
  • Legion of Merit Award, 1969
  • Purple Heart and the Bronze Star, 1963
  • Officer, U.S. Army, 1958-1993
  • Member, Board of Directors, United Negro College Fund
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Howard University
  • 2 Presidential Medals of Freedom
  • President’s Citizens Medal
  • Congressional Gold Medal
  • Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal
  • Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal
  • MBA, George Washington University, 1971
  • BS, Geology, City College of New York, 1958
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