Daniel Trust is a Rwandan Genocide Survivor, Youth Motivational Speaker and Human Rights Advocate. His survival story of the Rwandan Genocide and coming out story are experiences students and educators across the country will not soon forget. Daniel Trust became an orphan at age 5 in 1994 when he witnessed the killing of his mother, lost his father and two sisters during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide that killed approximately 1 million Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
By sharing his stories of overcoming adversity, and starting a new life in America at such a young age, Daniel has the innate ability to inspire students of all ages. He has taken his life experiences and used them as a stepping stone for new opportunities not only for himself but for the many students and educators he comes in contact with at his speaking engagements and workshops.
Today Daniel Trust is an advocate for human rights and the LGBT community. He travels the country sharing his survival story of the Rwandan genocide and coming out story with numerous students and community organizations. Through his charitable foundation, The Daniel Trust Foundation, he works to raise awareness on issues that affect orphaned children, LGBT Youth, and ways we can prevent and stop future genocides from happening.
Daniel Trust’s story has been featured in multiple media outlets including the New Haven Register, Hartford Courant, SCSU Alumni Magazine, Southern News, New Haven Magazine, Scholastic News, Charger Bulletin, on WNPR’s radio show Where We Live with John Dankosky and most recently made his TV debut on Connecticut Style.
Daniel holds a B.S. degree in business administration with a concentration in business management from Southern Connecticut State University. He has been invited to speak at varies schools including the University of Florida, University of Connecticut, University of New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University, Housatonic Community College, St. Joseph College, Darien High School, West Haven High School, Jonathan Law High School, Oxford High School, Durham Academy, Conard High School, Hall High School, Eli Whitney High School, Old Saybrook High School, Stone Academy, and many more high schools, and universities.