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Adiba Umarova
Adiba Umarova

Tajikistan, Class of 2005

As a journalist in Tajikistan, Adiba Umarova was able to re-open a cold case which led to the arrest of a trafficking ringleader.

Adiba Umarova
Adiba Umarova

Tajikistan, Class of 2005

As a journalist in Tajikistan, Adiba Umarova was able to re-open a cold case which led to the arrest of a trafficking ringleader.

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Aida Abu Ras
Aida Abu Ras

Jordan, Class of 2009

Over 60,000 migrant women work in Jordan, primarily as domestics, and Aida Abu Ras founded the first NGO to help them.

Aida Abu Ras
Aida Abu Ras

Jordan, Class of 2009

Over 60,000 migrant women work in Jordan, primarily as domestics, and Aida Abu Ras founded the first NGO to help them.

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Aida Mbodj
Aida Mbodj

Senegal, Class of 2005

Aida Mbodj is a powerful politician in Senegal, well-respected and admired, who used her political power to combat human trafficking in the early part of the millennium.

Aida Mbodj
Aida Mbodj

Senegal, Class of 2005

Aida Mbodj is a powerful politician in Senegal, well-respected and admired, who used her political power to combat human trafficking in the early part of the millennium.

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Alice Nah
Alice Nah

Malaysia, Class of 2009

While working on her PhD Thesis, Alice Nah saw the plight of migrant workers in Malaysia.

Alice Nah
Alice Nah

Malaysia, Class of 2009

While working on her PhD Thesis, Alice Nah saw the plight of migrant workers in Malaysia.

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Ameena Saeed Hasan
Ameena Saeed Hasan

Iraq, Class of 2015

Ameena Saeed Hasan is a Yezidi Kurd, a minority group targeted by the extremist group ISIL. She has helped secure the release of over 100 captives.

Ameena Saeed Hasan
Ameena Saeed Hasan

Iraq, Class of 2015

Ameena Saeed Hasan is a Yezidi Kurd, a minority group targeted by the extremist group ISIL. She has helped secure the release of over 100 captives.

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Amela Efendic
Amela Efendic

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Class of 2011

Amela Efendic has worked for over a decade to assist victims of trafficking, and spread awareness throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Amela Efendic
Amela Efendic

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Class of 2011

Amela Efendic has worked for over a decade to assist victims of trafficking, and spread awareness throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Amod Kanth
Amod Kanth

India, Class of 2005

After witnessing the after-effects of a 1988 fire, Amod Kanth created the NGO Prayas, an organization for disenfranchised and distressed children in India.

Amod Kanth
Amod Kanth

India, Class of 2005

After witnessing the after-effects of a 1988 fire, Amod Kanth created the NGO Prayas, an organization for disenfranchised and distressed children in India.

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Anas Aremeyaw Anas
Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Ghana, Class of 2008

A secretive investigative Journalist from Ghana, Anas Aremeyaw Anas helped to bring down two major human trafficking rings in Ghana in 2007 and 2008.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas
Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Ghana, Class of 2008

A secretive investigative Journalist from Ghana, Anas Aremeyaw Anas helped to bring down two major human trafficking rings in Ghana in 2007 and 2008.

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Angelina Atyam
Angelina Atyam

Uganda, Class of 2005

Angelina Atyam’s fight to combat human trafficking was personal: the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) abducted her daughter.

Angelina Atyam
Angelina Atyam

Uganda, Class of 2005

Angelina Atyam’s fight to combat human trafficking was personal: the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) abducted her daughter.

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Anne Gallagher
Anne Gallagher

Worldwide, Class of 2012

Anne Gallagher is the leading global expert on the international law of human trafficking, and has worked for twenty years to combat this issue.

Anne Gallagher
Anne Gallagher

Worldwide, Class of 2012

Anne Gallagher is the leading global expert on the international law of human trafficking, and has worked for twenty years to combat this issue.

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Ansar Burney
Ansar Burney

Pakistan, Class of 2005

Ansar Burney began as a student activist in the 1970s, and has fought for justice and human rights ever since, including for the rights of children.

Ansar Burney
Ansar Burney

Pakistan, Class of 2005

Ansar Burney began as a student activist in the 1970s, and has fought for justice and human rights ever since, including for the rights of children.

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Azezet Habtezghi Kidane
Azezet Habtezghi Kidane

Israel, Class of 2012

Sister Azazet listened to countless of interviews, sensitively interacting with victims, to learn about trafficking in the Sinai.

Azezet Habtezghi Kidane
Azezet Habtezghi Kidane

Israel, Class of 2012

Sister Azazet listened to countless of interviews, sensitively interacting with victims, to learn about trafficking in the Sinai.

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Beatrice Jedy-Agba
Beatrice Jedy-Agba

Nigeria, Class of 2014

Beatrice Jedy-Agba is the Executive Secretary of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP) in Nigeria.

Beatrice Jedy-Agba
Beatrice Jedy-Agba

Nigeria, Class of 2014

Beatrice Jedy-Agba is the Executive Secretary of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP) in Nigeria.

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Benjamin Perrin
Benjamin Perrin

Canada, Class of 2009

First becoming involved in anti-human trafficking work in Cambodia led Benjamin Perrin to take the fight back to his home country of Canada.

Benjamin Perrin
Benjamin Perrin

Canada, Class of 2009

First becoming involved in anti-human trafficking work in Cambodia led Benjamin Perrin to take the fight back to his home country of Canada.

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Betty Pedraza Lozano
Betty Pedraza Lozano

Colombia, Class of 2015

Betty Pedraza Lozano is the founder and director of a Colombian NGO that provides victim services, spreads awareness, and encourages international cooperation.

Betty Pedraza Lozano
Betty Pedraza Lozano

Colombia, Class of 2015

Betty Pedraza Lozano is the founder and director of a Colombian NGO that provides victim services, spreads awareness, and encourages international cooperation.

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Bhanuja Sharan Lal
Bhanuja Sharan Lal

India, Class of 2014

Bhanuja Sharan Lal is the director of an NGO in Northern India, where he organizes communities, helps child labor survivors receive education, and assists rescues.

Bhanuja Sharan Lal
Bhanuja Sharan Lal

India, Class of 2014

Bhanuja Sharan Lal is the director of an NGO in Northern India, where he organizes communities, helps child labor survivors receive education, and assists rescues.

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Bhim Lama, Ganesh Shrestha, & Kumar Giri
Bhim Lama, Ganesh Shrestha, & Kumar Giri

Nepal, Class of 2008

The Esther Benjamin’s Memorial Foundation Rescue Team have liberated many Nepali girls from circus slavery in South Asia.

Bhim Lama, Ganesh Shrestha, & Kumar Giri
Bhim Lama, Ganesh Shrestha, & Kumar Giri

Nepal, Class of 2008

The Esther Benjamin’s Memorial Foundation Rescue Team have liberated many Nepali girls from circus slavery in South Asia.

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Bonnie Miller
Bonnie Miller

Greece, Class of 2004

Bonnie Miller tirelessly pursued cooperative efforts to combat modern-day slavery, raised awareness, and established resources.

Bonnie Miller
Bonnie Miller

Greece, Class of 2004

Bonnie Miller tirelessly pursued cooperative efforts to combat modern-day slavery, raised awareness, and established resources.

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Brother Xavier Plassat
Brother Xavier Plassat

Brazil, Class of 2010

Brother Xavier Plassat, a friar of the Dominican order, first came across forced labor practices after coming to Brazil in the 1980s.

Brother Xavier Plassat
Brother Xavier Plassat

Brazil, Class of 2010

Brother Xavier Plassat, a friar of the Dominican order, first came across forced labor practices after coming to Brazil in the 1980s.

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Catherine Groenendijk-Nabukwasi
Catherine Groenendijk-Nabukwasi

South Sudan, Class of 2015

Founder of Confident Children out of Conflict in South Sudan, she fights against child trafficking and exploitation.

Catherine Groenendijk-Nabukwasi
Catherine Groenendijk-Nabukwasi

South Sudan, Class of 2015

Founder of Confident Children out of Conflict in South Sudan, she fights against child trafficking and exploitation.

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Charimaya Tamang
Charimaya Tamang

Nepal, Class of 2011

Charimaya Tamang, a victim of sex trafficking, became the first to file a complaint with the district police.

Charimaya Tamang
Charimaya Tamang

Nepal, Class of 2011

Charimaya Tamang, a victim of sex trafficking, became the first to file a complaint with the district police.

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Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews
Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews

Trinidad and Tobago, Class of 2014

Ms. Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews is the Director of Trinidad and Tobago's anti-trafficking body, and has shaped policy and legislation at a high level.

Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews
Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews

Trinidad and Tobago, Class of 2014

Ms. Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews is the Director of Trinidad and Tobago's anti-trafficking body, and has shaped policy and legislation at a high level.

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Chief Togbega Hadjor
Chief Togbega Hadjor

Ghana, Class of 2004

Chief Togbega Hadjor is chief over the region which includes the infamous Lake Volta, where young boys are sold as slaves to fishermen.

Chief Togbega Hadjor
Chief Togbega Hadjor

Ghana, Class of 2004

Chief Togbega Hadjor is chief over the region which includes the infamous Lake Volta, where young boys are sold as slaves to fishermen.

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Christine Sabiyumva
Christine Sabiyumva

Burundi, Class of 2010

The first woman to become an army officer in Burundi, Ms. Sabiyumva has taken a stand against the sexual exploitation of children.

Christine Sabiyumva
Christine Sabiyumva

Burundi, Class of 2010

The first woman to become an army officer in Burundi, Ms. Sabiyumva has taken a stand against the sexual exploitation of children.

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Darlene Pajarito
Darlene Pajarito

Philippines, Class of 2011

Despite juggling an average case-load of 300 criminal cases, Prosecutor Darlene Pajarito has still managed to bring traffickers to justice.

Darlene Pajarito
Darlene Pajarito

Philippines, Class of 2011

Despite juggling an average case-load of 300 criminal cases, Prosecutor Darlene Pajarito has still managed to bring traffickers to justice.

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David and Julie Brown
David and Julie Brown

Morocco, Class of 2008

During their time in Morocco with the French Protestant Church, David and Julie Brown worked to help migrants and trafficking victims from all over Africa.

David and Julie Brown
David and Julie Brown

Morocco, Class of 2008

During their time in Morocco with the French Protestant Church, David and Julie Brown worked to help migrants and trafficking victims from all over Africa.

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Dewi Hughes (Desak Made Hughesia Dewi)
Dewi Hughes (Desak Made Hughesia Dewi)

Indonesia, Class of 2005

A television personality, Dewi Hughes became the spokesperson for a Campaign to Eliminate the Trafficking of Indonesian Women and Children.

Dewi Hughes (Desak Made Hughesia Dewi)
Dewi Hughes (Desak Made Hughesia Dewi)

Indonesia, Class of 2005

A television personality, Dewi Hughes became the spokesperson for a Campaign to Eliminate the Trafficking of Indonesian Women and Children.

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Dilcya Garcia Espinosa De Los Monteros
Dilcya Garcia Espinosa De Los Monteros

Mexico, Class of 2011

She secured the first conviction for Trafficking in Persons in Mexico, a landmark in their fight against modern-day slavery.

Dilcya Garcia Espinosa De Los Monteros
Dilcya Garcia Espinosa De Los Monteros

Mexico, Class of 2011

She secured the first conviction for Trafficking in Persons in Mexico, a landmark in their fight against modern-day slavery.

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Dr. Sunitha Krishnan
Dr. Sunitha Krishnan

India, Class of 2009

Sunitha Krishnan, herself a survivor of sexual violence, co-founded the organization Prajwala to help create a pipeline out of the sex trade.

Dr. Sunitha Krishnan
Dr. Sunitha Krishnan

India, Class of 2009

Sunitha Krishnan, herself a survivor of sexual violence, co-founded the organization Prajwala to help create a pipeline out of the sex trade.

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Elisabeth Sioufi
Elisabeth Sioufi

Lebanon, Class of 2014

Elisabeth Sioufi, a lawyer, was incredibly influential in forming and drafting Lebanon’s anti-trafficking policy and legislation, and provides training on the laws of human trafficking.

Elisabeth Sioufi
Elisabeth Sioufi

Lebanon, Class of 2014

Elisabeth Sioufi, a lawyer, was incredibly influential in forming and drafting Lebanon’s anti-trafficking policy and legislation, and provides training on the laws of human trafficking.

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Elly Anita
Elly Anita

Indonesia, Class of 2009

After a horrific ordeal at the hands of a fraudulent recruitment company in Iraq, Elly Anita joined the NGO Migrant Care.

Elly Anita
Elly Anita

Indonesia, Class of 2009

After a horrific ordeal at the hands of a fraudulent recruitment company in Iraq, Elly Anita joined the NGO Migrant Care.

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Emma Skjonsby Manousaridis
Emma Skjonsby Manousaridis

Greece, Class of 2008

Brandishing kindness, tea, candles, and whatever else available, Ms. Skjonsby and her team would approach Greek brothels in order to help victims.

Emma Skjonsby Manousaridis
Emma Skjonsby Manousaridis

Greece, Class of 2008

Brandishing kindness, tea, candles, and whatever else available, Ms. Skjonsby and her team would approach Greek brothels in order to help victims.

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Esme Kisting
Esme Kisting

Namibia, Class of 2011

Working with sex trafficking victims in Namibia, Esme Kisting provides them with housing, an income, and a chance at a life.

Esme Kisting
Esme Kisting

Namibia, Class of 2011

Working with sex trafficking victims in Namibia, Esme Kisting provides them with housing, an income, and a chance at a life.

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Esohe Aghatise
Esohe Aghatise

Italy, Class of 2007

Dr. Esohe Aghatise, an international lawyer, began working to help women who had been trafficked in 1998 when she founded her organization: IROKO.

Esohe Aghatise
Esohe Aghatise

Italy, Class of 2007

Dr. Esohe Aghatise, an international lawyer, began working to help women who had been trafficked in 1998 when she founded her organization: IROKO.

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Eva Biaudet
Eva Biaudet

Finland, Class of 2011

A familiar face in Finnish politics for twenty years, Eva Biaudet, as the Ombudsman for Minorities, advocates for better responses to trafficking.

Eva Biaudet
Eva Biaudet

Finland, Class of 2011

A familiar face in Finnish politics for twenty years, Eva Biaudet, as the Ombudsman for Minorities, advocates for better responses to trafficking.

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Ganbayasgakh Geleg
Ganbayasgakh Geleg

Mongolia, Class of 2010

The founder of the Mongolian Gender Equality Center, Ganbayasgakh Geleg has been helping victims of trafficking since 2002.

Ganbayasgakh Geleg
Ganbayasgakh Geleg

Mongolia, Class of 2010

The founder of the Mongolian Gender Equality Center, Ganbayasgakh Geleg has been helping victims of trafficking since 2002.

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Gary Haugen
Gary Haugen

United States of America, Class of 2012

When Gary Haugen created IJM in 1997, he was one of the first to recognize a world-wide problem: human trafficking.

Gary Haugen
Gary Haugen

United States of America, Class of 2012

When Gary Haugen created IJM in 1997, he was one of the first to recognize a world-wide problem: human trafficking.

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George Vanikiotis
George Vanikiotis

Greece, Class of 2009

Major George Vanikiotis of the Hellenic Police has been an incredible asset to anti-trafficking activists in Greece.

George Vanikiotis
George Vanikiotis

Greece, Class of 2009

Major George Vanikiotis of the Hellenic Police has been an incredible asset to anti-trafficking activists in Greece.

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Gilbert Munda
Gilbert Munda

Democratic Republic of Congo, Class of 2014

A former orphan himself, Gilbert Munda cares for children in vulnerable situations, specializing in those coming out of labor in armed conflicts.

Gilbert Munda
Gilbert Munda

Democratic Republic of Congo, Class of 2014

A former orphan himself, Gilbert Munda cares for children in vulnerable situations, specializing in those coming out of labor in armed conflicts.

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Gita Miruškina
Gita Miruškina

Latvia, Class of 2015

Ms. Miruškina is the lawyer for a Latvian NGO that provides critical services and runs Latvia's human trafficking hotline.

Gita Miruškina
Gita Miruškina

Latvia, Class of 2015

Ms. Miruškina is the lawyer for a Latvian NGO that provides critical services and runs Latvia's human trafficking hotline.

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Guy Jacobson & Adi Ezroni
Guy Jacobson & Adi Ezroni

Cambodia, Class of 2008

In 2004, Guy Jacobson, a lawyer, and Adi Ezroni, an Israeli Actress, founded the Redlight Children Campaign to combat child sex trafficking.

Guy Jacobson & Adi Ezroni
Guy Jacobson & Adi Ezroni

Cambodia, Class of 2008

In 2004, Guy Jacobson, a lawyer, and Adi Ezroni, an Israeli Actress, founded the Redlight Children Campaign to combat child sex trafficking.

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Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden
Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden

Sweden, Class of 2005

Queen Silvia was the Patron of the First World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of children, held in 1996 in Stockholm.

Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden
Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden

Sweden, Class of 2005

Queen Silvia was the Patron of the First World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of children, held in 1996 in Stockholm.

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Honorable Francisco Sierra
Honorable Francisco Sierra

Japan, Class of 2004

As the Ambassador from Colombia to Japan, the Honorable Francisco Sierra was able to address a unique problem: people who were being trafficked from Colombia to Japan.

Honorable Francisco Sierra
Honorable Francisco Sierra

Japan, Class of 2004

As the Ambassador from Colombia to Japan, the Honorable Francisco Sierra was able to address a unique problem: people who were being trafficked from Colombia to Japan.

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Iana Matei
Iana Matei

Romania, Class of 2006

Dedicating her time, her money, and her effort, Iana Matei operated for many years what was the only shelter in Romania for victims of human trafficking.

Iana Matei
Iana Matei

Romania, Class of 2006

Dedicating her time, her money, and her effort, Iana Matei operated for many years what was the only shelter in Romania for victims of human trafficking.

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Inacio Sebastiao Mussanhe
Inacio Sebastiao Mussanhe

Mozambique, Class of 2009

Hearing that girls from his home country of Mozambique were being enslaved in Pretoria, Inacio Sebastiao Mussanhe took action.

Inacio Sebastiao Mussanhe
Inacio Sebastiao Mussanhe

Mozambique, Class of 2009

Hearing that girls from his home country of Mozambique were being enslaved in Pretoria, Inacio Sebastiao Mussanhe took action.

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Ippei Torii
Ippei Torii

Japan, Class of 2013

Ippei Torii, the Secretary General of the Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan, has provided assistance to thousands of workers.

Ippei Torii
Ippei Torii

Japan, Class of 2013

Ippei Torii, the Secretary General of the Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan, has provided assistance to thousands of workers.

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Irene Fernandez
Irene Fernandez

Malaysia, Class of 2006

The late Irene Fernandez was a well-known activist and advocate in Malaysia, supporting the rights of women, and the rights of Migrant workers, for decades.

Irene Fernandez
Irene Fernandez

Malaysia, Class of 2006

The late Irene Fernandez was a well-known activist and advocate in Malaysia, supporting the rights of women, and the rights of Migrant workers, for decades.

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Irén Ádámné Dunai
Irén Ádámné Dunai

Hungary, Class of 2010

A government official,Irén Ádámné Dunai has diligently networked between agencies to provide shelter, open a crisis hotline, and set up a shelter referral service.

Irén Ádámné Dunai
Irén Ádámné Dunai

Hungary, Class of 2010

A government official,Irén Ádámné Dunai has diligently networked between agencies to provide shelter, open a crisis hotline, and set up a shelter referral service.

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Javier Antonio Morazan & Juan Victoriano Ruiz
Javier Antonio Morazan & Juan Victoriano Ruiz

Nicaragua, Class of 2013

Javier A. Morazan, a public prosecutor, and Juan V. Ruiz, a police officer, have created an incredibly effective prosecutorial and investigative team.

Javier Antonio Morazan & Juan Victoriano Ruiz
Javier Antonio Morazan & Juan Victoriano Ruiz

Nicaragua, Class of 2013

Javier A. Morazan, a public prosecutor, and Juan V. Ruiz, a police officer, have created an incredibly effective prosecutorial and investigative team.

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Jean Claude Mbvoumin
Jean Claude Mbvoumin

France, Class of 2008

After retiring from a successful soccer (football) career, Jean Claude Mbvoumin made it his mission to help African victims of fraudulent football recruiting.

Jean Claude Mbvoumin
Jean Claude Mbvoumin

France, Class of 2008

After retiring from a successful soccer (football) career, Jean Claude Mbvoumin made it his mission to help African victims of fraudulent football recruiting.

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Jeanette Richardson-Baars
Jeanette Richardson-Baars

Aruba, Class of 2012

The Deputy Police Commissioner of Aruba, Jeanette Richardson-Baars has taken steps to help victims, and to build awareness of human trafficking.

Jeanette Richardson-Baars
Jeanette Richardson-Baars

Aruba, Class of 2012

The Deputy Police Commissioner of Aruba, Jeanette Richardson-Baars has taken steps to help victims, and to build awareness of human trafficking.

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Jhinna Pinchi
Jhinna Pinchi

Peru, Class of 2014

Jhinna Pinchi survived being trafficked for sexual exploitation, and took her traffickers to court in Peru. Two of the three are now in prison.

Jhinna Pinchi
Jhinna Pinchi

Peru, Class of 2014

Jhinna Pinchi survived being trafficked for sexual exploitation, and took her traffickers to court in Peru. Two of the three are now in prison.

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Kailash Satyarthi
Kailash Satyarthi

India, Class of 2007

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi has freed an estimated 83,000 children from forced and bonded labor since the 1980s.

Kailash Satyarthi
Kailash Satyarthi

India, Class of 2007

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi has freed an estimated 83,000 children from forced and bonded labor since the 1980s.

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Kari Siddamma
Kari Siddamma

India, Class of 2006

Ms. Siddamma engages in grassroots community organizing in Tamil Nadu with the Irula caste, freeing many from bonded labor and generational slavery.

Kari Siddamma
Kari Siddamma

India, Class of 2006

Ms. Siddamma engages in grassroots community organizing in Tamil Nadu with the Irula caste, freeing many from bonded labor and generational slavery.

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Katrin Gluic
Katrin Gluic

Croatia, Class of 2013

As a Chief Police Inspector with the Croatian Police, Katrin Gluic has prosecuted traffickers, assisted victims, and educated other law enforcement professionals.

Katrin Gluic
Katrin Gluic

Croatia, Class of 2013

As a Chief Police Inspector with the Croatian Police, Katrin Gluic has prosecuted traffickers, assisted victims, and educated other law enforcement professionals.

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Kristina Misiniene
Kristina Misiniene

Lithuania, Class of 2006

A social worker in Lithuania, Kristina Misiniene has tirelessly pursued support for victims, coordinated awareness campaigns, and facilitated cooperation.

Kristina Misiniene
Kristina Misiniene

Lithuania, Class of 2006

A social worker in Lithuania, Kristina Misiniene has tirelessly pursued support for victims, coordinated awareness campaigns, and facilitated cooperation.

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Kyai Husein Muhammad
Kyai Husein Muhammad

Indonesia, Class of 2006

The Principal of a large Islamic School in Indonesia, Kyai Husein Muhammad ran an extensive media campaign against human trafficking.

Kyai Husein Muhammad
Kyai Husein Muhammad

Indonesia, Class of 2006

The Principal of a large Islamic School in Indonesia, Kyai Husein Muhammad ran an extensive media campaign against human trafficking.

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Laura Anyola Tufon
Laura Anyola Tufon

Cameroon, Class of 2013

As the Northwest Regional Coordinator for the Justice and Peace Service in Cameroon, Laura Anyola Tufon has targeted child and forced labor.

Laura Anyola Tufon
Laura Anyola Tufon

Cameroon, Class of 2013

As the Northwest Regional Coordinator for the Justice and Peace Service in Cameroon, Laura Anyola Tufon has targeted child and forced labor.

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Laura Germino
Laura Germino

United States of America, Class of 2010

Working with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Laura Germino began fighting against modern-day slavery in the Tomato picking industry.

Laura Germino
Laura Germino

United States of America, Class of 2010

Working with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Laura Germino began fighting against modern-day slavery in the Tomato picking industry.

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Leonel Dubon
Leonel Dubon

Guatemala, Class of 2011

A heart for children and a tireless devotion has kept Mr. Leonel Dubon providing aftercare services to trafficked and at-risk youth for years.

Leonel Dubon
Leonel Dubon

Guatemala, Class of 2011

A heart for children and a tireless devotion has kept Mr. Leonel Dubon providing aftercare services to trafficked and at-risk youth for years.

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Linda Al-Kalash
Linda Al-Kalash

Jordan, Class of 2010

Whether it is bringing cases to court, or providing basic legal assistance, Linda Al-Kalash and her NGO fight against forced labor.

Linda Al-Kalash
Linda Al-Kalash

Jordan, Class of 2010

Whether it is bringing cases to court, or providing basic legal assistance, Linda Al-Kalash and her NGO fight against forced labor.

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Lucy Blacio
Lucy Blacio

Ecuador, Class of 2007

As a prosecutor in Ecuador, Lucy Blacio courageously pursued the first cases to be prosecuted under Ecuador’s anti-human trafficking statutes.

Lucy Blacio
Lucy Blacio

Ecuador, Class of 2007

As a prosecutor in Ecuador, Lucy Blacio courageously pursued the first cases to be prosecuted under Ecuador’s anti-human trafficking statutes.

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Lydia Cacho Ribeiro
Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

Mexico, Class of 2007

A journalist in Mexico, Ms. Ribeiro first became involved with anti-trafficking work in 2000, when she opened a high security shelter for women and children.

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro
Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

Mexico, Class of 2007

A journalist in Mexico, Ms. Ribeiro first became involved with anti-trafficking work in 2000, when she opened a high security shelter for women and children.

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Major D. Tumenbayar
Major D. Tumenbayar

Mongolia, Class of 2008

A high-ranking Police Officer in the South of Mongolia, Major Tumenbayar has been crucial to the fight against cross-border human trafficking.

Major D. Tumenbayar
Major D. Tumenbayar

Mongolia, Class of 2008

A high-ranking Police Officer in the South of Mongolia, Major Tumenbayar has been crucial to the fight against cross-border human trafficking.

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Manuel Capellin
Manuel Capellin

Honduras, Class of 2008

In 1992, Manuel Capellin joined Covenant House’s Casa Alianza Honduras, and began caring for street youth, homeless children, and victims of trafficking.

Manuel Capellin
Manuel Capellin

Honduras, Class of 2008

In 1992, Manuel Capellin joined Covenant House’s Casa Alianza Honduras, and began caring for street youth, homeless children, and victims of trafficking.

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Marcelo Colombo
Marcelo Colombo

Argentina, Class of 2012

Marcelo Colombo is the head prosecutor in Argentina for trafficking cases. His dedicated efforts makes sure traffickers face justice.

Marcelo Colombo
Marcelo Colombo

Argentina, Class of 2012

Marcelo Colombo is the head prosecutor in Argentina for trafficking cases. His dedicated efforts makes sure traffickers face justice.

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Maria Grazia Giammarinaro
Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

Italy, Class of 2012

The OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro has transformed their efforts.

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro
Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

Italy, Class of 2012

The OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro has transformed their efforts.

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Marietta Dias
Marietta Dias

Bahrain, Class of 2008

After retiring from the Airline industry, Marietta Dias devoted her life to helping fight for the rights of migrant workers in Bahrain.

Marietta Dias
Marietta Dias

Bahrain, Class of 2008

After retiring from the Airline industry, Marietta Dias devoted her life to helping fight for the rights of migrant workers in Bahrain.

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Mariliana Morales Berrios
Mariliana Morales Berrios

Costa Rica, Class of 2009

In 1997, Ms. Berrios created the Rahab Foundation. Since then, she has helped over 7000 women and girl victims of trafficking.

Mariliana Morales Berrios
Mariliana Morales Berrios

Costa Rica, Class of 2009

In 1997, Ms. Berrios created the Rahab Foundation. Since then, she has helped over 7000 women and girl victims of trafficking.

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Marilyn Carlson Nelson
Marilyn Carlson Nelson

United States of America, Class of 2004

Marilyn Carlson Nelson, CEO of Carlson Companies, has been a role model for promoting social corporate accountability.

Marilyn Carlson Nelson
Marilyn Carlson Nelson

United States of America, Class of 2004

Marilyn Carlson Nelson, CEO of Carlson Companies, has been a role model for promoting social corporate accountability.

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Mohammed Bassam Al-Nasseri
Mohammed Bassam Al-Nasseri

Iraq, Class of 2013

An officer with the International Organization for Migration in Iraq, Mohammed Bassam Al-Nasseri has shaped policy and advocate for victims.

Mohammed Bassam Al-Nasseri
Mohammed Bassam Al-Nasseri

Iraq, Class of 2013

An officer with the International Organization for Migration in Iraq, Mohammed Bassam Al-Nasseri has shaped policy and advocate for victims.

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Monica Boseff
Monica Boseff

Romania, Class of 2014

Monica Boseff opened the only emergency shelter in Bucharest, Romania, in 2012, and continues to provide support to victims.

Monica Boseff
Monica Boseff

Romania, Class of 2014

Monica Boseff opened the only emergency shelter in Bucharest, Romania, in 2012, and continues to provide support to victims.

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Moses Binoga
Moses Binoga

Uganda, Class of 2015

Moses Binoga leads a government task force in Uganda to combat modern-slavery. He actively advocates for better policies and cooperation.

Moses Binoga
Moses Binoga

Uganda, Class of 2015

Moses Binoga leads a government task force in Uganda to combat modern-slavery. He actively advocates for better policies and cooperation.

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Moussa Sow
Moussa Sow

Senegal, Class of 2006

Moussa Sow, once a street child himself, fights for street children in Senegal, providing support, services, and, when possible, reuniting them with their families.

Moussa Sow
Moussa Sow

Senegal, Class of 2006

Moussa Sow, once a street child himself, fights for street children in Senegal, providing support, services, and, when possible, reuniting them with their families.

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Nancy Kassebaum
Nancy Kassebaum

Japan, Class of 2005

After she completed several successful Senate terms, Nancy Kassebaum accompanied her husband to Japan, where he served as the United States Ambassador.

Nancy Kassebaum
Nancy Kassebaum

Japan, Class of 2005

After she completed several successful Senate terms, Nancy Kassebaum accompanied her husband to Japan, where he served as the United States Ambassador.

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Natalia Abdullayeva
Natalia Abdullayeva

Uzbekistan, Class of 2010

Specializing in spreading awareness, Natalia Abdullayeva works to make sure the labor force of Uzbekistan remains informed about trafficking.

Natalia Abdullayeva
Natalia Abdullayeva

Uzbekistan, Class of 2010

Specializing in spreading awareness, Natalia Abdullayeva works to make sure the labor force of Uzbekistan remains informed about trafficking.

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Nirmala Bonat
Nirmala Bonat

Indonesia, Class of 2008

A domestic worker from Indonesia, Nirmala Bonat suffered at the hands of her employers, until she brought them to court.

Nirmala Bonat
Nirmala Bonat

Indonesia, Class of 2008

A domestic worker from Indonesia, Nirmala Bonat suffered at the hands of her employers, until she brought them to court.

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Nodira Karimova
Nodira Karimova

Uzbekistan, Class of 2006

Nodira Karimova worked with IOM, as the regional coordinator for a project combating human trafficking, and also founded her own NGO: Istiqbolli Avlod.

Nodira Karimova
Nodira Karimova

Uzbekistan, Class of 2006

Nodira Karimova worked with IOM, as the regional coordinator for a project combating human trafficking, and also founded her own NGO: Istiqbolli Avlod.

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Norotiana Ramboarivelo Jeannoda
Norotiana Ramboarivelo Jeannoda

Madagascar, Class of 2015

Norotiana Jeannoda is an incredible civil society advocate in Madagascar, helping victims and changing policy.

Norotiana Ramboarivelo Jeannoda
Norotiana Ramboarivelo Jeannoda

Madagascar, Class of 2015

Norotiana Jeannoda is an incredible civil society advocate in Madagascar, helping victims and changing policy.

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Parosha Chandran
Parosha Chandran

United Kingdom, Class of 2015

Parosha Chandran is a human rights lawyer who operates out the UK. Both a cutting edge policymaker, and a practicing attorney, she has helped victims to seek justice in the courts.

Parosha Chandran
Parosha Chandran

United Kingdom, Class of 2015

Parosha Chandran is a human rights lawyer who operates out the UK. Both a cutting edge policymaker, and a practicing attorney, she has helped victims to seek justice in the courts.

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Patience Quaye
Patience Quaye

Ghana, Class of 2007

Patience Quaye joined the Ghana Police Service in 1977, and now serves as the Director of its Anti-Human Trafficking Unit.

Patience Quaye
Patience Quaye

Ghana, Class of 2007

Patience Quaye joined the Ghana Police Service in 1977, and now serves as the Director of its Anti-Human Trafficking Unit.

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Paul Holmes
Paul Holmes

United Kingdom, Class of 2013

A world-renowned expert on human trafficking, and an ex-Scotland yard detective, Paul Holmes trains and educates about policing human trafficking.

Paul Holmes
Paul Holmes

United Kingdom, Class of 2013

A world-renowned expert on human trafficking, and an ex-Scotland yard detective, Paul Holmes trains and educates about policing human trafficking.

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Philip Hyldgaard
Philip Hyldgaard

Greece, Class of 2012

Philip Hyldgaard, Executive Director of The A21 Campaign, helped establish the organization's first office in Greece, and opened their first shelter.

Philip Hyldgaard
Philip Hyldgaard

Greece, Class of 2012

Philip Hyldgaard, Executive Director of The A21 Campaign, helped establish the organization's first office in Greece, and opened their first shelter.

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Pierre Tami
Pierre Tami

Cambodia, Class of 2004

From despair to hope—Pierre Tami in Cambodia helps to regain dignity for the abused, vulnerable and jobless through social empowerment.

Pierre Tami
Pierre Tami

Cambodia, Class of 2004

From despair to hope—Pierre Tami in Cambodia helps to regain dignity for the abused, vulnerable and jobless through social empowerment.

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Rahel Gershuni (Rachel Gershoni)
Rahel Gershuni (Rachel Gershoni)

Israel, Class of 2006

Rahel Gershuni, Israel's National Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, began coordinating government efforts informally, and then was given her present position.

Rahel Gershuni (Rachel Gershoni)
Rahel Gershuni (Rachel Gershoni)

Israel, Class of 2006

Rahel Gershuni, Israel's National Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, began coordinating government efforts informally, and then was given her present position.

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Raimi Vincent Paraiso
Raimi Vincent Paraiso

Republic of Congo, Class of 2012

Raimi Vincent Paraiso works in the Congo to assist victims of trafficking, especially children.

Raimi Vincent Paraiso
Raimi Vincent Paraiso

Republic of Congo, Class of 2012

Raimi Vincent Paraiso works in the Congo to assist victims of trafficking, especially children.

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Reverend Peter Nguyen Van Hung
Reverend Peter Nguyen Van Hung

Taiwan, Class of 2006

Peter Nguyen Van Hung came to Taiwan first in 1988 as a missionary, and now fights for Vietnamese women and workers who have been trafficked.

Reverend Peter Nguyen Van Hung
Reverend Peter Nguyen Van Hung

Taiwan, Class of 2006

Peter Nguyen Van Hung came to Taiwan first in 1988 as a missionary, and now fights for Vietnamese women and workers who have been trafficked.

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Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin

United States of America, Class of 2005

An international superstar, Ricky Martin and his foundation, created in 2000, have been extensively involved in anti-trafficking work.

Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin

United States of America, Class of 2005

An international superstar, Ricky Martin and his foundation, created in 2000, have been extensively involved in anti-trafficking work.

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Sara Susana Del Valle Trimarco De Veron
Sara Susana Del Valle Trimarco De Veron

Argentina, Class of 2007

Her own daughter kidnapped and trafficked, Susana Trimarco began searching for her and rescuing other victims of trafficking.

Sara Susana Del Valle Trimarco De Veron
Sara Susana Del Valle Trimarco De Veron

Argentina, Class of 2007

Her own daughter kidnapped and trafficked, Susana Trimarco began searching for her and rescuing other victims of trafficking.

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Sattaru Umapathi
Sattaru Umapathi

India, Class of 2010

A Policeman in Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Sattaru Umapathi has rescued victims, prosecuted traffickers, and worked extensively with local NGOs.

Sattaru Umapathi
Sattaru Umapathi

India, Class of 2010

A Policeman in Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Sattaru Umapathi has rescued victims, prosecuted traffickers, and worked extensively with local NGOs.

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Sheila Roseau
Sheila Roseau

Antigua and Barbuda, Class of 2011

She was the force behind Antigua and Barbuda’s first anti-trafficking law, passed in only 2010.

Sheila Roseau
Sheila Roseau

Antigua and Barbuda, Class of 2011

She was the force behind Antigua and Barbuda’s first anti-trafficking law, passed in only 2010.

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Simona Broomes
Simona Broomes

Guyana, Class of 2013

An ex-miner herself, Simona Broomes fights for the rights of women in the mining profession in Guyana.

Simona Broomes
Simona Broomes

Guyana, Class of 2013

An ex-miner herself, Simona Broomes fights for the rights of women in the mining profession in Guyana.

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Sisters of Adoration
Sisters of Adoration

Peru, Class of 2005

The Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament were founded in 1850, when Sister Maria Micaela began to help the mistreated prostitutes in Madrid.

Sisters of Adoration
Sisters of Adoration

Peru, Class of 2005

The Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament were founded in 1850, when Sister Maria Micaela began to help the mistreated prostitutes in Madrid.

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Somaly Mam & Pierre Legros
Somaly Mam & Pierre Legros

Cambodia, Class of 2005

A French NGO worker, Pierre Legros and a trafficking victim, Somaly Mam, founded one of the most influential sex trafficking NGOs in Asia.

Somaly Mam & Pierre Legros
Somaly Mam & Pierre Legros

Cambodia, Class of 2005

A French NGO worker, Pierre Legros and a trafficking victim, Somaly Mam, founded one of the most influential sex trafficking NGOs in Asia.

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Sompong Srakaew
Sompong Srakaew

Thailand, Class of 2008

Thailand exports a large amount of the world’s seafood, and Sompong Srakaew has set out to make sure they do this without using slave labor.

Sompong Srakaew
Sompong Srakaew

Thailand, Class of 2008

Thailand exports a large amount of the world’s seafood, and Sompong Srakaew has set out to make sure they do this without using slave labor.

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Sr. Eugenia Bonetti
Sr. Eugenia Bonetti

Italy, Class of 2004

Sister Eugenia Bonetti works with migrants at the CARITAS Listening and Reception Center in Turin, where she first became aware of human trafficking.

Sr. Eugenia Bonetti
Sr. Eugenia Bonetti

Italy, Class of 2004

Sister Eugenia Bonetti works with migrants at the CARITAS Listening and Reception Center in Turin, where she first became aware of human trafficking.

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Susan Ople
Susan Ople

Philippines, Class of 2013

Founder and president of an NGO, Susan Ople provides assistance to Filipino workers who have moved overseas for work.

Susan Ople
Susan Ople

Philippines, Class of 2013

Founder and president of an NGO, Susan Ople provides assistance to Filipino workers who have moved overseas for work.

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Swati Chauhan
Swati Chauhan

India, Class of 2011

Magistrate Chauhan has worked through an incredible backlog of cases in administering the ITPA as part of Mumbai’s specialized court.

Swati Chauhan
Swati Chauhan

India, Class of 2011

Magistrate Chauhan has worked through an incredible backlog of cases in administering the ITPA as part of Mumbai’s specialized court.

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Tek Narayan Kunwar
Tek Narayan Kunwar

Nepal, Class of 2014

A District Court Judge in Nepal, Tek Narayan Kunwar has pioneered the implementation of the Nepalese anti-trafficking law, while maintaining a victim centered approach.

Tek Narayan Kunwar
Tek Narayan Kunwar

Nepal, Class of 2014

A District Court Judge in Nepal, Tek Narayan Kunwar has pioneered the implementation of the Nepalese anti-trafficking law, while maintaining a victim centered approach.

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Tony Maddox
Tony Maddox

United States of America, Class of 2015

Tony Maddox, a journalist-executive, founded the CNN Freedom Project, the greatest awareness project in anti-human trafficking.

Tony Maddox
Tony Maddox

United States of America, Class of 2015

Tony Maddox, a journalist-executive, founded the CNN Freedom Project, the greatest awareness project in anti-human trafficking.

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Van Ngoc Ta
Van Ngoc Ta

Vietnam, Class of 2014

A Lawyer for an Australian charity, Van Ngoc Tan works in Vietnam and China to free victims of forced labor and sex trafficking.

Van Ngoc Ta
Van Ngoc Ta

Vietnam, Class of 2014

A Lawyer for an Australian charity, Van Ngoc Tan works in Vietnam and China to free victims of forced labor and sex trafficking.

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Vannak Anan Prum
Vannak Anan Prum

Cambodia, Class of 2012

A victim of labor trafficking, Prum has spread awareness of this issue through his paintings.

Vannak Anan Prum
Vannak Anan Prum

Cambodia, Class of 2012

A victim of labor trafficking, Prum has spread awareness of this issue through his paintings.

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Vera Lesko
Vera Lesko

Albania, Class of 2009

As Albania began to open to the world in the late 1990s, trafficking became an issue. Vera lesko decided to do something about it.

Vera Lesko
Vera Lesko

Albania, Class of 2009

As Albania began to open to the world in the late 1990s, trafficking became an issue. Vera lesko decided to do something about it.

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Wahyu Susilo
Wahyu Susilo

Indonesia, Class of 2007

In 2000, Wahyu Susilo began championing the cause he still stands for: the rights of the estimated 4.5 million Indonesians who work overseas.

Wahyu Susilo
Wahyu Susilo

Indonesia, Class of 2007

In 2000, Wahyu Susilo began championing the cause he still stands for: the rights of the estimated 4.5 million Indonesians who work overseas.

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Yasmina Baddou
Yasmina Baddou

Morocco, Class of 2007

A politician in Morocco, Yasmina Baddou has been a tireless advocate for children’s rights.

Yasmina Baddou
Yasmina Baddou

Morocco, Class of 2007

A politician in Morocco, Yasmina Baddou has been a tireless advocate for children’s rights.

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Karen G. I. Rigby
Karen G. I. Rigby

The Bahamas, Class of 2016

Karen G. I. Rigby
Karen G. I. Rigby

The Bahamas, Class of 2016

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Priscilla Kedibone Israel
Priscilla Kedibone Israel

Botswana, Class of 2016

Priscilla Kedibone Israel
Priscilla Kedibone Israel

Botswana, Class of 2016

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Rita Theodorou Superman
Rita Theodorou Superman

Cyprus, Class of 2016

Rita Theodorou Superman
Rita Theodorou Superman

Cyprus, Class of 2016

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Mr. Biram Dah Abeid
Mr. Biram Dah Abeid

Mauritania, Class of 2016

Mr. Biram Dah Abeid
Mr. Biram Dah Abeid

Mauritania, Class of 2016

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Mr. Brahim B. Ramdhane
Mr. Brahim B. Ramdhane

Mauritania, Class of 2016

Mr. Brahim B. Ramdhane
Mr. Brahim B. Ramdhane

Mauritania, Class of 2016

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Kiran Bajracharya
Kiran Bajracharya

Nepal, Class of 2016

Kiran Bajracharya
Kiran Bajracharya

Nepal, Class of 2016

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Syeda Ghulam Fatima
Syeda Ghulam Fatima

Pakistan, Class of 2016

Syeda Ghulam Fatima
Syeda Ghulam Fatima

Pakistan, Class of 2016

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Oluremi Banwo Kehinde
Oluremi Banwo Kehinde

Russia, Class of 2016

Oluremi Banwo Kehinde
Oluremi Banwo Kehinde

Russia, Class of 2016

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Issa Kouyaté
Issa Kouyaté

Senegal, Class of 2016

Issa Kouyaté
Issa Kouyaté

Senegal, Class of 2016

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