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Honorable Francisco Sierra

Honorable Francisco Sierra

Japan Honorable Francisco Sierra

Japan

2004

  • Forced Labor
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Policy Making

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.

Manuel Capellin

Manuel Capellin

Honduras Manuel Capellin

Honduras

2008

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Child Labor

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

Vera Lesko

Vera Lesko

Albania Vera Lesko

Albania

2009

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Victim Aftercare

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

Irén Ádámné Dunai

Irén Ádámné Dunai

Hungary Irén Ádámné Dunai

Hungary

2010

  • Forced Labor
  • Awareness Building
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Policy Making

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.

Katrin Gluic

Katrin Gluic

Croatia Katrin Gluic

Croatia

2013

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Prosecution

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

Sattaru Umapathi

Sattaru Umapathi

India Sattaru Umapathi

India

2010

  • Prosecution
  • Rescue
  • Sex Trafficking

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

Major D. Tumenbayar

Major D. Tumenbayar

Mongolia Major D. Tumenbayar

Mongolia

2008

  • Forced Labor
  • Awareness Building
  • Prosecution
  • Sex Trafficking

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

Marilyn Carlson Nelson

Marilyn Carlson Nelson

United States of America Marilyn Carlson Nelson

United States of America

2004

  • Domestic Servitude
  • Child Labor
  • Sex Trafficking

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

Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden

Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden

Sweden Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden

Sweden

2005

  • Child Labor
  • Sex Trafficking

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

Nancy Kassebaum

Nancy Kassebaum

Japan Nancy Kassebaum

Japan

2005

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor

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

Sisters of Adoration

Sisters of Adoration

Peru Sisters of Adoration

Peru

2005

  • Sex Trafficking

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.

Somaly Mam & Pierre Legros

Somaly Mam & Pierre Legros

Cambodia Somaly Mam & Pierre Legros

Cambodia

2005

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Child Labor

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

Kyai Husein Muhammad

Kyai Husein Muhammad

Indonesia Kyai Husein Muhammad

Indonesia

2006

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Child Labor

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

Marcelo Colombo

Marcelo Colombo

Argentina Marcelo Colombo

Argentina

2012

  • Prosecution
  • Sex Trafficking

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

Javier Antonio Morazan & Juan Victoriano Ruiz

Javier Antonio Morazan & Juan Victoriano Ruiz

Nicaragua Javier Antonio Morazan & Juan Victoriano Ruiz

Nicaragua

2013

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Rescue
  • Prosecution

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

Jeanette Richardson-Baars

Jeanette Richardson-Baars

Aruba Jeanette Richardson-Baars

Aruba

2012

  • Awareness Building
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Prosecution

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

Jhinna Pinchi

Jhinna Pinchi

Peru Jhinna Pinchi

Peru

2014

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Prosecution

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

Van Ngoc Ta

Van Ngoc Ta

Vietnam Van Ngoc Ta

Vietnam

2014

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Rescue
  • Victim Aftercare

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

Lucy Blacio

Lucy Blacio

Ecuador Lucy Blacio

Ecuador

2007

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Prosecution
  • Child Labor
  • Awareness Building

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

Marietta Dias

Marietta Dias

Bahrain Marietta Dias

Bahrain

2008

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Domestic Servitude
  • Victim Aftercare

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

Iana Matei

Iana Matei

Romania Iana Matei

Romania

2006

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Child Labor

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.

Inacio Sebastiao Mussanhe

Inacio Sebastiao Mussanhe

Mozambique Inacio Sebastiao Mussanhe

Mozambique

2009

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Prosecution

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

Kristina Misiniene

Kristina Misiniene

Lithuania Kristina Misiniene

Lithuania

2006

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Child Labor

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

Sr. Eugenia Bonetti

Sr. Eugenia Bonetti

Italy Sr. Eugenia Bonetti

Italy

2004

  • Domestic Servitude
  • Child Labor
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Survivor Empowerment

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

Tek Narayan Kunwar

Tek Narayan Kunwar

Nepal Tek Narayan Kunwar

Nepal

2014

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Prosecution

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.

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin

United States of America Ricky Martin

United States of America

2005

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Child Labor

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

Reverend Peter Nguyen Van Hung

Reverend Peter Nguyen Van Hung

Taiwan Reverend Peter Nguyen Van Hung

Taiwan

2006

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Domestic Servitude

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.

Sara Susana Del Valle Trimarco De Veron

Sara Susana Del Valle Trimarco De Veron

Argentina Sara Susana Del Valle Trimarco De Veron

Argentina

2007

  • Sex Trafficking

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

Monica Boseff

Monica Boseff

Romania Monica Boseff

Romania

2014

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Awareness Building
  • Child Labor

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

Pierre Tami

Pierre Tami

Cambodia Pierre Tami

Cambodia

2004

  • Domestic Servitude
  • Child Labor
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Survivor Empowerment

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

Swati Chauhan

Swati Chauhan

India Swati Chauhan

India

2011

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Policy Making
  • Prosecution

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

Mariliana Morales Berrios

Mariliana Morales Berrios

Costa Rica Mariliana Morales Berrios

Costa Rica

2009

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Survivor Empowerment

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 Mariliana Morales Berrios

Costa Rica

2009

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Survivor Empowerment

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

Nodira Karimova

Nodira Karimova

Uzbekistan Nodira Karimova

Uzbekistan

2006

  • Sex Trafficking

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

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

Mexico Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

Mexico

2007

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Child Labor
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Awareness Building

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.

Amela Efendic

Amela Efendic

Bosnia and Herzegovina Amela Efendic

Bosnia and Herzegovina

2011

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Awareness Building

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

Angelina Atyam

Angelina Atyam

Uganda Angelina Atyam

Uganda

2005

  • Child Labor
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Awareness Building

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

Beatrice Jedy-Agba

Beatrice Jedy-Agba

Nigeria Beatrice Jedy-Agba

Nigeria

2014

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Policy Making

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.

Benjamin Perrin

Benjamin Perrin

Canada Benjamin Perrin

Canada

2009

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Policy Making

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

Bonnie Miller

Bonnie Miller

Greece Bonnie Miller

Greece

2004

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Awareness Building
  • Policy Making

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

Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews

Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews

Trinidad and Tobago Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews

Trinidad and Tobago

2014

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Policy Making

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.

Christine Sabiyumva

Christine Sabiyumva

Burundi Christine Sabiyumva

Burundi

2010

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Awareness Building
  • Prosecution
  • Child Labor

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

David and Julie Brown

David and Julie Brown

Morocco David and Julie Brown

Morocco

2008

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Victim Aftercare

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.

Dewi Hughes (Desak Made Hughesia Dewi)

Dewi Hughes (Desak Made Hughesia Dewi)

Indonesia Dewi Hughes (Desak Made Hughesia Dewi)

Indonesia

2005

  • Child Labor
  • Sex Trafficking

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

Dr. Sunitha Krishnan

Dr. Sunitha Krishnan

India Dr. Sunitha Krishnan

India

2009

  • Sex Trafficking

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

Elisabeth Sioufi

Elisabeth Sioufi

Lebanon Elisabeth Sioufi

Lebanon

2014

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Policy Making
  • Prosecution

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.

Emma Skjonsby Manousaridis

Emma Skjonsby Manousaridis

Greece Emma Skjonsby Manousaridis

Greece

2008

  • Sex Trafficking

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

Esohe Aghatise

Esohe Aghatise

Italy Esohe Aghatise

Italy

2007

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Awareness Building
  • Victim Aftercare

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

Ganbayasgakh Geleg

Ganbayasgakh Geleg

Mongolia Ganbayasgakh Geleg

Mongolia

2010

  • Forced Labor
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Awareness Building

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

Gary Haugen

Gary Haugen

United States of America Gary Haugen

United States of America

2012

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Prosecution

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

George Vanikiotis

George Vanikiotis

Greece George Vanikiotis

Greece

2009

  • Prosecution
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor

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

Guy Jacobson & Adi Ezroni

Guy Jacobson & Adi Ezroni

Cambodia Guy Jacobson & Adi Ezroni

Cambodia

2008

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Awareness Building

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

Irene Fernandez

Irene Fernandez

Malaysia Irene Fernandez

Malaysia

2006

  • Forced Labor
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Awareness Building
  • Domestic Servitude

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.

Moses Binoga

Moses Binoga

Uganda Moses Binoga

Uganda

2015

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Prosecution
  • Policy Making

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

Betty Pedraza Lozano

Betty Pedraza Lozano

Colombia Betty Pedraza Lozano

Colombia

2015

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Policy Making

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

Ameena Saeed Hasan

Ameena Saeed Hasan

Iraq Ameena Saeed Hasan

Iraq

2015

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Awareness Building

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.

Norotiana Ramboarivelo Jeannoda

Norotiana Ramboarivelo Jeannoda

Madagascar Norotiana Ramboarivelo Jeannoda

Madagascar

2015

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Policy Making
  • Victim Aftercare

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

Gita Miruškina

Gita Miruškina

Latvia Gita Miruškina

Latvia

2015

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Prosecution

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 Gita Miruškina

Latvia

2015

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Prosecution

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

Parosha Chandran

Parosha Chandran

United Kingdom Parosha Chandran

United Kingdom

2015

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Policy Making
  • Child Labor
  • Domestic Servitude
  • Forced Labor

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 Parosha Chandran

United Kingdom

2015

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Policy Making
  • Child Labor
  • Domestic Servitude
  • Forced Labor

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.

Philip Hyldgaard

Philip Hyldgaard

Greece Philip Hyldgaard

Greece

2012

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Awareness Building

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

Rahel Gershuni (Rachel Gershoni)

Rahel Gershuni (Rachel Gershoni)

Israel Rahel Gershuni (Rachel Gershoni)

Israel

2006

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor

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

Tony Maddox

Tony Maddox

United States of America Tony Maddox

United States of America

2015

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Awareness Building

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 Tony Maddox

United States of America

2015

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Awareness Building

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

Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Ghana Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Ghana

2008

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Awareness Building

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

Oluremi Banwo Kehinde

Oluremi Banwo Kehinde

Russia Oluremi Banwo Kehinde

Russia

2016

  • Sex Trafficking

Karen G. I. Rigby

Karen G. I. Rigby

The Bahamas Karen G. I. Rigby

The Bahamas

2016

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Policy Making
  • Prosecution

Alika Kinan

Alika Kinan

Argentina Alika Kinan

Argentina

2017

  • Sex Trafficking

Boom Mosby

Boom Mosby

Thailand Boom Mosby

Thailand

2017

  • Sex Trafficking

Vanaja Jasphine

Vanaja Jasphine

Cameroon Vanaja Jasphine

Cameroon

2017

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Domestic Servitude

Blessing Okoedion

Blessing Okoedion

Nigeria Blessing Okoedion

Nigeria

2018

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Awareness Building
  • Survivor Empowerment

Ms. Okoedion plays an integral role in pushing Italian authorities to ensure that survivors, especially Nigerian women and girls, receive the services they deserve.

Kim Jong-chul

Kim Jong-chul

Republic of Korea Kim Jong-chul

Republic of Korea

2018

  • Forced Labor
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Prosecution
  • Policy Making

Kim Jong-chul is the founder and former Director of the Advocates for Public Interest Law.