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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.

Laura Anyola Tufon

Laura Anyola Tufon

Cameroon Laura Anyola Tufon

Cameroon

2013

  • Child Labor
  • Forced Labor
  • Victim Aftercare

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

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.

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.

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.

Patience Quaye

Patience Quaye

Ghana Patience Quaye

Ghana

2007

  • Child Labor
  • Prosecution

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

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.

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.

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.

Moussa Sow

Moussa Sow

Senegal Moussa Sow

Senegal

2006

  • Child Labor

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

Kailash Satyarthi

Kailash Satyarthi

India Kailash Satyarthi

India

2007

  • Child Labor
  • Bonded Labor
  • Forced Labor
  • Awareness Building
  • Rescue

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

Yasmina Baddou

Yasmina Baddou

Morocco Yasmina Baddou

Morocco

2007

  • Child Labor
  • Domestic Servitude

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

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.

Sompong Srakaew

Sompong Srakaew

Thailand Sompong Srakaew

Thailand

2008

  • Child Labor
  • Forced Labor

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.

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.

Aida Mbodj

Aida Mbodj

Senegal Aida Mbodj

Senegal

2005

  • Forced Labor
  • Child Labor
  • Policy Making

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.

Amod Kanth

Amod Kanth

India Amod Kanth

India

2005

  • Child Labor

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

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.

Ansar Burney

Ansar Burney

Pakistan Ansar Burney

Pakistan

2005

  • Child Labor
  • Domestic Servitude

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.

Bhanuja Sharan Lal

Bhanuja Sharan Lal

India Bhanuja Sharan Lal

India

2014

  • Child Labor
  • Rescue
  • Survivor Empowerment

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.

Bhim Lama, Ganesh Shrestha, & Kumar Giri

Bhim Lama, Ganesh Shrestha, & Kumar Giri

Nepal Bhim Lama, Ganesh Shrestha, & Kumar Giri

Nepal

2008

  • Child Labor
  • Forced Labor
  • Rescue

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

Chief Togbega Hadjor

Chief Togbega Hadjor

Ghana Chief Togbega Hadjor

Ghana

2004

  • Child Labor
  • Forced Labor
  • Awareness Building

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

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.

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.

Gilbert Munda

Gilbert Munda

Democratic Republic of Congo Gilbert Munda

Democratic Republic of Congo

2014

  • Child Labor
  • Victim Aftercare

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

Catherine Groenendijk-Nabukwasi

Catherine Groenendijk-Nabukwasi

South Sudan Catherine Groenendijk-Nabukwasi

South Sudan

2015

  • Child Labor
  • Victim Aftercare

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 Catherine Groenendijk-Nabukwasi

South Sudan

2015

  • Child Labor
  • Victim Aftercare

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

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.

Issa Kouyaté

Issa Kouyaté

Senegal Issa Kouyaté

Senegal

2016

  • Child Labor
  • Victim Aftercare

Josue Ango

Josue Ango

Burkina Faso Josue Ango

Burkina Faso

2018

  • Child Labor
  • Forced Labor
  • Policy Making

Josue Ango is a driving force behind Burkina Faso’s efforts to combat human trafficking.