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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elly Anita

Elly Anita

Indonesia Elly Anita

Indonesia

2009

  • Forced Labor
  • Rescue
  • Domestic Servitude

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

Brother Xavier Plassat

Brother Xavier Plassat

Brazil Brother Xavier Plassat

Brazil

2010

  • Forced Labor
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Awareness Building
  • Rescue

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

Rita Theodorou Superman

Rita Theodorou Superman

Cyprus Rita Theodorou Superman

Cyprus

2016

  • Prosecution
  • Rescue

Francisca Awah Mbuli

Francisca Awah Mbuli

Cameroon Francisca Awah Mbuli

Cameroon

2018

  • Domestic Servitude
  • Bonded Labor
  • Awareness Building
  • Rescue
  • Victim Aftercare

Francisca Awah Mbuli is a survivor of human trafficking and the founding director of Survivors’ Network.