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Nirmala Bonat

Nirmala Bonat

Indonesia Nirmala Bonat

Indonesia

2008

  • Domestic Servitude
  • Prosecution

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

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.

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.

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.

Laura Germino

Laura Germino

United States of America Laura Germino

United States of America

2010

  • Forced Labor
  • Prosecution
  • Awareness Building

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

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.

Paul Holmes

Paul Holmes

United Kingdom Paul Holmes

United Kingdom

2013

  • Prosecution

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 Paul Holmes

United Kingdom

2013

  • Prosecution

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

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.

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.

Dilcya Garcia Espinosa De Los Monteros

Dilcya Garcia Espinosa De Los Monteros

Mexico Dilcya Garcia Espinosa De Los Monteros

Mexico

2011

  • Awareness Building
  • Prosecution

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

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.

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.

Linda Al-Kalash

Linda Al-Kalash

Jordan Linda Al-Kalash

Jordan

2010

  • Forced Labor
  • Prosecution
  • Domestic Servitude

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

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.

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.

Darlene Pajarito

Darlene Pajarito

Philippines Darlene Pajarito

Philippines

2011

  • Awareness Building
  • Prosecution

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

Rita Theodorou Superman

Rita Theodorou Superman

Cyprus Rita Theodorou Superman

Cyprus

2016

  • Prosecution
  • Rescue

Karen G. I. Rigby

Karen G. I. Rigby

The Bahamas Karen G. I. Rigby

The Bahamas

2016

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Policy Making
  • Prosecution

Mahesh Bhagwat

Mahesh Bhagwat

India Mahesh Bhagwat

India

2017

  • Prosecution

Ivana Radović

Ivana Radović

Serbia Ivana Radović

Serbia

2018

  • Prosecution

Ivana Radović is the Head of Policy and Learning at ASTRA, one of Serbia’s leading grassroots anti-trafficking NGOs.

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.

Yanira Violeta Olivares Pineda

Yanira Violeta Olivares Pineda

El Salvador Yanira Violeta Olivares Pineda

El Salvador

2018

  • Prosecution
  • Forced Labor

Yanira Violeta Olivares Pineda leads a team of prosecutors dedicated to holding human traffickers accountable and delivering justice to victims.