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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Viktoria Sebhelyi
Viktoria Sebhelyi

Hungary, Class of 2017

Viktoria Sebhelyi
Viktoria Sebhelyi

Hungary, Class of 2017

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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