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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.

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.

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.

Eva Biaudet

Eva Biaudet

Finland Eva Biaudet

Finland

2011

  • Awareness Building
  • Policy Making

A familiar face in Finnish politics for twenty years, Eva Biaudet, as the Ombudsman for Minorities, advocates for better responses to trafficking.

Jean Claude Mbvoumin

Jean Claude Mbvoumin

France Jean Claude Mbvoumin

France

2008

  • Forced Labor
  • Awareness Building

After retiring from a successful soccer (football) career, Jean Claude Mbvoumin made it his mission to help African victims of fraudulent football recruiting.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Viktoria Sebhelyi

Viktoria Sebhelyi

Hungary Viktoria Sebhelyi

Hungary

2017

  • Policy Making

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

Italy Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

Italy

2012

  • Forced Labor
  • Domestic Servitude
  • Policy Making

The OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro has transformed their efforts.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Natalia Abdullayeva

Natalia Abdullayeva

Uzbekistan Natalia Abdullayeva

Uzbekistan

2010

  • Forced Labor
  • Awareness Building

Specializing in spreading awareness, Natalia Abdullayeva works to make sure the labor force of Uzbekistan remains informed about 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.

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.