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Sattaru Umapathi
Sattaru Umapathi

India, Class of 2010

A Policeman in Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Sattaru Umapathi has rescued victims, prosecuted traffickers, and worked extensively with local NGOs.

Sattaru Umapathi
Sattaru Umapathi

India, Class of 2010

A Policeman in Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Sattaru Umapathi has rescued victims, prosecuted traffickers, and worked extensively with local NGOs.

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Kailash Satyarthi
Kailash Satyarthi

India, Class of 2007

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

Kailash Satyarthi
Kailash Satyarthi

India, Class of 2007

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

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Swati Chauhan
Swati Chauhan

India, Class of 2011

Magistrate Chauhan has worked through an incredible backlog of cases in administering the ITPA as part of Mumbai’s specialized court.

Swati Chauhan
Swati Chauhan

India, Class of 2011

Magistrate Chauhan has worked through an incredible backlog of cases in administering the ITPA as part of Mumbai’s specialized court.

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Kari Siddamma
Kari Siddamma

India, Class of 2006

Ms. Siddamma engages in grassroots community organizing in Tamil Nadu with the Irula caste, freeing many from bonded labor and generational slavery.

Kari Siddamma
Kari Siddamma

India, Class of 2006

Ms. Siddamma engages in grassroots community organizing in Tamil Nadu with the Irula caste, freeing many from bonded labor and generational slavery.

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Amod Kanth
Amod Kanth

India, Class of 2005

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

Amod Kanth
Amod Kanth

India, Class of 2005

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

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Bhanuja Sharan Lal
Bhanuja Sharan Lal

India, Class of 2014

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.

Bhanuja Sharan Lal
Bhanuja Sharan Lal

India, Class of 2014

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.

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Dr. Sunitha Krishnan
Dr. Sunitha Krishnan

India, Class of 2009

Sunitha Krishnan, herself a survivor of sexual violence, co-founded the organization Prajwala to help create a pipeline out of the sex trade.

Dr. Sunitha Krishnan
Dr. Sunitha Krishnan

India, Class of 2009

Sunitha Krishnan, herself a survivor of sexual violence, co-founded the organization Prajwala to help create a pipeline out of the sex trade.

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Mahesh Bhagwat
Mahesh Bhagwat

India, Class of 2017

Mahesh Bhagwat
Mahesh Bhagwat

India, Class of 2017

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Tek Narayan Kunwar
Tek Narayan Kunwar

Nepal, Class of 2014

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.

Tek Narayan Kunwar
Tek Narayan Kunwar

Nepal, Class of 2014

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.

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Bhim Lama, Ganesh Shrestha, & Kumar Giri
Bhim Lama, Ganesh Shrestha, & Kumar Giri

Nepal, Class of 2008

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

Bhim Lama, Ganesh Shrestha, & Kumar Giri
Bhim Lama, Ganesh Shrestha, & Kumar Giri

Nepal, Class of 2008

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

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Charimaya Tamang
Charimaya Tamang

Nepal, Class of 2011

Charimaya Tamang, a victim of sex trafficking, became the first to file a complaint with the district police.

Charimaya Tamang
Charimaya Tamang

Nepal, Class of 2011

Charimaya Tamang, a victim of sex trafficking, became the first to file a complaint with the district police.

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Kiran Bajracharya
Kiran Bajracharya

Nepal, Class of 2016

Kiran Bajracharya
Kiran Bajracharya

Nepal, Class of 2016

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Sunita Danuwar
Sunita Danuwar

Nepal, Class of 2018

Sunita Danuwar has made the remarkable transformation from trafficking victim to one of Nepal’s leading social activists.

Sunita Danuwar
Sunita Danuwar

Nepal, Class of 2018

Sunita Danuwar has made the remarkable transformation from trafficking victim to one of Nepal’s leading social activists.

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Adiba Umarova
Adiba Umarova

Tajikistan, Class of 2005

As a journalist in Tajikistan, Adiba Umarova was able to re-open a cold case which led to the arrest of a trafficking ringleader.

Adiba Umarova
Adiba Umarova

Tajikistan, Class of 2005

As a journalist in Tajikistan, Adiba Umarova was able to re-open a cold case which led to the arrest of a trafficking ringleader.

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Alice Nah
Alice Nah

Malaysia, Class of 2009

While working on her PhD Thesis, Alice Nah saw the plight of migrant workers in Malaysia.

Alice Nah
Alice Nah

Malaysia, Class of 2009

While working on her PhD Thesis, Alice Nah saw the plight of migrant workers in Malaysia.

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Irene Fernandez
Irene Fernandez

Malaysia, Class of 2006

The late Irene Fernandez was a well-known activist and advocate in Malaysia, supporting the rights of women, and the rights of Migrant workers, for decades.

Irene Fernandez
Irene Fernandez

Malaysia, Class of 2006

The late Irene Fernandez was a well-known activist and advocate in Malaysia, supporting the rights of women, and the rights of Migrant workers, for decades.

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Vannak Anan Prum
Vannak Anan Prum

Cambodia, Class of 2012

A victim of labor trafficking, Prum has spread awareness of this issue through his paintings.

Vannak Anan Prum
Vannak Anan Prum

Cambodia, Class of 2012

A victim of labor trafficking, Prum has spread awareness of this issue through his paintings.

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Somaly Mam & Pierre Legros
Somaly Mam & Pierre Legros

Cambodia, Class of 2005

A French NGO worker, Pierre Legros and a trafficking victim, Somaly Mam, founded one of the most influential sex trafficking NGOs in Asia.

Somaly Mam & Pierre Legros
Somaly Mam & Pierre Legros

Cambodia, Class of 2005

A French NGO worker, Pierre Legros and a trafficking victim, Somaly Mam, founded one of the most influential sex trafficking NGOs in Asia.

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Pierre Tami
Pierre Tami

Cambodia, Class of 2004

From despair to hope—Pierre Tami in Cambodia helps to regain dignity for the abused, vulnerable and jobless through social empowerment.

Pierre Tami
Pierre Tami

Cambodia, Class of 2004

From despair to hope—Pierre Tami in Cambodia helps to regain dignity for the abused, vulnerable and jobless through social empowerment.

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Guy Jacobson & Adi Ezroni
Guy Jacobson & Adi Ezroni

Cambodia, Class of 2008

In 2004, Guy Jacobson, a lawyer, and Adi Ezroni, an Israeli Actress, founded the Redlight Children Campaign to combat child sex trafficking.

Guy Jacobson & Adi Ezroni
Guy Jacobson & Adi Ezroni

Cambodia, Class of 2008

In 2004, Guy Jacobson, a lawyer, and Adi Ezroni, an Israeli Actress, founded the Redlight Children Campaign to combat child sex trafficking.

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Nirmala Bonat
Nirmala Bonat

Indonesia, Class of 2008

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

Nirmala Bonat
Nirmala Bonat

Indonesia, Class of 2008

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

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Kyai Husein Muhammad
Kyai Husein Muhammad

Indonesia, Class of 2006

The Principal of a large Islamic School in Indonesia, Kyai Husein Muhammad ran an extensive media campaign against human trafficking.

Kyai Husein Muhammad
Kyai Husein Muhammad

Indonesia, Class of 2006

The Principal of a large Islamic School in Indonesia, Kyai Husein Muhammad ran an extensive media campaign against human trafficking.

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Wahyu Susilo
Wahyu Susilo

Indonesia, Class of 2007

In 2000, Wahyu Susilo began championing the cause he still stands for: the rights of the estimated 4.5 million Indonesians who work overseas.

Wahyu Susilo
Wahyu Susilo

Indonesia, Class of 2007

In 2000, Wahyu Susilo began championing the cause he still stands for: the rights of the estimated 4.5 million Indonesians who work overseas.

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Dewi Hughes (Desak Made Hughesia Dewi)
Dewi Hughes (Desak Made Hughesia Dewi)

Indonesia, Class of 2005

A television personality, Dewi Hughes became the spokesperson for a Campaign to Eliminate the Trafficking of Indonesian Women and Children.

Dewi Hughes (Desak Made Hughesia Dewi)
Dewi Hughes (Desak Made Hughesia Dewi)

Indonesia, Class of 2005

A television personality, Dewi Hughes became the spokesperson for a Campaign to Eliminate the Trafficking of Indonesian Women and Children.

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Elly Anita
Elly Anita

Indonesia, Class of 2009

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

Elly Anita
Elly Anita

Indonesia, Class of 2009

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

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Maizidah Salas
Maizidah Salas

Indonesia, Class of 2018

Maizidah Salas is a leading voice for migrant worker rights in Indonesia.

Maizidah Salas
Maizidah Salas

Indonesia, Class of 2018

Maizidah Salas is a leading voice for migrant worker rights in Indonesia.

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Major D. Tumenbayar
Major D. Tumenbayar

Mongolia, Class of 2008

A high-ranking Police Officer in the South of Mongolia, Major Tumenbayar has been crucial to the fight against cross-border human trafficking.

Major D. Tumenbayar
Major D. Tumenbayar

Mongolia, Class of 2008

A high-ranking Police Officer in the South of Mongolia, Major Tumenbayar has been crucial to the fight against cross-border human trafficking.

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Ganbayasgakh Geleg
Ganbayasgakh Geleg

Mongolia, Class of 2010

The founder of the Mongolian Gender Equality Center, Ganbayasgakh Geleg has been helping victims of trafficking since 2002.

Ganbayasgakh Geleg
Ganbayasgakh Geleg

Mongolia, Class of 2010

The founder of the Mongolian Gender Equality Center, Ganbayasgakh Geleg has been helping victims of trafficking since 2002.

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Reverend Peter Nguyen Van Hung
Reverend Peter Nguyen Van Hung

Taiwan, Class of 2006

Peter Nguyen Van Hung came to Taiwan first in 1988 as a missionary, and now fights for Vietnamese women and workers who have been trafficked.

Reverend Peter Nguyen Van Hung
Reverend Peter Nguyen Van Hung

Taiwan, Class of 2006

Peter Nguyen Van Hung came to Taiwan first in 1988 as a missionary, and now fights for Vietnamese women and workers who have been trafficked.

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Allison Lee
Allison Lee

, Class of 2017

Allison Lee
Allison Lee

, Class of 2017

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Sompong Srakaew
Sompong Srakaew

Thailand, Class of 2008

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.

Sompong Srakaew
Sompong Srakaew

Thailand, Class of 2008

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.

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Boom Mosby
Boom Mosby

Thailand, Class of 2017

Boom Mosby
Boom Mosby

Thailand, Class of 2017

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Van Ngoc Ta
Van Ngoc Ta

Vietnam, Class of 2014

A Lawyer for an Australian charity, Van Ngoc Tan works in Vietnam and China to free victims of forced labor and sex trafficking.

Van Ngoc Ta
Van Ngoc Ta

Vietnam, Class of 2014

A Lawyer for an Australian charity, Van Ngoc Tan works in Vietnam and China to free victims of forced labor and sex trafficking.

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Honorable Francisco Sierra
Honorable Francisco Sierra

Japan, Class of 2004

As the Ambassador from Colombia to Japan, the Honorable Francisco Sierra was able to address a unique problem: people who were being trafficked from Colombia to Japan.

Honorable Francisco Sierra
Honorable Francisco Sierra

Japan, Class of 2004

As the Ambassador from Colombia to Japan, the Honorable Francisco Sierra was able to address a unique problem: people who were being trafficked from Colombia to Japan.

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Nancy Kassebaum
Nancy Kassebaum

Japan, Class of 2005

After she completed several successful Senate terms, Nancy Kassebaum accompanied her husband to Japan, where he served as the United States Ambassador.

Nancy Kassebaum
Nancy Kassebaum

Japan, Class of 2005

After she completed several successful Senate terms, Nancy Kassebaum accompanied her husband to Japan, where he served as the United States Ambassador.

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Ippei Torii
Ippei Torii

Japan, Class of 2013

Ippei Torii, the Secretary General of the Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan, has provided assistance to thousands of workers.

Ippei Torii
Ippei Torii

Japan, Class of 2013

Ippei Torii, the Secretary General of the Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan, has provided assistance to thousands of workers.

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Kim Jong-chul
Kim Jong-chul

Republic of Korea, Class of 2018

Kim Jong-chul is the founder and former Director of the Advocates for Public Interest Law.

Kim Jong-chul
Kim Jong-chul

Republic of Korea, Class of 2018

Kim Jong-chul is the founder and former Director of the Advocates for Public Interest Law.

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Susan Ople
Susan Ople

Philippines, Class of 2013

Founder and president of an NGO, Susan Ople provides assistance to Filipino workers who have moved overseas for work.

Susan Ople
Susan Ople

Philippines, Class of 2013

Founder and president of an NGO, Susan Ople provides assistance to Filipino workers who have moved overseas for work.

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Darlene Pajarito
Darlene Pajarito

Philippines, Class of 2011

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

Darlene Pajarito
Darlene Pajarito

Philippines, Class of 2011

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

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