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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.

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.

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.

Kari Siddamma

Kari Siddamma

India Kari Siddamma

India

2006

  • Bonded Labor

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

Amod Kanth

Amod Kanth

India Amod Kanth

India

2005

  • Child Labor

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

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.

Dr. Sunitha Krishnan

Dr. Sunitha Krishnan

India Dr. Sunitha Krishnan

India

2009

  • Sex Trafficking

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

Mahesh Bhagwat

Mahesh Bhagwat

India Mahesh Bhagwat

India

2017

  • Prosecution

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.

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.

Charimaya Tamang

Charimaya Tamang

Nepal Charimaya Tamang

Nepal

2011

  • Policy Making
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Survivor Empowerment

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

Kiran Bajracharya

Kiran Bajracharya

Nepal Kiran Bajracharya

Nepal

2016

Adiba Umarova

Adiba Umarova

Tajikistan Adiba Umarova

Tajikistan

2005

  • Forced Labor

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

Alice Nah

Alice Nah

Malaysia Alice Nah

Malaysia

2009

  • Forced Labor
  • Domestic Servitude
  • Policy Making

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

Irene Fernandez

Irene Fernandez

Malaysia Irene Fernandez

Malaysia

2006

  • Forced Labor
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Awareness Building
  • Domestic Servitude

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.

Vannak Anan Prum

Vannak Anan Prum

Cambodia Vannak Anan Prum

Cambodia

2012

  • Forced Labor

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

Somaly Mam & Pierre Legros

Somaly Mam & Pierre Legros

Cambodia Somaly Mam & Pierre Legros

Cambodia

2005

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Child Labor

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

Pierre Tami

Pierre Tami

Cambodia Pierre Tami

Cambodia

2004

  • Domestic Servitude
  • Child Labor
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Survivor Empowerment

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

Guy Jacobson & Adi Ezroni

Guy Jacobson & Adi Ezroni

Cambodia Guy Jacobson & Adi Ezroni

Cambodia

2008

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Awareness Building

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

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.

Kyai Husein Muhammad

Kyai Husein Muhammad

Indonesia Kyai Husein Muhammad

Indonesia

2006

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Child Labor

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

Wahyu Susilo

Wahyu Susilo

Indonesia Wahyu Susilo

Indonesia

2007

  • Forced Labor
  • Bonded Labor
  • Domestic Servitude

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

Dewi Hughes (Desak Made Hughesia Dewi)

Dewi Hughes (Desak Made Hughesia Dewi)

Indonesia Dewi Hughes (Desak Made Hughesia Dewi)

Indonesia

2005

  • Child Labor
  • Sex Trafficking

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

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.

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.

Ganbayasgakh Geleg

Ganbayasgakh Geleg

Mongolia Ganbayasgakh Geleg

Mongolia

2010

  • Forced Labor
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Awareness Building

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

Reverend Peter Nguyen Van Hung

Reverend Peter Nguyen Van Hung

Taiwan Reverend Peter Nguyen Van Hung

Taiwan

2006

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Domestic Servitude

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.

Allison Lee

Allison Lee

Allison Lee

2017

  • Forced Labor

Sompong Srakaew

Sompong Srakaew

Thailand Sompong Srakaew

Thailand

2008

  • Child Labor
  • Forced Labor

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.

Boom Mosby

Boom Mosby

Thailand Boom Mosby

Thailand

2017

  • Sex Trafficking

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.

Honorable Francisco Sierra

Honorable Francisco Sierra

Japan Honorable Francisco Sierra

Japan

2004

  • Forced Labor
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Policy Making

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.

Nancy Kassebaum

Nancy Kassebaum

Japan Nancy Kassebaum

Japan

2005

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor

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

Ippei Torii

Ippei Torii

Japan Ippei Torii

Japan

2013

  • Forced Labor
  • Awareness Building
  • Bonded Labor

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

Susan Ople

Susan Ople

Philippines Susan Ople

Philippines

2013

  • Forced Labor
  • Domestic Servitude
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Policy Making

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

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.