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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.

Aida Abu Ras

Aida Abu Ras

Jordan Aida Abu Ras

Jordan

2009

  • Forced Labor
  • Domestic Servitude

Over 60,000 migrant women work in Jordan, primarily as domestics, and Aida Abu Ras founded the first NGO to help them.

Aida Mbodj

Aida Mbodj

Senegal Aida Mbodj

Senegal

2005

  • Forced Labor
  • Child Labor
  • Policy Making

Aida Mbodj is a powerful politician in Senegal, well-respected and admired, who used her political power to combat human trafficking in the early part of the millennium.

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.

Ameena Saeed Hasan

Ameena Saeed Hasan

Iraq Ameena Saeed Hasan

Iraq

2015

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Awareness Building

Ameena Saeed Hasan is a Yezidi Kurd, a minority group targeted by the extremist group ISIL. She has helped secure the release of over 100 captives.

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.

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.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Ghana Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Ghana

2008

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Awareness Building

A secretive investigative Journalist from Ghana, Anas Aremeyaw Anas helped to bring down two major human trafficking rings in Ghana in 2007 and 2008.

Angelina Atyam

Angelina Atyam

Uganda Angelina Atyam

Uganda

2005

  • Child Labor
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Awareness Building

Angelina Atyam’s fight to combat human trafficking was personal: the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) abducted her daughter.

Anne Gallagher

Anne Gallagher

Worldwide Anne Gallagher

Worldwide

2012

  • Policy Making

Anne Gallagher is the leading global expert on the international law of human trafficking, and has worked for twenty years to combat this issue.

Ansar Burney

Ansar Burney

Pakistan Ansar Burney

Pakistan

2005

  • Child Labor
  • Domestic Servitude

Ansar Burney began as a student activist in the 1970s, and has fought for justice and human rights ever since, including for the rights of children.

Azezet Habtezghi Kidane

Azezet Habtezghi Kidane

Israel Azezet Habtezghi Kidane

Israel

2012

  • Awareness Building
  • Victim Aftercare

Sister Azazet listened to countless of interviews, sensitively interacting with victims, to learn about trafficking in the Sinai.

Beatrice Jedy-Agba

Beatrice Jedy-Agba

Nigeria Beatrice Jedy-Agba

Nigeria

2014

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Policy Making

Beatrice Jedy-Agba is the Executive Secretary of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP) in Nigeria.

Benjamin Perrin

Benjamin Perrin

Canada Benjamin Perrin

Canada

2009

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Policy Making

First becoming involved in anti-human trafficking work in Cambodia led Benjamin Perrin to take the fight back to his home country of Canada.

Betty Pedraza Lozano

Betty Pedraza Lozano

Colombia Betty Pedraza Lozano

Colombia

2015

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Policy Making

Betty Pedraza Lozano is the founder and director of a Colombian NGO that provides victim services, spreads awareness, and encourages international cooperation.

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.

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.

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.

Brother Xavier Plassat

Brother Xavier Plassat

Brazil Brother Xavier Plassat

Brazil

2010

  • Forced Labor
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Awareness Building
  • Rescue

Brother Xavier Plassat, a friar of the Dominican order, first came across forced labor practices after coming to Brazil in the 1980s.

Catherine Groenendijk-Nabukwasi

Catherine Groenendijk-Nabukwasi

South Sudan Catherine Groenendijk-Nabukwasi

South Sudan

2015

  • Child Labor
  • Victim Aftercare

Founder of Confident Children out of Conflict in South Sudan, she fights against child trafficking and exploitation.

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.

Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews

Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews

Trinidad and Tobago Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews

Trinidad and Tobago

2014

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Policy Making

Ms. Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews is the Director of Trinidad and Tobago's anti-trafficking body, and has shaped policy and legislation at a high level.

Chief Togbega Hadjor

Chief Togbega Hadjor

Ghana Chief Togbega Hadjor

Ghana

2004

  • Child Labor
  • Forced Labor
  • Awareness Building

Chief Togbega Hadjor is chief over the region which includes the infamous Lake Volta, where young boys are sold as slaves to fishermen.

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.

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.

David and Julie Brown

David and Julie Brown

Morocco David and Julie Brown

Morocco

2008

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Victim Aftercare

During their time in Morocco with the French Protestant Church, David and Julie Brown worked to help migrants and trafficking victims from all over Africa.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Esme Kisting

Esme Kisting

Namibia Esme Kisting

Namibia

2011

  • Awareness Building
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Survivor Empowerment

Working with sex trafficking victims in Namibia, Esme Kisting provides them with housing, an income, and a chance at a life.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gilbert Munda

Gilbert Munda

Democratic Republic of Congo Gilbert Munda

Democratic Republic of Congo

2014

  • Child Labor
  • Victim Aftercare

A former orphan himself, Gilbert Munda cares for children in vulnerable situations, specializing in those coming out of labor in armed conflicts.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Laura Anyola Tufon

Laura Anyola Tufon

Cameroon Laura Anyola Tufon

Cameroon

2013

  • Child Labor
  • Forced Labor
  • Victim Aftercare

As the Northwest Regional Coordinator for the Justice and Peace Service in Cameroon, Laura Anyola Tufon has targeted child and forced labor.

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.

Leonel Dubon

Leonel Dubon

Guatemala Leonel Dubon

Guatemala

2011

  • Awareness Building
  • Victim Aftercare

A heart for children and a tireless devotion has kept Mr. Leonel Dubon providing aftercare services to trafficked and at-risk youth for years.

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.

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.

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

Mexico Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

Mexico

2007

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

A journalist in Mexico, Ms. Ribeiro first became involved with anti-trafficking work in 2000, when she opened a high security shelter for women and children.

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.

Manuel Capellin

Manuel Capellin

Honduras Manuel Capellin

Honduras

2008

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Child Labor

In 1992, Manuel Capellin joined Covenant House’s Casa Alianza Honduras, and began caring for street youth, homeless children, and victims of 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.

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.

Marietta Dias

Marietta Dias

Bahrain Marietta Dias

Bahrain

2008

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Domestic Servitude
  • Victim Aftercare

After retiring from the Airline industry, Marietta Dias devoted her life to helping fight for the rights of migrant workers in Bahrain.

Mariliana Morales Berrios

Mariliana Morales Berrios

Costa Rica Mariliana Morales Berrios

Costa Rica

2009

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Victim Aftercare
  • Survivor Empowerment

In 1997, Ms. Berrios created the Rahab Foundation. Since then, she has helped over 7000 women and girl victims of trafficking.

Marilyn Carlson Nelson

Marilyn Carlson Nelson

United States of America Marilyn Carlson Nelson

United States of America

2004

  • Domestic Servitude
  • Child Labor
  • Sex Trafficking

Marilyn Carlson Nelson, CEO of Carlson Companies, has been a role model for promoting social corporate accountability.

Mohammed Bassam Al-Nasseri

Mohammed Bassam Al-Nasseri

Iraq Mohammed Bassam Al-Nasseri

Iraq

2013

  • Forced Labor
  • Policy Making

An officer with the International Organization for Migration in Iraq, Mohammed Bassam Al-Nasseri has shaped policy and advocate for victims.

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.

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.

Moussa Sow

Moussa Sow

Senegal Moussa Sow

Senegal

2006

  • Child Labor

Moussa Sow, once a street child himself, fights for street children in Senegal, providing support, services, and, when possible, reuniting them with their families.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Norotiana Ramboarivelo Jeannoda

Norotiana Ramboarivelo Jeannoda

Madagascar Norotiana Ramboarivelo Jeannoda

Madagascar

2015

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Policy Making
  • Victim Aftercare

Norotiana Jeannoda is an incredible civil society advocate in Madagascar, helping victims and changing policy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rahel Gershuni (Rachel Gershoni)

Rahel Gershuni (Rachel Gershoni)

Israel Rahel Gershuni (Rachel Gershoni)

Israel

2006

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor

Rahel Gershuni, Israel's National Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, began coordinating government efforts informally, and then was given her present position.

Raimi Vincent Paraiso

Raimi Vincent Paraiso

Republic of Congo Raimi Vincent Paraiso

Republic of Congo

2012

  • Victim Aftercare

Raimi Vincent Paraiso works in the Congo to assist victims of trafficking, especially children.

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.

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin

United States of America Ricky Martin

United States of America

2005

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Child Labor

An international superstar, Ricky Martin and his foundation, created in 2000, have been extensively involved in anti-trafficking work.

Sara Susana Del Valle Trimarco De Veron

Sara Susana Del Valle Trimarco De Veron

Argentina Sara Susana Del Valle Trimarco De Veron

Argentina

2007

  • Sex Trafficking

Her own daughter kidnapped and trafficked, Susana Trimarco began searching for her and rescuing other victims of trafficking.

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.

Sheila Roseau

Sheila Roseau

Antigua and Barbuda Sheila Roseau

Antigua and Barbuda

2011

  • Policy Making

She was the force behind Antigua and Barbuda’s first anti-trafficking law, passed in only 2010.

Simona Broomes

Simona Broomes

Guyana Simona Broomes

Guyana

2013

  • Forced Labor

An ex-miner herself, Simona Broomes fights for the rights of women in the mining profession in Guyana.

Sisters of Adoration

Sisters of Adoration

Peru Sisters of Adoration

Peru

2005

  • Sex Trafficking

The Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament were founded in 1850, when Sister Maria Micaela began to help the mistreated prostitutes in Madrid.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tony Maddox

Tony Maddox

United States of America Tony Maddox

United States of America

2015

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Awareness Building

Tony Maddox, a journalist-executive, founded the CNN Freedom Project, the greatest awareness project in anti-human 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.

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.

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.

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.

Yasmina Baddou

Yasmina Baddou

Morocco Yasmina Baddou

Morocco

2007

  • Child Labor
  • Domestic Servitude

A politician in Morocco, Yasmina Baddou has been a tireless advocate for children’s rights.

Karen G. I. Rigby

Karen G. I. Rigby

The Bahamas Karen G. I. Rigby

The Bahamas

2016

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Policy Making
  • Prosecution

Priscilla Kedibone Israel

Priscilla Kedibone Israel

Botswana Priscilla Kedibone Israel

Botswana

2016

Rita Theodorou Superman

Rita Theodorou Superman

Cyprus Rita Theodorou Superman

Cyprus

2016

  • Prosecution
  • Rescue

Mr. Biram Dah Abeid

Mr. Biram Dah Abeid

Mauritania Mr. Biram Dah Abeid

Mauritania

2016

Mr. Brahim B. Ramdhane

Mr. Brahim B. Ramdhane

Mauritania Mr. Brahim B. Ramdhane

Mauritania

2016

  • Bonded Labor
  • Forced Labor

Kiran Bajracharya

Kiran Bajracharya

Nepal Kiran Bajracharya

Nepal

2016

Syeda Ghulam Fatima

Syeda Ghulam Fatima

Pakistan Syeda Ghulam Fatima

Pakistan

2016

  • Bonded Labor

Oluremi Banwo Kehinde

Oluremi Banwo Kehinde

Russia Oluremi Banwo Kehinde

Russia

2016

  • Sex Trafficking

Issa Kouyaté

Issa Kouyaté

Senegal Issa Kouyaté

Senegal

2016

  • Child Labor
  • Victim Aftercare

Alika Kinan

Alika Kinan

Argentina Alika Kinan

Argentina

2017

  • Sex Trafficking

Leonardo Sakamoto

Leonardo Sakamoto

Brazil Leonardo Sakamoto

Brazil

2017

  • Forced Labor

Vanaja Jasphine

Vanaja Jasphine

Cameroon Vanaja Jasphine

Cameroon

2017

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Domestic Servitude

Viktoria Sebhelyi

Viktoria Sebhelyi

Hungary Viktoria Sebhelyi

Hungary

2017

  • Policy Making

Mahesh Bhagwat

Mahesh Bhagwat

India Mahesh Bhagwat

India

2017

  • Prosecution

Amina Oufroukhi

Amina Oufroukhi

Morocco Amina Oufroukhi

Morocco

2017

  • Policy Making

Allison Lee

Allison Lee

Allison Lee

2017

  • Forced Labor

Boom Mosby

Boom Mosby

Thailand Boom Mosby

Thailand

2017

  • Sex Trafficking