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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Issa Kouyaté

Issa Kouyaté

Senegal Issa Kouyaté

Senegal

2016

  • Child Labor
  • Victim Aftercare