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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.