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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Karen G. I. Rigby

Karen G. I. Rigby

The Bahamas Karen G. I. Rigby

The Bahamas

2016

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Forced Labor
  • Policy Making
  • Prosecution

Mr. Brahim B. Ramdhane

Mr. Brahim B. Ramdhane

Mauritania Mr. Brahim B. Ramdhane

Mauritania

2016

  • Bonded Labor
  • Forced Labor

Allison Lee

Allison Lee

Allison Lee

2017

  • Forced Labor

Leonardo Sakamoto

Leonardo Sakamoto

Brazil Leonardo Sakamoto

Brazil

2017

  • Forced Labor