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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vanaja Jasphine

Vanaja Jasphine

Cameroon Vanaja Jasphine

Cameroon

2017

  • Sex Trafficking
  • Domestic Servitude