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Vera Lesko
Vera Lesko

Albania, Class of 2009

As Albania began to open to the world in the late 1990s, trafficking became an issue. Vera lesko decided to do something about it.

Vera Lesko
Vera Lesko

Albania, Class of 2009

As Albania began to open to the world in the late 1990s, trafficking became an issue. Vera lesko decided to do something about it.

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Laura Anyola Tufon
Laura Anyola Tufon

Cameroon, Class of 2013

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

Laura Anyola Tufon
Laura Anyola Tufon

Cameroon, Class of 2013

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

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Van Ngoc Ta
Van Ngoc Ta

Vietnam, Class of 2014

A Lawyer for an Australian charity, Van Ngoc Tan works in Vietnam and China to free victims of forced labor and sex trafficking.

Van Ngoc Ta
Van Ngoc Ta

Vietnam, Class of 2014

A Lawyer for an Australian charity, Van Ngoc Tan works in Vietnam and China to free victims of forced labor and sex trafficking.

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Marietta Dias
Marietta Dias

Bahrain, Class of 2008

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

Marietta Dias
Marietta Dias

Bahrain, Class of 2008

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

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Iana Matei
Iana Matei

Romania, Class of 2006

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.

Iana Matei
Iana Matei

Romania, Class of 2006

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.

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Kristina Misiniene
Kristina Misiniene

Lithuania, Class of 2006

A social worker in Lithuania, Kristina Misiniene has tirelessly pursued support for victims, coordinated awareness campaigns, and facilitated cooperation.

Kristina Misiniene
Kristina Misiniene

Lithuania, Class of 2006

A social worker in Lithuania, Kristina Misiniene has tirelessly pursued support for victims, coordinated awareness campaigns, and facilitated cooperation.

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Sr. Eugenia Bonetti
Sr. Eugenia Bonetti

Italy, Class of 2004

Sister Eugenia Bonetti works with migrants at the CARITAS Listening and Reception Center in Turin, where she first became aware of human trafficking.

Sr. Eugenia Bonetti
Sr. Eugenia Bonetti

Italy, Class of 2004

Sister Eugenia Bonetti works with migrants at the CARITAS Listening and Reception Center in Turin, where she first became aware of human trafficking.

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Susan Ople
Susan Ople

Philippines, Class of 2013

Founder and president of an NGO, Susan Ople provides assistance to Filipino workers who have moved overseas for work.

Susan Ople
Susan Ople

Philippines, Class of 2013

Founder and president of an NGO, Susan Ople provides assistance to Filipino workers who have moved overseas for work.

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Monica Boseff
Monica Boseff

Romania, Class of 2014

Monica Boseff opened the only emergency shelter in Bucharest, Romania, in 2012, and continues to provide support to victims.

Monica Boseff
Monica Boseff

Romania, Class of 2014

Monica Boseff opened the only emergency shelter in Bucharest, Romania, in 2012, and continues to provide support to victims.

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Pierre Tami
Pierre Tami

Cambodia, Class of 2004

From despair to hope—Pierre Tami in Cambodia helps to regain dignity for the abused, vulnerable and jobless through social empowerment.

Pierre Tami
Pierre Tami

Cambodia, Class of 2004

From despair to hope—Pierre Tami in Cambodia helps to regain dignity for the abused, vulnerable and jobless through social empowerment.

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Leonel Dubon
Leonel Dubon

Guatemala, Class of 2011

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

Leonel Dubon
Leonel Dubon

Guatemala, Class of 2011

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

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Mariliana Morales Berrios
Mariliana Morales Berrios

Costa Rica, Class of 2009

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, Class of 2009

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

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Mariliana Morales Berrios
Mariliana Morales Berrios

Costa Rica, Class of 2009

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, Class of 2009

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

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Raimi Vincent Paraiso
Raimi Vincent Paraiso

Republic of Congo, Class of 2012

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

Raimi Vincent Paraiso
Raimi Vincent Paraiso

Republic of Congo, Class of 2012

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

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Raimi Vincent Paraiso
Raimi Vincent Paraiso

Republic of Congo, Class of 2012

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

Raimi Vincent Paraiso
Raimi Vincent Paraiso

Republic of Congo, Class of 2012

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

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Lydia Cacho Ribeiro
Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

Mexico, Class of 2007

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.

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro
Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

Mexico, Class of 2007

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.

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Amela Efendic
Amela Efendic

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Class of 2011

Amela Efendic has worked for over a decade to assist victims of trafficking, and spread awareness throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Amela Efendic
Amela Efendic

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Class of 2011

Amela Efendic has worked for over a decade to assist victims of trafficking, and spread awareness throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Azezet Habtezghi Kidane
Azezet Habtezghi Kidane

Israel, Class of 2012

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

Azezet Habtezghi Kidane
Azezet Habtezghi Kidane

Israel, Class of 2012

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

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Benjamin Perrin
Benjamin Perrin

Canada, Class of 2009

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

Benjamin Perrin
Benjamin Perrin

Canada, Class of 2009

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

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Christine Sabiyumva
Christine Sabiyumva

Burundi, Class of 2010

The first woman to become an army officer in Burundi, Ms. Sabiyumva has taken a stand against the sexual exploitation of children.

Christine Sabiyumva
Christine Sabiyumva

Burundi, Class of 2010

The first woman to become an army officer in Burundi, Ms. Sabiyumva has taken a stand against the sexual exploitation of children.

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David and Julie Brown
David and Julie Brown

Morocco, Class of 2008

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.

David and Julie Brown
David and Julie Brown

Morocco, Class of 2008

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.

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Esme Kisting
Esme Kisting

Namibia, Class of 2011

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

Esme Kisting
Esme Kisting

Namibia, Class of 2011

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

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Esohe Aghatise
Esohe Aghatise

Italy, Class of 2007

Dr. Esohe Aghatise, an international lawyer, began working to help women who had been trafficked in 1998 when she founded her organization: IROKO.

Esohe Aghatise
Esohe Aghatise

Italy, Class of 2007

Dr. Esohe Aghatise, an international lawyer, began working to help women who had been trafficked in 1998 when she founded her organization: IROKO.

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Ganbayasgakh Geleg
Ganbayasgakh Geleg

Mongolia, Class of 2010

The founder of the Mongolian Gender Equality Center, Ganbayasgakh Geleg has been helping victims of trafficking since 2002.

Ganbayasgakh Geleg
Ganbayasgakh Geleg

Mongolia, Class of 2010

The founder of the Mongolian Gender Equality Center, Ganbayasgakh Geleg has been helping victims of trafficking since 2002.

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Gilbert Munda
Gilbert Munda

Democratic Republic of Congo, Class of 2014

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

Gilbert Munda
Gilbert Munda

Democratic Republic of Congo, Class of 2014

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

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Brother Xavier Plassat
Brother Xavier Plassat

Brazil, Class of 2010

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

Brother Xavier Plassat
Brother Xavier Plassat

Brazil, Class of 2010

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

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Charimaya Tamang
Charimaya Tamang

Nepal, Class of 2011

Charimaya Tamang, a victim of sex trafficking, became the first to file a complaint with the district police.

Charimaya Tamang
Charimaya Tamang

Nepal, Class of 2011

Charimaya Tamang, a victim of sex trafficking, became the first to file a complaint with the district police.

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Norotiana Ramboarivelo Jeannoda
Norotiana Ramboarivelo Jeannoda

Madagascar, Class of 2015

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

Norotiana Ramboarivelo Jeannoda
Norotiana Ramboarivelo Jeannoda

Madagascar, Class of 2015

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

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Catherine Groenendijk-Nabukwasi
Catherine Groenendijk-Nabukwasi

South Sudan, Class of 2015

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, Class of 2015

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

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Catherine Groenendijk-Nabukwasi
Catherine Groenendijk-Nabukwasi

South Sudan, Class of 2015

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, Class of 2015

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

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Philip Hyldgaard
Philip Hyldgaard

Greece, Class of 2012

Philip Hyldgaard, Executive Director of The A21 Campaign, helped establish the organization's first office in Greece, and opened their first shelter.

Philip Hyldgaard
Philip Hyldgaard

Greece, Class of 2012

Philip Hyldgaard, Executive Director of The A21 Campaign, helped establish the organization's first office in Greece, and opened their first shelter.

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Issa Kouyaté
Issa Kouyaté

Senegal, Class of 2016

Issa Kouyaté
Issa Kouyaté

Senegal, Class of 2016

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Yosief Abrham Mehari
Yosief Abrham Mehari

Sudan, Class of 2018

Yosief Abrham Mehari is a practicing medical doctor who has demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to serving survivors of human trafficking in Sudan.

Yosief Abrham Mehari
Yosief Abrham Mehari

Sudan, Class of 2018

Yosief Abrham Mehari is a practicing medical doctor who has demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to serving survivors of human trafficking in Sudan.

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Sunita Danuwar
Sunita Danuwar

Nepal, Class of 2018

Sunita Danuwar has made the remarkable transformation from trafficking victim to one of Nepal’s leading social activists.

Sunita Danuwar
Sunita Danuwar

Nepal, Class of 2018

Sunita Danuwar has made the remarkable transformation from trafficking victim to one of Nepal’s leading social activists.

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Francisca Awah Mbuli
Francisca Awah Mbuli

Cameroon, Class of 2018

Francisca Awah Mbuli is a survivor of human trafficking and the founding director of Survivors’ Network.

Francisca Awah Mbuli
Francisca Awah Mbuli

Cameroon, Class of 2018

Francisca Awah Mbuli is a survivor of human trafficking and the founding director of Survivors’ Network.

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