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Irén Ádámné Dunai
Irén Ádámné Dunai

Hungary, Class of 2010

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.

Irén Ádámné Dunai
Irén Ádámné Dunai

Hungary, Class of 2010

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.

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Major D. Tumenbayar
Major D. Tumenbayar

Mongolia, Class of 2008

A high-ranking Police Officer in the South of Mongolia, Major Tumenbayar has been crucial to the fight against cross-border human trafficking.

Major D. Tumenbayar
Major D. Tumenbayar

Mongolia, Class of 2008

A high-ranking Police Officer in the South of Mongolia, Major Tumenbayar has been crucial to the fight against cross-border human trafficking.

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Jeanette Richardson-Baars
Jeanette Richardson-Baars

Aruba, Class of 2012

The Deputy Police Commissioner of Aruba, Jeanette Richardson-Baars has taken steps to help victims, and to build awareness of human trafficking.

Jeanette Richardson-Baars
Jeanette Richardson-Baars

Aruba, Class of 2012

The Deputy Police Commissioner of Aruba, Jeanette Richardson-Baars has taken steps to help victims, and to build awareness of human trafficking.

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Lucy Blacio
Lucy Blacio

Ecuador, Class of 2007

As a prosecutor in Ecuador, Lucy Blacio courageously pursued the first cases to be prosecuted under Ecuador’s anti-human trafficking statutes.

Lucy Blacio
Lucy Blacio

Ecuador, Class of 2007

As a prosecutor in Ecuador, Lucy Blacio courageously pursued the first cases to be prosecuted under Ecuador’s anti-human trafficking statutes.

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Laura Germino
Laura Germino

United States of America, Class of 2010

Working with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Laura Germino began fighting against modern-day slavery in the Tomato picking industry.

Laura Germino
Laura Germino

United States of America, Class of 2010

Working with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Laura Germino began fighting against modern-day slavery in the Tomato picking industry.

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Ippei Torii
Ippei Torii

Japan, Class of 2013

Ippei Torii, the Secretary General of the Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan, has provided assistance to thousands of workers.

Ippei Torii
Ippei Torii

Japan, Class of 2013

Ippei Torii, the Secretary General of the Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan, has provided assistance to thousands of workers.

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Kailash Satyarthi
Kailash Satyarthi

India, Class of 2007

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi has freed an estimated 83,000 children from forced and bonded labor since the 1980s.

Kailash Satyarthi
Kailash Satyarthi

India, Class of 2007

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi has freed an estimated 83,000 children from forced and bonded labor since the 1980s.

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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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Natalia Abdullayeva
Natalia Abdullayeva

Uzbekistan, Class of 2010

Specializing in spreading awareness, Natalia Abdullayeva works to make sure the labor force of Uzbekistan remains informed about trafficking.

Natalia Abdullayeva
Natalia Abdullayeva

Uzbekistan, Class of 2010

Specializing in spreading awareness, Natalia Abdullayeva works to make sure the labor force of Uzbekistan remains informed about trafficking.

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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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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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Angelina Atyam
Angelina Atyam

Uganda, Class of 2005

Angelina Atyam’s fight to combat human trafficking was personal: the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) abducted her daughter.

Angelina Atyam
Angelina Atyam

Uganda, Class of 2005

Angelina Atyam’s fight to combat human trafficking was personal: the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) abducted her daughter.

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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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Bonnie Miller
Bonnie Miller

Greece, Class of 2004

Bonnie Miller tirelessly pursued cooperative efforts to combat modern-day slavery, raised awareness, and established resources.

Bonnie Miller
Bonnie Miller

Greece, Class of 2004

Bonnie Miller tirelessly pursued cooperative efforts to combat modern-day slavery, raised awareness, and established resources.

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Chief Togbega Hadjor
Chief Togbega Hadjor

Ghana, Class of 2004

Chief Togbega Hadjor is chief over the region which includes the infamous Lake Volta, where young boys are sold as slaves to fishermen.

Chief Togbega Hadjor
Chief Togbega Hadjor

Ghana, Class of 2004

Chief Togbega Hadjor is chief over the region which includes the infamous Lake Volta, where young boys are sold as slaves to fishermen.

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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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Dilcya Garcia Espinosa De Los Monteros
Dilcya Garcia Espinosa De Los Monteros

Mexico, Class of 2011

She secured the first conviction for Trafficking in Persons in Mexico, a landmark in their fight against modern-day slavery.

Dilcya Garcia Espinosa De Los Monteros
Dilcya Garcia Espinosa De Los Monteros

Mexico, Class of 2011

She secured the first conviction for Trafficking in Persons in Mexico, a landmark in their fight against modern-day slavery.

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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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Eva Biaudet
Eva Biaudet

Finland, Class of 2011

A familiar face in Finnish politics for twenty years, Eva Biaudet, as the Ombudsman for Minorities, advocates for better responses to trafficking.

Eva Biaudet
Eva Biaudet

Finland, Class of 2011

A familiar face in Finnish politics for twenty years, Eva Biaudet, as the Ombudsman for Minorities, advocates for better responses to trafficking.

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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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Guy Jacobson & Adi Ezroni
Guy Jacobson & Adi Ezroni

Cambodia, Class of 2008

In 2004, Guy Jacobson, a lawyer, and Adi Ezroni, an Israeli Actress, founded the Redlight Children Campaign to combat child sex trafficking.

Guy Jacobson & Adi Ezroni
Guy Jacobson & Adi Ezroni

Cambodia, Class of 2008

In 2004, Guy Jacobson, a lawyer, and Adi Ezroni, an Israeli Actress, founded the Redlight Children Campaign to combat child sex trafficking.

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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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Irene Fernandez
Irene Fernandez

Malaysia, Class of 2006

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.

Irene Fernandez
Irene Fernandez

Malaysia, Class of 2006

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.

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Jean Claude Mbvoumin
Jean Claude Mbvoumin

France, Class of 2008

After retiring from a successful soccer (football) career, Jean Claude Mbvoumin made it his mission to help African victims of fraudulent football recruiting.

Jean Claude Mbvoumin
Jean Claude Mbvoumin

France, Class of 2008

After retiring from a successful soccer (football) career, Jean Claude Mbvoumin made it his mission to help African victims of fraudulent football recruiting.

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Ameena Saeed Hasan
Ameena Saeed Hasan

Iraq, Class of 2015

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.

Ameena Saeed Hasan
Ameena Saeed Hasan

Iraq, Class of 2015

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.

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Darlene Pajarito
Darlene Pajarito

Philippines, Class of 2011

Despite juggling an average case-load of 300 criminal cases, Prosecutor Darlene Pajarito has still managed to bring traffickers to justice.

Darlene Pajarito
Darlene Pajarito

Philippines, Class of 2011

Despite juggling an average case-load of 300 criminal cases, Prosecutor Darlene Pajarito has still managed to bring traffickers to justice.

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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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Tony Maddox
Tony Maddox

United States of America, Class of 2015

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, Class of 2015

Tony Maddox, a journalist-executive, founded the CNN Freedom Project, the greatest awareness project in anti-human trafficking.

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Tony Maddox
Tony Maddox

United States of America, Class of 2015

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, Class of 2015

Tony Maddox, a journalist-executive, founded the CNN Freedom Project, the greatest awareness project in anti-human trafficking.

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Anas Aremeyaw Anas
Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Ghana, Class of 2008

A secretive investigative Journalist from Ghana, Anas Aremeyaw Anas helped to bring down two major human trafficking rings in Ghana in 2007 and 2008.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas
Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Ghana, Class of 2008

A secretive investigative Journalist from Ghana, Anas Aremeyaw Anas helped to bring down two major human trafficking rings in Ghana in 2007 and 2008.

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Maizidah Salas
Maizidah Salas

Indonesia, Class of 2018

Maizidah Salas is a leading voice for migrant worker rights in Indonesia.

Maizidah Salas
Maizidah Salas

Indonesia, Class of 2018

Maizidah Salas is a leading voice for migrant worker rights in Indonesia.

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Blessing Okoedion
Blessing Okoedion

Nigeria, Class of 2018

Ms. Okoedion plays an integral role in pushing Italian authorities to ensure that survivors, especially Nigerian women and girls, receive the services they deserve.

Blessing Okoedion
Blessing Okoedion

Nigeria, Class of 2018

Ms. Okoedion plays an integral role in pushing Italian authorities to ensure that survivors, especially Nigerian women and girls, receive the services they deserve.

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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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