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Nirmala Bonat
Nirmala Bonat

Indonesia, Class of 2008

A domestic worker from Indonesia, Nirmala Bonat suffered at the hands of her employers, until she brought them to court.

Nirmala Bonat
Nirmala Bonat

Indonesia, Class of 2008

A domestic worker from Indonesia, Nirmala Bonat suffered at the hands of her employers, until she brought them to court.

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Katrin Gluic
Katrin Gluic

Croatia, Class of 2013

As a Chief Police Inspector with the Croatian Police, Katrin Gluic has prosecuted traffickers, assisted victims, and educated other law enforcement professionals.

Katrin Gluic
Katrin Gluic

Croatia, Class of 2013

As a Chief Police Inspector with the Croatian Police, Katrin Gluic has prosecuted traffickers, assisted victims, and educated other law enforcement professionals.

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Sattaru Umapathi
Sattaru Umapathi

India, Class of 2010

A Policeman in Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Sattaru Umapathi has rescued victims, prosecuted traffickers, and worked extensively with local NGOs.

Sattaru Umapathi
Sattaru Umapathi

India, Class of 2010

A Policeman in Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Sattaru Umapathi has rescued victims, prosecuted traffickers, and worked extensively with local NGOs.

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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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Marcelo Colombo
Marcelo Colombo

Argentina, Class of 2012

Marcelo Colombo is the head prosecutor in Argentina for trafficking cases. His dedicated efforts makes sure traffickers face justice.

Marcelo Colombo
Marcelo Colombo

Argentina, Class of 2012

Marcelo Colombo is the head prosecutor in Argentina for trafficking cases. His dedicated efforts makes sure traffickers face justice.

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Javier Antonio Morazan & Juan Victoriano Ruiz
Javier Antonio Morazan & Juan Victoriano Ruiz

Nicaragua, Class of 2013

Javier A. Morazan, a public prosecutor, and Juan V. Ruiz, a police officer, have created an incredibly effective prosecutorial and investigative team.

Javier Antonio Morazan & Juan Victoriano Ruiz
Javier Antonio Morazan & Juan Victoriano Ruiz

Nicaragua, Class of 2013

Javier A. Morazan, a public prosecutor, and Juan V. Ruiz, a police officer, have created an incredibly effective prosecutorial and investigative team.

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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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Jhinna Pinchi
Jhinna Pinchi

Peru, Class of 2014

Jhinna Pinchi survived being trafficked for sexual exploitation, and took her traffickers to court in Peru. Two of the three are now in prison.

Jhinna Pinchi
Jhinna Pinchi

Peru, Class of 2014

Jhinna Pinchi survived being trafficked for sexual exploitation, and took her traffickers to court in Peru. Two of the three are now in prison.

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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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Patience Quaye
Patience Quaye

Ghana, Class of 2007

Patience Quaye joined the Ghana Police Service in 1977, and now serves as the Director of its Anti-Human Trafficking Unit.

Patience Quaye
Patience Quaye

Ghana, Class of 2007

Patience Quaye joined the Ghana Police Service in 1977, and now serves as the Director of its Anti-Human Trafficking Unit.

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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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Inacio Sebastiao Mussanhe
Inacio Sebastiao Mussanhe

Mozambique, Class of 2009

Hearing that girls from his home country of Mozambique were being enslaved in Pretoria, Inacio Sebastiao Mussanhe took action.

Inacio Sebastiao Mussanhe
Inacio Sebastiao Mussanhe

Mozambique, Class of 2009

Hearing that girls from his home country of Mozambique were being enslaved in Pretoria, Inacio Sebastiao Mussanhe took action.

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Paul Holmes
Paul Holmes

United Kingdom, Class of 2013

A world-renowned expert on human trafficking, and an ex-Scotland yard detective, Paul Holmes trains and educates about policing human trafficking.

Paul Holmes
Paul Holmes

United Kingdom, Class of 2013

A world-renowned expert on human trafficking, and an ex-Scotland yard detective, Paul Holmes trains and educates about policing human trafficking.

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Paul Holmes
Paul Holmes

United Kingdom, Class of 2013

A world-renowned expert on human trafficking, and an ex-Scotland yard detective, Paul Holmes trains and educates about policing human trafficking.

Paul Holmes
Paul Holmes

United Kingdom, Class of 2013

A world-renowned expert on human trafficking, and an ex-Scotland yard detective, Paul Holmes trains and educates about policing human trafficking.

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Tek Narayan Kunwar
Tek Narayan Kunwar

Nepal, Class of 2014

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.

Tek Narayan Kunwar
Tek Narayan Kunwar

Nepal, Class of 2014

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.

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Swati Chauhan
Swati Chauhan

India, Class of 2011

Magistrate Chauhan has worked through an incredible backlog of cases in administering the ITPA as part of Mumbai’s specialized court.

Swati Chauhan
Swati Chauhan

India, Class of 2011

Magistrate Chauhan has worked through an incredible backlog of cases in administering the ITPA as part of Mumbai’s specialized court.

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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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Elisabeth Sioufi
Elisabeth Sioufi

Lebanon, Class of 2014

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.

Elisabeth Sioufi
Elisabeth Sioufi

Lebanon, Class of 2014

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.

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Gary Haugen
Gary Haugen

United States of America, Class of 2012

When Gary Haugen created IJM in 1997, he was one of the first to recognize a world-wide problem: human trafficking.

Gary Haugen
Gary Haugen

United States of America, Class of 2012

When Gary Haugen created IJM in 1997, he was one of the first to recognize a world-wide problem: human trafficking.

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George Vanikiotis
George Vanikiotis

Greece, Class of 2009

Major George Vanikiotis of the Hellenic Police has been an incredible asset to anti-trafficking activists in Greece.

George Vanikiotis
George Vanikiotis

Greece, Class of 2009

Major George Vanikiotis of the Hellenic Police has been an incredible asset to anti-trafficking activists in Greece.

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Linda Al-Kalash
Linda Al-Kalash

Jordan, Class of 2010

Whether it is bringing cases to court, or providing basic legal assistance, Linda Al-Kalash and her NGO fight against forced labor.

Linda Al-Kalash
Linda Al-Kalash

Jordan, Class of 2010

Whether it is bringing cases to court, or providing basic legal assistance, Linda Al-Kalash and her NGO fight against forced labor.

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Moses Binoga
Moses Binoga

Uganda, Class of 2015

Moses Binoga leads a government task force in Uganda to combat modern-slavery. He actively advocates for better policies and cooperation.

Moses Binoga
Moses Binoga

Uganda, Class of 2015

Moses Binoga leads a government task force in Uganda to combat modern-slavery. He actively advocates for better policies and cooperation.

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Gita Miruškina
Gita Miruškina

Latvia, Class of 2015

Ms. Miruškina is the lawyer for a Latvian NGO that provides critical services and runs Latvia's human trafficking hotline.

Gita Miruškina
Gita Miruškina

Latvia, Class of 2015

Ms. Miruškina is the lawyer for a Latvian NGO that provides critical services and runs Latvia's human trafficking hotline.

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Gita Miruškina
Gita Miruškina

Latvia, Class of 2015

Ms. Miruškina is the lawyer for a Latvian NGO that provides critical services and runs Latvia's human trafficking hotline.

Gita Miruškina
Gita Miruškina

Latvia, Class of 2015

Ms. Miruškina is the lawyer for a Latvian NGO that provides critical services and runs Latvia's human trafficking hotline.

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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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Rita Theodorou Superman
Rita Theodorou Superman

Cyprus, Class of 2016

Rita Theodorou Superman
Rita Theodorou Superman

Cyprus, Class of 2016

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Karen G. I. Rigby
Karen G. I. Rigby

The Bahamas, Class of 2016

Karen G. I. Rigby
Karen G. I. Rigby

The Bahamas, Class of 2016

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Mahesh Bhagwat
Mahesh Bhagwat

India, Class of 2017

Mahesh Bhagwat
Mahesh Bhagwat

India, Class of 2017

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