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The strength of Ms. Roseau’s personality and the depth of her convictions have helped her projects succeed despite working in a challenging environment with serious limitations in resources. Yet she remains dedicated, energetic and enthusiastic. Because of her continued leadership, trafficking victims in Antigua and Barbuda now have legal protections.
Charimaya Tamang Nepal
Eva Biaudet Finland In establishing the Finnish National Rapporteur, the Government of Finland had the courage to examine its trafficking problem in its unvarnished form. But the success of this independent institution depended on the strength of the Rapporteur herself. Eva Biaudet, an international leader on women’s rights and anti-trafficking efforts, has answered the challenge. The research and advocacy conducted by her and her team has motivated the country to take trafficking seriously and to work collaboratively to address systematic weaknesses in the government’s response. Her report examines trafficking from diverse perspectives, identifying vulnerabilities in all areas of the government’s anti-trafficking program and recommending policy changes. Her critique’s frank and in-depth review of the current state of human trafficking in Finland served as a wake-up call to prompt legislative dialogue on initiatives to combat the crime, including discourse among lawmakers regarding the need for a dedicated anti-trafficking law enforcement unit. Her proposals led to a recommendation by the Parliamentary Steering Group to revise the country’s penal code calling for enhanced victim identification efforts and this revision is expected to occur following the April 2011 elections. Under Ms. Biaudet’s guidance, the rapporteur’s office has not only been a prolific reviewer of Finland’s trafficking situations, but has led efforts to train authorities on victim assistance. It has collaborated with the media to ensure that human trafficking remains a matter of public concern. Ms. Biaudet’s brave leadership of this independent institution sets the tone and raises the standard for countries’ self-monitoring of trafficking efforts.
Ms. Biaudet was the OSCE’s special representative for combating human trafficking in Vienna from 2006 to 2009. She is also active in a number of anti-trafficking and women’s rights NGOs.
Born into a poor family made poorer by the passing of her father, Charimaya Tamang was 16 when she was trafficked to India. She spent 22 months enslaved in a brothel before the Indian government rescued her and more than 200 other Nepali women in 1996. Upon her return to Nepal, Ms. Tamang faced social stigma and was outcast from her own community. But she courageously filed a case against her traffickers, becoming the first person to file personally a trafficking case with the district police. In 1997, the District Court – in a landmark decision – convicted and sentenced eight offenders involved in her case. In 2000, Ms. Tamang and 15 other survivors established Shakti Sumaha, an anti-trafficking NGO. She received a national honor for her work in 2007 and is currently one of two trafficking survivors serving as members of the governmentled National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, which was founded in 2009. In that role, Ms. Tamang raised the importance of including survivors in each district-level working group. There are now five trafficking survivors serving as members of district-level committees around the country.
Swati Chauhan India Magistrate Swati Chauhan was appointed in 2008 to preside over Mumbai’s newly created special court for administering the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act (ITPA). In that time, she has cleared hundreds of backlogged trafficking cases, issued rehabilitation orders for more than 1,200 rescued girls and women,
Published on Jun 26, 2012