2011 Civil Courage Prize Honoree
Lydia Cacho Ribeiro of Mexico and Triveni Acharya of India
Leaders in Preventing Sex Trafficking and Child Pornography
Lydia Cacho Ribeiro and Triveni Acharya are devoted advocates for women and girls, fighting tirelessly and courageously against abuse.
Ms. Cacho is an award-winning journalist, author and women's rights activist as well as the Founder and Director of the Refuge Center for Abused Women of Cancun, Mexico, and the President of the Center for Women’s Assistance. Because she has implicated influential businessmen and politicians in child abuse networks, she has faced harassment, illegal arrest, and threats to her life. Nonetheless, she continues the courageous fight against sex trafficking, domestic violence and child pornography.
Ms. Acharya is the President of the Rescue Foundation in Mumbai, India. She is deeply committed to the rescue, rehabilitation, and repatriation of women and children who have been victims of kidnapping and trafficking. The Rescue Foundation liberates approximately 300 women and girls each year from the sex trade and is responsible for the prosecution of the organized perpetrators of these crimes. She is under constant threat from the criminals behind these sex trafficking rings, yet she perseveres in the face of extreme danger.
An award ceremony was held in New York on October 19, 2011
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