Amihan Abueva’s laugh can draw return laughter from just about anyone – even children who have survived sex trafficking and government ministers she is convincing to take action. Amihan has more than 20 years experience making survivors smile, helping communities become vigilant, and demanding action from governments around the globe to stop children from being sexually exploited.
Amihan lives out of a suitcase as she creates networks of unlikely partners in the battle against child sex trafficking. She is ‘at home’ in any setting, one day spending time in a trafficking-ridden shantytown, and the next day bringing real-world concerns to a national legislature. Throughout her career she has taken care to ground policy changes in the reality of people most affected by slavery and trafficking. Consistently over decades, Amihan has done whatever it takes to protect children from this abuse. Even when it was taboo to do so.