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Ruchira Gupta Founder, Apne Aap Women Worldwide and Professor at New York University, USA

 

Ruchira Gupta is a writer, feminist campaigner, teacher, and community organizer of women across the world and particularly in red-light areas and in caste-ghettoes suffering from inter-generational prostitution in India. She is the founder of Apne Aap Women Worldwide (www.apneaap.org), a grassroots movement to end sex-trafficking in India. She has designed and teaches a course on human trafficking at New York University. She writes columns for The Telegraph, Outlook, The Guardian, CNN, New York Times, Hindu and Jansatta. She has won an Emmy for her documentary, The Selling of Innocents and the Clinton Global Citizen Award for her work to end sex trafficking globally. She has testified to the United States Senate for the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, addressed the UN General Assembly on human trafficking for the creation of the Trafficking Survivor Fund, and this past year she was instrumental in the passage of India’s new anti-rape laws that also criminalise the process of trafficking, the first of its kind in her country.