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Dr. Sunitha Krishnan Conferred with 'Real Heroes' Award for her Contribution to Combat Human Trafficking, on 19 April 2008
Contributed by Pinky Pradhan, Communication and Advocacy Officer, UNODC
Dr. Sunitha Krishnan the chief functionary and co-founder of Prajwala
Dr. Sunitha Krishnan the chief functionary and co-founder of
Prajwala, has been conferred with yet another award for her exemplary work in the field of human trafficking. On 19 April 2008, she was honored with the
'Real Heroes' award. It is also worth mentioning that Prajwala was recently awarded with the prestigious AGFUND International Award for its pioneering work to combat trafficking of women and children through community partnership.
'Real Heroes' award for 2008 has been jointly constituted by Reliance Industries Limited and CNN-IBN Network and is a unique initiative to recognize unsung Indians heroes, who have made significant differences in the lives of the people. The
'Real Heroes' honored individuals from across different categories.
Congratulating Dr. Sunitha Krishnan on her achievement, Mr. Gary Lewis, Representative UNODC, said, "It is extremely gratifying to see that the issue of human trafficking - a heinous crime - is being noticed and recognized by the likes of civil society, corporate and the media."
Prajwala, based in Hyderabad, has worked with UNODC on a number of initiatives, including building the capacity of law enforcement agencies in Andhra Pradesh and developing the film, "One Life, No price". Prajwala is also an active partner in the
AHTU (Anti Human trafficking Units) set up by UNODC in partnership with the government agencies. The overall aim of the Project (set up in 2006) is to reduce the number of trafficked persons into, in and from India by further strengthening the capacity of Indian law enforcement officers.
Dr. Sunitha Krishnan has been relentlessly working for the last 16 years to combat human trafficking.