Leadership Council Members

  • David Makara

    Makara is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He chose his career as a lawyer after he was brutally shot by a police officer, wrongfully accused of a crime, and imprisoned. When the charges were finally dropped, Makara decided to go to law school.

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  • Jakelin Mayen

    Jakelin is the Coordinator of Survivors Network for IJM Guatemala, and she is currently a law school student.

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  • Josephine Aparo

    Josephine is a social worker with a passion to serve women, children and families who have survived violence. Josephine was orphaned as a young girl in Northern Uganda, and she lived through a two-decade civil war that tore apart her family and her country. Her own story of struggle and triumph fuels her desire to help other women stand strong.

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  • Lara

    Lara is currently a student pursuing studies in science to become a nurse in India. Lara is an active participant in elocution competitions, dance performances and theatre through her school.

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  • M. Raja Ebenezer

    Raja is a practicing Advocate at the Honorable Madras High Court and other courts across the state of Tamil Nadu. Raja is a survivor of bonded labor, and he regularly shares about his own story of restoration with other survivors in a local survivor mentorship group.

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  • Pachaiyammal Arul

    Pachaiyammal is a cluster coordinator for the State Rural Livelihood Mission, a pilot project to increase access to government programs for survivors of bonded labour. Pachaiyammal was enslaved in a rock quarry in South India for twelve years, and she is passionate about ending modern slavery across her state and nation.

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  • Charito

    Charito works as a Medical Social Worker in a Cebu hospital. Charito is a survivor of trafficking, and she shares her story of strength with other survivors and to groups or school programs that support ending violence. She is part of the S.M.A.R.T. group in the Visayas Region, which is part of the Global Survivor Network. On her day off, Charito loves spending time with her family and volunteering in the shelter where she once lived.

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  • Vanessa Bautista

    Vanessa works as an Account Executive in an Information Technology company based in Washington D.C. She grew up, studied, and was licensed as a Social Worker in the Philippines.

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  • VICTORIA NYANJURA

    Victoria is a women’s rights advocate based in Uganda. She is a survivor of Lord’s Resistance Army abductions and has shared her story and amplified the stories of other survivors from local, national, and international platforms.

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