Awards & Recognition

2015 NGO CSW Woman of Distinction Award (2015)

Ruchira Gupta
Learn more about this award and Ruchira Gupta's work in the NGO CSW/NY Press Release

Feerick Center For Social Justice Awards (2012)

Norma Ramos, Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
Honored for her commitment to social justice through scholarship and service in the field of human trafficking. For embodying the values of the Social Justice Center by addressing poverty-related issues in New York City.

The Gleitsman International Activist Award (2011)

Teresa Ulloa Ziáurriz, Regional Director, CATW-Latin America and the Caribbean
Awarded by the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, honoring her 40 years of work fighting human trafficking and violence against women. Recognizing her leadership in social activism, improving the quality of life and inspiring others to do the same.

Federal Chamber of Deputies Award (2011)

Teresa Ulloa Ziaurriz, Regional Director, CATW-Latin America and the Caribbean.
Recognized for her work in drafting the new anti-trafficking law in Mexico. Awarded by the Special Commission to Prevent and Sanction Trafficking in Persons of the Federal Chamber of Deputies.

Dame Nita Barrow Distinguished Visitor (2011)

Teresa Ulloa Ziaurriz, Regional Director, CATW-Latin America and the Caribbean
Selected as the 13th Dame Nita Barrow Distinguished Visitor by the University of Toronto for her leadership role in women’s organizing for transformative change.

The Soroptimist Ruby Award (2011)

Jean Enriquez, Executive Director, CATW-Asia Pacific
Honoring women, who through their professional or personal efforts, have improved the lives of women and girls.

Yahoo! Pitong Pinoy (2011)

Jean Enriquez, Executive Director, CATW-Asia Pacific
Recognized as a modern day Filipino hero who has inspired national pride among Filipinos and acknowledging the contributions she made by inspiring individuals through volunteer and advocacy work.

CNN's Top 10 Heroes (2010)

Anuradha Koirala, Chairperson of Maiti Nepal and partner of CATW
Recognizing Anuradha Koirala and her organization Maiti Nepal, for providing safe shelter, support services, rescue and rehabilitation to more than 12,000 victims of sex trafficking since 1993.

The Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service (2010)

Jean Enriquez, Executive Director, CATW-Asia Pacific
Recognizing her campaigns against human trafficking in the Philippines.

Philippine Representative to the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Women and Children (ACWC) (2010)

Aurora Javate-De Dios, President of the Board of Directors of CATW
Appointed a member to the ACWC to help provide data and analysis on the social impact of the global financial crisis on children’s welfare and issues.

The Gender Equality Prize of Iceland (2010)

Gudrun Jonsdottir of Stigamot
Awarded by the Gender Equality Council and the Minister of Social Affairs in Iceland for her work in the field of gender equality.

Hispanic National Bar Association Commission on Latinas in the Legal Profession (2010)

Norma Ramos, Executive Director, CATW
Honoring Latina pioneers who have made significant contributions to the legal profession and to the Latino community.

Women Humanist Heroine Award (2009)

Norma Ramos, Executive Director, CATW
Recognizing outstanding feminists for their significant contributions to the advancement of women’s rights and equality.

Clinton Global Citizen Award (2009)

Ruchira Gupta, Founder and President of APNE AAP Women Worldwide
Recognizing her relentless efforts in solving the global challenges of human trafficking and gender based violence.

Abely’s Award (2008)

Teresa Ulloa Ziáurriz, Regional Director, CATW-Latin America and the Caribbean
Honoring her exceptional leadership in the field of domestic violence.

National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons Award (2008)

Esohe Aghatise, Executive Director of Associazione IROKO Onlus
Awarded by the Nigerian government for outstanding citizenship.

The Abolitionist Award (2007)

Ruchira Gupta, Founder and President of APNE AAP Women Worldwide
Awarded by the Parliament of the United Kingdom honoring heroes in the fight against modern day slavery.

International Woman Award (2007)

Janice G. Raymond, Former Executive Director and Board Member of CATW
Awarded by the Zero Tolerance Trust in Glasgow, Scotland for her work to end violence against women and sexual exploitation.

Women of Distinction Award (2007)

Dorchen A. Leidholdt, Co-Founder and Board Member of CATW and Legal Director of Sanctuary for Families
Awarded by the League of Women Voters for making a significant contribution to her chosen field.

Honored by the U.S. State Department (2007)

Esohe Aghatise, Executive Director of Associazione IROKO Onlus
Nominated as a “Hero in the fight against modern day slavery.”

In the Trenches Award (2006)

Dorchen A. Leidholdt, Co-Founder and Board Member of CATW and Legal Director of Sanctuary for Families
Awarded by the Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence.

Premio di Donna nel Terzo Millenio: Madre Teresa di Calcutta (2005)

Esohe Aghatise, Executive Director of Associazione IROKO Onlus. (CATW representative in Italy and Nigeria.)
Honored for her work against trafficking in the XVIII Edition of the “ELIO VITTORINI” Literary and Artistic Prize Awards.

Pro Bono Publico Award (2005)

Dorchen A. Leidholdt, Co-Founder of CATW and Legal Director of Sanctuary for Families
Recognized by the Legal Aid Society for her advocacy on behalf of a domestic violence victim. Her intensive efforts helped her client obtain clemency form Governor George Pataki.

Puerto Rican Bar Association-Flor De Maga Award (2004)

Norma Ramos, Executive Director, CATW
Honored for her work to end violence against women.

Equality Prize from the City of Bergen, Norway (1997, 2001, 2003) (2003)

Agnete Strom, International Co-ordinator of the Women's Front and CATW Board Member.
Agnete Strom, International Co-ordinator of the Women's FrontAwarded by the city of Bergen, Norway on behalf of the Women's Front of Norway. Recognized for her work in ending violence against women and improving women's rights.

Appointed United Nations Expert on Human Trafficking (2002)

Esohe Aghatise, Executive Director of Associazione IROKO Onlus.

Women of Power & Influence Award (2002)

Dorchen A. Leidholdt, Co-Founder and Board Member of CATW and Legal Director of Sanctuary for Families
National Organization of Women, New York Chapter – for her activism and leadership in ending violence against women and for her dedication to furthering the rights of women.

The New York University School of Law Public Interest Law Foundation Award (2000)

Dorchen A. Leidholdt, Co-Founder and Board Member of CATW and Legal Director of Sanctuary for Families
Honored for her"outstanding contributions in public interest law.”

The Emmy Award (1997)

Ruchira Gupta, Founder and President of APNE AAP Women Worldwide.
Recognizing her ‘outstanding investigative journalism’ for her documentary, 'The Selling of Innocents.” This documentary focuses on the trafficking of women and children from the villages of Nepal to the brothels of Mumbai.

United Nations Capitol Association Human Rights Award (1994)

Dorchen A. Leidholdt, Co-Founder and Board Member of CATW and Legal Director of Sanctuary for Families
Honoring her outstanding leadership in breaking the cycle of domestic violence.