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Rani Hong

Human trafficking survivor Rani Hong

Rani Hong is a survivor of child trafficking and co-founder of the Tronie Foundation, an organization that is causing a global shift in consciousness and behavior by exposing the human cost of slavery. The Foundation’s primary goal is to mentor survivors of slavery, both to become leaders and to work together with global leaders in the movement to end human trafficking. In 2010 alone, Rani spoke on behalf of survivors to many prominent leaders in politics, business and philanthropy, including the UN Secretary-General; His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Bollywood actors; entertainment celebrities Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and Mira Sorvino; First Lady of Egypt Suzanne Mubarak; and Princess Mathilde of Belgium. Recently she was invited as a participant at the inaugural Delhi Dialogue, a summit of humanitarian leaders convened by the Dalai Lama to discuss solutions to human rights suffering. By sharing her story, Rani has helped international government officials, NGO’s, corporations,  philanthropists and journalists understand the circumstances that give rise to the possibility and persistence of slavery. She was the closing speaker at the UN General Assembly’s Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking and has participated in many International Forums. Her story has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN International, BBC World News and many other international media. She has also appeared as an expert on the voice of survivors and has become a commentator for several media outlets, forums and panels. Rani is the recipient of many awards, including the 2008 Human Rights Award from the UN Association of Seattle and 2010 Jefferson Award for public service. From Survivor of Slavery to a Global Visionary Human Rights Leader, Rani’s ability to broach this difficult subject in a compelling way, while keeping the focus on the strength of the human spirit, has proved her capability as a leader in this field – evident in both the grassroots outreach and the highest conversations with global leaders. Rani Hong, along with her husband Trong Hong, who is also a child trafficking survivor, lives in Olympia, WA USA.

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