A Finance and Banking Management degree did not protect Shandra Woworuntu from falling into the clutches of vicious traffickers. Her daring escape and bravery in helping prosecute her traffickers began her fight against trafficking. As the founder of Mentari, a U.S. representative at Vital Voices, a participant at the first Federal Survivor Forum Listening Session at the White House, and as New Jersey’s Human Trafficking Commissioner, Ms. Woworuntu raises awareness, empowers survivors, and lobbies for more effective measures to fight trafficking.
“Raising awareness through education is the best way to end human trafficking. I was trafficked in your backyard, in New York and in surrounding areas, and my experience taught me to make sure survivors are protected and receive proper help. I also want to see more effective anti-trafficking laws both implemented and enforced.”