Ashoka Fellow Dr. Sunitha Krishnan Awarded Padma Shri for Anti-Trafficking Work

Dr. Sunitha Krishnan, noted for her longtime activism to rescue sex trafficking victims and organize citizen-state collaboration on anti-trafficking measures, was awarded one of India's highest civilian honors, the Padma Shri. Krishnan was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2002.

She is the founder of the organisation Prajwala. Most recently, Krishnan initiated the "Swaraksha" campaign in Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Odisha states. Volunteers, including formerly trafficked women, speak with citizens to raise awareness about the dangers and prevalence of sex trafficking. 


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