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Agnes Igoye, Uganda’s Deputy National Coordinator for the Prevention of Trafficking

Agnes IgoyeAgnes Igoye escaped from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) at age 14 after they raided her home village in Uganda demanding virgins. Following her escape from human trafficking, Igoye made it her lifelong mission to prevent human trafficking, work with survivors, and educate. Igoye runs a center for human trafficking survivors, she was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Minnesota and studied forced migration at Oxford. Currently, Agnes Igoye is serving as the Ugandan Deputy National Coordinator for the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons. She is also the head of Uganda's Immigration Training Academy. Along with her numerous leadership positions and her tireless work fighting against human trafficking, Igoye has several TED talks and is working to educate people about the dangers and realities of trafficking.

The Global Scholars will virtually host Agnes Igoye in October 2020 to hear her story, learn more about human trafficking prevention, and engage in important dialogue around trafficking and education.

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Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

Speaker: Nadia MuradNadia Murad is a member of the Yazīdī minority in northern Iraq, and in 2014 the Islamic State (ISIL attacked her home village of Kocho, Sinjar District. Hundreds were massacred, including Nadia’s mother and six of her brothers. More than 6,700 girls and young women were abducted and held as sex slaves, including Murad. After three months she managed to flee.

In 2015, Murad left for Germany as part of a refugee program for survivors of ISIL, and in 2016, she was appointed the first United Nations’ Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. She is the founder of Nadia’s Initiative, an organization dedicated to helping women and children victimized by genocide, mass atrocities, and human trafficking to heal and rebuild their lives and communities. In 2018, she earned the Nobel Peace Prize “for [her] efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”

Nadia Murad is the author of "The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and my Fight Against the Islamic State."

Nadia Murad was the first speaker in series on Sept 16, 2019.