Early on in her work with the Ukranian government, Oksana Horbunova was exposed to an unbelievable truth: a modern-day slave trade, fed by greed and misogyny, was claiming the lives of women around the world.
Stories of captive women poured in, but the government was slow to act on a scourge few knew existed. Oksana saw an opportunity to lift the veil on human trafficking at the 1997 Vienna Vital Voices Conference.
While there, she exposed the plight of disappearing Ukrainian women to government officials from around the world, including then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Her brave intervention produced the first U.S. – Ukraine bilateral agreement on trafficking.
Today, Oksana works with the International Organization for Migration. Her hotline gives a voice to silenced women and reunites many victims with their families.