2017TOP 100Human Trafficking & Slavery Influence Leaders

What Is the Top 100 Human Trafficking & Slavery Influence Leaders List?

The Top 100 Human Trafficking & Slavery Influence Leaders List recognizes leaders making a difference in the human trafficking and slavery space. These leaders shape the future of supply chain excellence and corporate social responsibility with their outstanding contributions to the reduction of human trafficking and slavery through increasing public awareness, advocating for supply chain education and helping companies around the globe meet their responsible sourcing goals.

Introducing This year's Influence Leaders

Who made this year’s Top 100 Human Trafficking & Slavery Influence Leaders List? These leaders have made outstanding contributions towards human trafficking and slavery compliance.

Aditi Wanchoo

Senior Manager of Development Partnerships, Social & Environmental Affairs, Asia Pacific

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#1 Aditi Wanchoo

As Senior Manager of Development Partnerships, Social & Environmental Affairs, Asia Pacific, for the Adidas Group, Aditi Wanchoo is responsible for developing a modern slavery outreach program and eliminating human trafficking from the company's supply chain. Over the past 14 years, Ms. Wanchoo has worked with leading nonprofit organizations such as Greenpeace and Leonard Cheshire International.


#2 Shawn MacDonald

Shawn MacDonald is the CEO of Verité, a civil society organization that promotes workers’ rights in global supply chains through research, consulting, training, assessments and policy advocacy. He has broad experience in labor rights, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, workplace health and multi-sector partnerships, and works to bring new approaches to the urgent problem of forced labor.


#3 Luis C.deBaca

Luis C.deBaca is a lawyer and diplomat who formerly served as the Director of the Department of Justice SMART Office. Prior to this, he acted as Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. From 2000 to 2007, Mr. C.deBaca tried more than 100 cases as chief counsel of the DOJ's Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit. He was also instrumental in developing the survivor-centered approach to combating modern slavery, which means that former slaves are assisted in establishing normal lives, rather than deported or otherwise treated as criminals.


Luis C.deBaca

Former Director, Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehension, Registration, and Tracking (SMART) Office

U.S. Department of Justice
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Shawn MacDonald


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#4 Kevin Hyland

Since 2015, Kevin Hyland has served as the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. In this role, he leads efforts to tackle slavery and human trafficking by promoting best practices among companies, NGOs and other groups. He was formerly head of the London Metropolitan Police Service’s Human Trafficking Unit, where he was involved in conducting multi-national and bi-lateral investigations and prosecutions involving organized crime groups and human trafficking.


Kevin Hyland


UK Anti-Slavery Commission
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#5 Ruchira Gupta

Based in India, journalist and activist Ruchira Gupta founded Apne Aap Women Worldwide, a grassroots organization dedicated to ending sex trafficking and empowering at-risk girls and women. Through her work, she has highlighted the link between prostitution laws and trafficking, and her activism has been recognized by various nations, government leaders and organizations around the world.


Val Floy

Chief Operating Officer

Anti-Slavery International
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#6 Val Floy

Anti-Slavery International is one of the world’s oldest human rights charitable organizations and Val Floy currently serves as its interim CEO. In her roles across a number of organizations that deal with anti-slavery, trafficking, and child homelessness, Ms. Floy has been an integral part of building up organizational capabilities for those needing to expand their reach and influence.


Ruchira Gupta


Apne Aap Women Worldwide
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#7 Theresa Flores

Herself a survivor of human trafficking, Theresa Flores works to educate people on the realities of human trafficking. She founded Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution (S.O.A.P.), a nonprofit that aims to prevent the trafficking of youths, and has received numerous awards for her work, including Ohio's Courage Award and Soroptimist International's Ruby Award. In 2015, the Michigan Senate Bill was amended to include Theresa Flores' Law, which raises the statute of limitations on human trafficking from six to 25 years.


John King


Give Them a Voice
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#8 John King

John King's work as a poet, author, activist and speaker routinely serves as a voice for those affected by human trafficking. His personal story drives him to confront sexual abuse and human trafficking in a positive manner, and in 2015, he founded Give Them a Voice, an inclusive organization that focuses on helping men and boys who have been victimized by human trafficking.


Theresa Flores


Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution (S.O.A.P.)
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#9 Brenda Schultz

As Director of Responsible Business at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Brenda Schultz drives the creation and implementation of the company’s Responsible Business strategy. Ms. Schultz champions anti-trafficking initiatives within Carlson Rezidor, including the creation of robust human trafficking awareness training for employees, and partnering with ECPAT-USA to create hotel signage that features the National Human Trafficking Hotline as a resource for reporting suspected cases of trafficking and for survivors to reach out for life-saving services.


#10 Andrew Forrest

Andrew Forrest is Co-Founder of the Walk Free Foundation, an organization created to bring attention to contemporary slavery and human trafficking in supply chains around the globe. The foundation, created in collaboration with his wife, Nicola Forrest, and their daughter, is responsible for the rise of the Modern Slavery Index, among other achievements. Walk Free is soon to relaunch under a new name, Freedom United.


Andrew Forrest


Walk Free Foundation
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Brenda Schultz

Director of Responsible Business

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
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Alexandra Field

International Correspondent


Tamara Box

Managing Partner, Europe and the Middle East
Reed Smith LLP


Sylvia Yu Friedman



John Vanek

Consultant and Author
U.S. Department of Health


Ashton Kutcher



Luna Lee

Human Rights Leader
Eileen Fisher


Chris White

Principal Program Manager


Malea Otranto

End Trafficking Fellow


Michael Littenberg

Ropes & Gray LLP

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About the List

The Top 100 Human Trafficking & Slavery Influence Leaders List is independently researched by Lucas Taylor, University of Notre Dame MBA and LDT Consulting, on behalf of Assent Compliance. Using the developed scoring algorithm, participants are added to the list and adjusted based on individual research by LDT Consulting. This list is revised annually to reflect the evolving regulatory landscape.


About the Author

Mr. Taylor’s career is focused on providing strategic insights across industries, from office supplies to semiconductors. His client portfolio includes Fortune 500s, Wall Street and start-ups. He has also independently researched and collaborated with Assent Compliance to produce the Top 100 Conflict Mineral Influencers List.

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