What is the Survivor Alliance?
What do we do?
Minh Dang, Director
Rebecca Bender, Director
Holly Smith, Director
Fainess Lipenga has been an active member of the National Survivor Network since 2013. As a survivor of labor trafficking, she uses her voice and experience to educate the community and raise awareness. Her mission is to prevent other survivors from being re-victimized and to give them hope and courage to heal, become leaders, and achieve their dreams. Lipenga has testified before the U.S. Congress regarding the challenges survivors face and presented to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. She has provided training for pro bono lawyers, law students, physicians, law enforcement officials, and federal prosecutors. She has spoken at national conferences and developed expert training materials. Lipenga believes survivor voices and leadership are essential to advocacy on human trafficking. She is a certified nursing assistant and continues to pursue her goal of becoming a registered nurse.
Valentine Nkoyo is an inspirational speaker, human rights activist and a campaigner against social injustices especially Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and other forms of modern slavery. She is the Director of the Mojatu Foundation charity headquartered in Nottingham, United Kingdom involved in awareness raising of modern slavery amongst other issues. She is experienced in lobbying and under her leadership, she influenced Nottingham City to officially declare Zero Tolerance for FGM- the first ever city in the UK to do so. She is currently working closely with the Kenya Anti-FGM Board to develop a national strategic plan on tackling forced marriage and FGM in Kenya. Valentine has spoken in many conferences including at United Nations, Women Federation for World Peace International and at the Houses of Commons in the United Kingdom. She has done extensive work in international development including working with the UK government sponsored scheme International Citizen Service. In recognition of her work, she has won multiple awards including Global Peace Ambassador by the Global Women’s Peace Network, The Nottingham Sheriff’s Award, Regional International Student of the year by the British Council and UK Young Woman of the Year by the Women Federation for World Peace. Valentine has a diploma in Creative Writing & Film Making, degree in Business Management, Masters in Business Administration and embarking on a PhD at the University of Nottingham focusing on forced marriage as form of modern slavery.
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