Each year, the U.S. Department of State honors individuals around the world who have devoted their lives to the fight against human trafficking. This year, Hungarian sociologist, human rights activist and former CEU researcher Viktoria Sebhelyi was named one of the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Heroes, receiving the Hero Acting to End Modern Slavery Award.
Sebhelyi, whose groundbreaking research has been instrumental in increasing awareness and understanding of human trafficking among policymakers and NGO service providers in Hungary, worked as a researcher and legal analyst between 2013 and 2015 at CEU’s Center for Policy Studies. She wrote a report for the research project CONFRONT on the prevalence and characteristics of child sex trafficking in Hungary—the first of its kind.
For more information on Sebhelyi's award, see https://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2017/271116.htm