Queens Stories - The War Against Human Trafficking: Shandra Woworuntu
Shandra Woworuntu is a member of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, and a survivor of human trafficking and domestic violence.
Woworuntu was born in Indonesia, and in 2001 she travelled to the USA expecting a job in the hospitality industry, but was instead forced to work as a prostitute. She eventually escaped her captors and helped convict her traffickers. In 2010, Woworuntu was granted permanent residency in the USA.
On December 16, 2015, President Obama appointed Woworuntu as one of 11 members of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and the council held their first meeting on October 18, 2016.
She is the founder of the Mentari Human Trafficking Survivor Empowerment Program – an organization aimed at empowering human trafficking victims