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Ma. Cecilia Flores-Oebanda


Cecilia or “Nanay Day” ​to the survivors Voice of the Free (VF) cares for, is a globally recognized human rights advocate and freedom fighter. She is also regarded as an international expert on humantrafficking, child labor, and domestic work. She is currently the Women’s Sector NGO representative at the Philippine Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT).
A Freedom Fighter even in her youth, Cecilia dedicated her life to ending modern slavery by fighting for the Filipino people's liberation form the tyranny of the Marcos regime, and eventually founding Visayan Forum after her release from being a political prisoner. Since then she has successfully established global best practices to fight human trafficking.
Cecilia was featured in a  two-hour CNN Freedom Project documentary entitles "The Fighters", which became instrumental in busting a child pornography ring.
She has received the following awards:
● Anti-Slavery Award 2005 from Anti-Slavery International
● One of the Modern-Day Abolitionists by the UK Government in the celebration of the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in 2007
● Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2008 by the Skoll Foundation
● One of its Heroes Acting to End Modern-Day Slavery in the U.S. Department of State - Trafficking in Persons Report 2008
● World’s Children’s Honorary Award in the 2011 World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child in Sweden
● US Department of Labor Iqbal Masih Award


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