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Rani Hong
Rani Hong
Visionary Human Rights Advocate
Special Advisor to UN.GIfT
360 790-5159
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Rani Hong is a survivor of child trafficking and co-founder of the Tronie Foundation, an organization that is causing a global shift in consciousness and behavior by exposing the human cost of slavery. The Foundation’s primary goal is to mentor survivors of slavery, both to become leaders and to work together with global leaders in the movement to end human trafficking.

In 2010 alone, Rani spoke on behalf of survivors to many prominent leaders in politics, business and philanthropy, including the UN Secretary-General; His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Bollywood actors; entertainment celebrities Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and Mira Sorvino; First Lady of Egypt Suzanne Mubarak; and Princess Mathilde of Belgium. Recently she was invited as a participant at the inaugural Delhi Dialogue, a summit of humanitarian leaders convened by the Dalai Lama to discuss solutions to human rights suffering.

By sharing her story, Rani has helped international government officials, NGO’s, corporations, philanthropists and journalists understand the circumstances that give rise to the possibility and persistence of slavery. She was the closing speaker at the UN General Assembly’s Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking and has participated in many International Forums.

Her story has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN International, BBC World News and many other international media. Rani is the recipient of many awards, including the 2008 Human Rights Award from the UN Association of Seattle and 2010 Jefferson Award for public service.

On November 2011, Rani was given a special invitation to work with the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT). In this capacity, Rani is working with UN.GIFT to implement a Global Action Plan and to help build and bridge cooperation among all stakeholders to bring an end to human trafficking. Rani believes by working together, we can build a global movement for freedom for today’s slaves.

From Survivor of Slavery to a Global Visionary Human Rights Leader, Rani’s ability to broach this difficult subject in a compelling way, while keeping the focus on the strength of the human spirit, has proved her capability as a leader in this field – evident in both the grassroots outreach and the highest conversations with global leaders. Rani Hong, along with her husband Trong Hong, who is also a child trafficking survivor, lives in Olympia, WA USA.

Entries by Rani Hong

Freedom Seal - A New Tool to Help Businesses Fight Modern-Day Slavery.

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 5:46 PM

The Tronie Foundation is proud to announce the official launch of the Freedom Seal, a powerful and tangible tool to be used in the fight against human slavery. The Freedom Seal is the result of years of effort by the Tronie Foundation and its partners to put forth a specific,...

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Your Next Dinner Conversation: Child Trafficking and Slavery

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 1:11 AM

Child trafficking and slavery aren't commonly discussed around the dinner table, but why not? More than 100,000 children are trafficked in the United States every year. However, most people don't know that, nor that it affects children in their own communities -- from Los Angeles to Dallas to Cleveland to,...

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One Month of Waiting in Nigeria

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 2:43 PM

In the last several weeks, the plight of over 200 girls and young women kidnapped in Nigeria has gained much needed international attention. Stolen from their school by armed terrorists, they are now being used as pawns to further the interests of the terrorist organization Boko Haram. Statements by one...

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Supply Chain Compliance and Legal Education

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 3:24 PM

I believe that most businesses are ethical and want to do good. One way companies can practice corporate social responsibility is to comply with relevant laws that ensure their supply chains are free of forced labor. However, with the recent onslaught of new regulations, it is difficult to stay up...

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New Website Promotes Supply Chain Transparency

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 12:00 PM

Modern-day slavery is a human rights violation hidden in the shadows of our globalized markets. Today, it is estimated that tens of millions of adults and children are living in conditions of modern-day slavery around the world.

Despite its widespread prevalence, forced labor remains acutely undetected throughout company supply chains....

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Trafficking Victims: Local Problem, World Epidemic

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2013 | 4:34 PM

With an interest in the growing problem of human trafficking locally and globally, there are two major issues you want to be aware of. First is the TVPA; this affects the United States primarily. Second is the 2012 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons at the UN -- this affects...

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Protecting Our Children: Human Trafficking Awareness Month

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 5:11 PM

On October 22, 2009 the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights hosted four previously trafficked victims during a U.N. event. The closing words from one who was rescued from human trafficking resounded:

Today we live in times where slavery is still all around us. As we...
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Partnerships for Hope -- Rani Hong with UN.GIFT

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 2:35 PM

For more than a decade UN.GIFT Special Advisor for Victims Rani Hong has been an outspoken leader in the fight to end human trafficking, a strong voice for millions of unheard victims. Taken from her family in southern India as a young girl to be enslaved and then sold into...

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An Evening of Courage

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 3:08 PM

By Dana Marie Shepherd, on behalf of the Tronie Foundation

As the applause faded, the stage lights rested on four women as they took their seats at a long table, adjusting their microphones, preparing to take questions from a now more-enlightened audience. In the silence before the...

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Voice of Survivors: Human Trafficking Prevention Month

(8) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 1:03 PM

Every day, in every nation on the planet, children are sold and bonded into slavery. Thousands of children. I know, I was one of them.

When I was seven years old, a woman approached my family promising to give me a good education and a better life. My mother...

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The Human Face of Poverty In Rural India

(12) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 6:04 PM

A mother in Northeast India holds her daughter, her last surviving child. Her first died from malaria, another from untreated newborn jaundice, a third from unknown causes.

This child, 18 months old, suffers from hydrocephalus, an excess fluid collection around the brain. Thus far untreated, it has inhibited her...

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Find Your Voice: Break the Chain Conference on Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2010 | 2:22 PM


Women of Vision, South Puget Sound Chapter, announces registration is now open for a conference on Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. This is a day-long conference including keynote presentations, breakout sessions, and information booths.

The goal of the conference is to learn...

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Tronie Foundation Co-Founders to be Featured on NBC Evening Magazine

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2010 | 2:07 PM


Please show your support on the issue of human trafficking by voting for Rani Hong to represent Washington state at the National Jefferson Awards in Washington, D.C. Voting is open the week of April 5-9,...

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Visiting Rescue Shelters in India

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2010 | 2:16 PM

It had been days of travel, heat, humidity, cramped spaces, and heartbreaking stories. Visits to rescue shelters where young boys and girls sought out recovery, learning the practice of life outside of bonded slavery. Though they were living in relative freedom, their childhoods had suffered near-irreparable damage. Once a child...

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Risk of Child Trafficking Increases in Aftermath of Haiti Earthquake

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 1:10 PM

Haiti has already been a trading ground in the past for traffickers, and the natural calamity is making the situation even worse now. Unicef adviser Jean Luc Legrand has reported that children have gone missing from hospitals, and we have started seeing the first evidence of trafficking. Trafficking networks are...

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Set Children Free From Human Trafficking

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2009 | 4:28 PM

Every day, in every nation on the planet, thousands of children are sold and bonded into slavery. With an estimated 60-115 million child workers, India is home to the largest number of both working children and child trafficking victims in the world.

Their daily nightmare involves forced and bonded...

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