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The women running the fight against human trafficking in Laos

There are few Lao Americans who will go back to tackle human rights issues in their home country, especially human trafficking, one of the most universally pervasive human rights violations. Before leaving to live and work in Laos, Thouni Seneyakhone, a Lao Minnesotan, has been building awareness and momentum in a joint campaign with partners in Laos called the Run Laos Challenge. In collaboration with key organizations, The VillageRun Foundation (VRF) and Village Focus International (VFI), the challenge is a marathon relay that spans across three provinces in Laos in three days, with three women who are runners with roots in Laos. It starts on November 1st. Thouni, the campaign’s Co-Director and Nang Nonntharath Dunn, founder of VRF, are driving the spotlight on human trafficking with the goal of raising funds for a transitional housing and education program for survivors, called The Shelter Project. The Shelter Project is part of the Protection & Empowerment of Women and Children (PEWC) program, one of VFI’s programs. “The Shelter is a safe haven, providing protection and empowerment for …