Awards and Honors


  • Times Now Amazing Indians awards: Stree Shakti category [2012]
  • Godfrey Phillips Bravery National Award [2012]
  • Received the honour, ‘Sera Bangali’ for her commitment to the social calls by Ananda Bazar Patrika [2012]
  • Karmaveer Puraskaar Civil Society-Trafficking [2011] presented by iCONGO and CtrlS to Ruchira Gupta for her commitment to civil justice and citizen action.
  • UNA-NY’s Women Who Care Award [2011] to Ruchira Gupta and ApneAap Women Worldwide for making a difference in the fight against trafficking.
  • Clinton Global Initiative, Global Citizen Award [2009], for her relentless efforts to end human trafficking and gender based violence.
  • The UK House of Lords’ Abolitionist Award [2007] to honour Heroes in the Fight Against Modern Slavery by Lord David Alton, Templeton Foundation, the House of Lords and Geneva Global
  • White House felicitation [2000] for her work to combat trafficking after the following the enactment of the US Government’s Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
  • Emmy Award [1996] for ‘Outstanding investigative journalism’ for her documentary, ‘The Selling of Innocents’, on the trafficking of women and children from the villages of Nepal to the brothels of Mumbai.

Board and Committee Memberships

  • Member, Steering Committee of the Planning Commission, Government of India for the 11th Five-year Plan for Women and Children, ongoing
  • Member, New York City Mayor’s Office, Human Exploitation Working Group, 2010-ongoing
  • Member, Working Group on Child Protection of the Ministry of Women and Children, India, 2007-8
  • Advisory Board Member, Asia Society
  • Advisory Board Member, Ricky Martin Foundation
  • Advisory Board Member, Coalition against Trafficking in Women, Asia-Pacific
  • Board Member, Polaris Project
  • Board Member, Nomi Network