Amanda Nguyen

 Photo Credit:  TED

Photo Credit:  TED

When Amanda Nguyen became the target of a horrific crime, she discovered that the criminal justice system did not adequately protect those in her situation.  But rather than play the role of victim, she founded RISE, a nonprofit organization that focuses on protecting the rights of rape survivors.

In February 2016 Congress unanimously passed legislation Ms. Nguyen helped draft.  President Barack Obama signed the Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act into law seven months later.  RISE now works to pass similar laws at the state level.  The Washington Post named RISE as one of the top charities in America to donate to.

"I know firsthand the failings of America’s justice system, but I also know the change that ordinary Americans can bring—after all, I lived it. Here’s what I learned: no one is powerless when we come together. No one can make us invisible when we demand to be seen." - Amanda Nguyen