Withelma Pettigrew, abolitionist, 26

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Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew spent the first 18 years of her life in the US foster care system and was victimized by sex traffickers. Today college-educated T has become a voice of hope, campaigning against the world’s $96 billion human-trafficking industry, which exploits 27 million victims. Testifying last October before Congress, T offered practical tools to improve the child-welfare system, potentially protecting millions of future lives.

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