Vietnamese lawyer named among 2019 Class of Asia Young Leaders

Ta Ngoc Van, Chief Lawyer at a Hanoi-based charity organisation that rescues women and children in crisis, has been named among the 2019 Class of Asia Young Leaders by the Asia Society.

This year's awardees include 39 leaders under the age of 40 from 31 countries across the Asia Pacific region. This year's list includes activists, artists, educators, journalists, scientists and social entrepreneurs.

At the Blue Dragon Children's Foundation, Van has worked to secure the freedom of victims of human trafficking and provide them with legal advocacy. He was honoured by the Ministry of Public Security as Hero of the Year in 2015 for his contributions to rescuing more than 400 trafficked children and women in police operations across Vietnam's northern provinces. The same year Van was the first to win the Trust Women Anti Trafficking Hero Award from the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

In November Van will attend the annual Asia 39 Young Leaders Summit themed Technology and Humanity: Roadmaps for the Future, in San Francisco.

Source: VOV5