Malaika Aringo


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About Malaika

Malaika Oringo is a survivor advocate against human trafficking and gender-based violence against women and girls. She founded Footprint to Freedom in the Netherlands to stand up for victims’ rights and strengthen survivors’ inclusion and engagement, arguing for a bottom-up approach. She is a talented speaker and campaigner, Oringo has highlighted gaps in European legislation and policy against human trafficking. She has also advised on best practices that can provide victim-centered trauma-informed and survivor-centered approaches to improve response to survivors’ and victims’ needs. She serves as a member of ISTAC, a council launched by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to assist countries with Anti-trafficking efforts. She is a member of the European Network of Migrant Women and she has been awarded by child10 wards 2021 ‘’Girls rights have no price ‘’ for her effort to prevent young girls from becoming victims of human trafficking

Years of Experience



She is leading in survivor -led efforts to combat human trafficking in the Netherlands and East Africa. She has spoken on various stages throughout Europe, like Paris, Geneva, Athens, London, Belgium and Luxembourg. She believes that, the only way to eradicate human trafficking is by giving survivors of human trafficking a voice and the opportunity to lead. She is an educator, trainer, mentor, speaker and advocate for victims’ rights, she offers more than 15 years of experience of her journey to a survivor leader. Her expertise affirm that survivors are most relevant stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking.

Turning a blind eye: the human cost of trafficking

Human trafficking is a global criminal enterprise worth over $150 billion a year, according to some estimates, and snaring up to 40 million people around the world in sexual exploitation, forced labour and other forms of modern slavery.

The Friends of Europe online debate on 18 February explored new ways to tackle this scourge by shifting the focus onto prevention and policies that put survivors at the centre of counter-trafficking efforts.

Survivors First

Malaika Oringo, Founder & CEO of Footprint to Freedom and member of the International Survivors of Trafficking Advisory Council (ISTAC), believes the only way to eliminate human trafficking is by giving survivors a voice and an opportunity to lead. She outlined her experiences as a teenager trafficked from Africa to Europe and called for anti-trafficking policies to be refocused in order to put survivors at the centre of prevention and eradication efforts.

Survivors Walk-Raising awareness and empowering survivor leaders


It was Friday, the 18th of October 2019, the European Day against Trafficking in Human Beings. Many organizations working in the front line against trafficking in the Netherlands gathered around the documentary ‘Samen tegen Mensenhandel‘ (Together against Human Trafficking). The documentary was part of a human trafficking supplement published in the Dutch daily newspaper Trouw.  

The Q&A that followed the documentary, provided perspectives of two strong women: Malaika Maria Oringo and Edith-Bernadette Poot. They addressed the public with a characteristic tone of voice and posture that commands respect and attentive listening. Their perspectives made an impression of the challenges that are faced by survivors of human trafficking and how they have overcome tremendous challenges in their fight against it.

Trafficking of Women and Girls: A Form of Gender-Based Violence

During the third OSCE Gender Equality Review Conference, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (OSR/CTHB) will host an online side event on “Trafficking of Women and Girls: A Form of Gender-Based Violence”.  

This event will shed light on the gender dynamics of trafficking in human beings, particularly affecting women and girls in the OSCE region. It will also discussing effective responses that are human rights based, gender-sensitive and victim- and survivor-centered. 


  • Ambassador Per-Anders Sunesson, Swedish Ambassador at Large for Combating Trafficking in Persons
  • Taina Bien-Aime, Executive Director of Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
  • Malaika Oringo, Founder and CEO of Footprint to Freedom and Survivor Leader
  • Racha Haffar, Founder and CEO of Youth Against Slavery Movement

The opening remarks will be presented by Valiant Richey, OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings.

ASSISTING Trafficked Women

Seminar on best practices in legal assistance and integration support to female migrant victims of sex trafficking in Europe

About this Event

ASSISTING TRAFFICKED WOMEN: Best practice principles in gender-specific assistance and integration support to trafficked migrant women

The ASSISTING TRAFFICKED WOMEN seminar highlights best practices principles, in the area of legal assistance and service provision tailored to the needs of female migrant victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation in Europe.

The seminar will bring together representatives of institutions, policy-makers, service providers and migrant women, including survivors of trafficking, to exchange views on the legal obligations, best practices and barriers to service implementation, to meet the complex and long-term needs of female migrant victims of trafficking. The event disseminates the findings of a two-year project EU AMIF-funded project led by the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI), in partnership with the European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW) and organisations from Germany (SOLWODI), Italy(BeFree), Spain(SURT) and the UK(JustRight Scotland).



  • Dr Roja Fazaeli, Chair of Board, Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI)
  • Dr Noura Raad, Co-President, European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW)
  • Malaika Oringo, survivor of human trafficking, member of ENoMW, women’s rights advocate and founder of Footprint for Freedom

Panel 1: Invited Experts:

  • Dalia Leinarte, Chair of CEDAW’s sub-committee on Trafficking in Women
  • Éva Dimovné Keresztes, European Commission, DG HOME
  • Tatyana Kotlyarenko, Advisor on Anti-Trafficking issues, ODIHR
  • Simona Lanzoni, Vice-Chair of GREVIO Committee
  • Chaired by Dr Myria Vassiliadou, former EU Anti Trafficking Coordinator & independent expert

Supporting trafficked people with dignity, kindness and respect Published on 22 October 2018

Human trafficking is a crime which sees people exploited for someone else’s personal gain. Often, people are exploited in multiple ways at the same time; they can be forced into labour, criminality, prostitution or domestic servitude. Regardless of the circumstances and irrespective of their migration status, people who have been trafficked and exploited should be recognised and protected.

For the EU Day against Human Trafficking on 18 October, Marieke van den Berg from the Netherlands Red Cross spoke at a European Parliament hearing organised by the Salvation Army EU Affairs Office and the Greens/European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA) political group. The event addressed prevention of human trafficking, and the protection and reintegration of survivors.

Awardees 2021 – Child10

Human trafficking and sexual exploitation of girls is often precieved as something happening in a distant and hidden part of our society. But every day, all over Europe, girls are victims of sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, not rarely in plain sight.

The Global Report from UNODC shows that every third victim of human trafficking are children, foremost girls and 95% of the victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation are girls and women. Girls may be trafficked from outside Europe, from one European country to another, but also domestically within the same country. Addressing trafficking and sexual exploitation of girls requires first and foremost that the victims are identified and given the help and protection that they need – including protection from being re-trafficked, but also requires addressing the demand for these girls and ensuring that the traffickers and abusers are brought to justice.  

The 2021 Awarded Members are all dedicated experts in the fight against trafficking and sexual exploitation of children in Europe. An exceptional group of 10 organizations have been composed, out of the 90 nominees from 27 different countries, and together they have more than 100 years of experience in the field. We are extremely proud to have these organizations selected and we look forward to supporting their courageous and impactful work, says Jacob Flärdh, Secretary General, Child10.

Footprint to freedom THE NETHERLANDS

OSCE human rights office launches survivors’ advisory council to strengthen fight against trafficking in human beings

WARSAW, 25 January 2020 – Recognizing the vital importance of reflecting the experience and knowledge of survivors in all endeavours to combat human trafficking, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has launched the International Survivors of Trafficking Advisory Council (ISTAC) to assist countries across the OSCE region increase and improve their anti-trafficking efforts.

“The insight and expertise we are gaining from our new advisors make today a milestone in ODIHR’s work to combat human trafficking,” said ODIHR Director Matteo Mecacci. “Listening to survivors of trafficking is vital to understand their needs and give them real support. But our final aim must be to prevent these terrible crimes from taking place.”



Malaika can tailor her talks

to meet your theme, your expectations and your agenda. She can speak to several differing topics and multiple sub-topics including sex trafficking, Trafficking as Gender based violence, Ethnical Storytelling, Trauma informed, Human trafficking and  Migration, Empowerment,  Poverty is the major Pimp , End the Demand of prostitution and Motivational note speaker.

She identifies with the fear victim experience and the cultural barrier that prevents them from accepting the services offered to them. In addition, many service providers and the law enforcers experience a lot of frustration due to lack of knowledge of identifying victims of human trafficking among their clients and the cultural barriers that prevents them from accepting service and reporting their traffickers.

Whether you are an impact investor, a government organization, an NGO, a social enterprise or a concerned citizen, Malaika is available to offer the best leading anti-human trafficking solutions. 

Book today a Motivational Note Speaker.

Experienced in how to Help Motivate Survivors of Human Trafficking to Move Past Their Past” because she has walked in their shoes. I believe at the forefront of providing victim services, professionals should partner with survivors’ leaders to promote safety, healing, justice, and rights for human trafficking victims.

This Keynote speaker is equipped to share the realities of what you need to know to help empower victims of human trafficking, and bring them to a point where they can participate in efforts to bring traffickers to justice

Do you want to be mentored by Malaika (building a legacy from the stones thrown at you)?

Get inspired by Malaika’s journey from a Victim to a Survivor Leader, to a Motivational Speaker, to an Advocate for victims’ rights and CEO of Footprint to Freedom and how to develop an unshakable belief in your abilities to get closer to your dreams.

Malaika Inspiration Story

"An empowered survivor makes traffickers vulnerable"


The Salvation Army celebrates Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall | The Salvation Army

This year’s event focuses on the work of The Salvation Army in supporting recovering victims of modern slavery in the UK and fighting this evil trade in human beings across the globe. Malaika Oringo, who originates from Uganda and now works for The Salvation Army in the Netherlands, said: “I am a survivor of human trafficking and I know from personal experience that slavery is one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time. I would often say to myself ‘Can anybody see me? Can anybody hear me?’ All of us need to keep our eyes and ears open.”


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