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Gillian Caldwell
Gillian Caldwell

Gillian Caldwell

Human Rights Program Witness

New York, NY USA

"If I had made a choice, it was to try to change the world…I think you have a responsibility to try to ensure that there is actually freedom."

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Gillian's work combines: Film, Non-Profit Organizations, and Helping People

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Day In The Life


I'm a social entrepreneur, attorney, and film maker advancing social justice.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Social Sciences, General

    Harvard University

  • Graduate Degree


    Georgetown University

  • Doctorate


    Georgetown University

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    She knew from a young age that she wanted to get into social justice work.

  • 2.

    Her parents had a gallery, kept a painting of a CIA mercenary urinating on a political prisoner in their living room; had a great effect on her.

  • 3.

    Bought one of the first consumer-grade video cameras, was determined to make a documentary that would change the world.

  • 4.

    She'd done international human rights work, knew women's issues; these qualifications led a friend to approach her to help stop human trafficking.

  • 5.

    Went undercover, posed as a buyer interested in buying women, documented the whole thing.

  • 6.

    After the documentary, Bought and Sold, aired, she drafted a Congressional resolution that led to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

  • 7.

    Says that Americans have the privilege of freedom and the responsibility to try to ensure that freedom is afforded to others.

  • 8.

    Thinks we're all hardwired to do something in this world; "all the seeds of whoever you are, are there-the question is just accessing it and fulfilling it."