Participant Stories: Hubert H. Humphrey Program

Humphrey: Agnes Igoye

As a Senior Immigration Officer/Training Coordinator for Uganda’s Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program alumna Agnes Igoye is committed to eradicating modern-day human trafficking. As a 2010-2011 Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, she studied Trafficking in Persons, Policy and Prevention. 

During her Fellowship, Agnes was selected to participate in the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference in San Diego based on her commitment to provide housing, create scholarships, and help secure employment for trafficking victims in her home country. At the conference, Agnes said she forged partnerships with others who have committed to making a difference in Africa. Additionally, she attended skills sessions in several areas, including fundraising and social media. She also met with celebrities and practitioners who are making a difference in the area of human rights/human trafficking.

Since returning to Uganda, Agnes has been working with “Coming Home”, a victim rehabilitation project undertaken by the umbrella organization Chain of Hope. Agnes and other volunteers are currently providing assistance to 75 orphaned children, some of whom were abducted and trafficked by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and others who were victims of rape as a weapon of war. Chain of Hope is also partnering with other organizations that will help provide education, books, fundraising, and law enforcement training.

On November 17th, 2012, Agnes received the 2012 Inspirational Woman of Uganda Award for Anti Human Trafficking Work & Youth Empowerment, presented to her by the U.S. Ambassador to Uganda, Mr. Scott DeLisi. She now serves as the national coordinator for the Uganda-U.S. Exchange Alumni Association, which trains over 250 women and youths on entrepreneurship skills.

Agnes said that the Humphrey Fellowship helped prepare her for the work she is doing.  “I am grateful for the opportunities the Humphrey Fellowship provided, including the professional networks and collaborations with US colleagues I continue to benefit from as I rehabilitate victims of trafficking, train law enforcement, and create awareness about human trafficking,” she remarked.