Amanda Nguyen

Country representing

United States

Languages

English
Vietnamese

Education

  • Harvard College
  • Bachelor of Arts and Science

Current organisation

Rise

Current role

CEO and Founder

Skills and Expertise

Activism

Areas of interest

Human Rights

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

Rise’s mission has provided human rights for survivors of sexual violence through innovative techniques that have proven to be effective. We begin with the concept of “Hope-a-nomics,” which is the belief that hope is contagious and capable of producing change inside and outside of an organization. This belief has allowed us to pass 18 laws throughout the U.S., in addition to the 21st federal bill in modern U.S. history to pass unanimously through the U.S. Congress. Through this belief we have galvanized organizers on the ground, and state legislators have used our federal bill as a model to pass similar legislation across the United States. These bills have ensured that nearly 40 million survivors of sexual violence in the U.S. have access to basic human rights, such as the right to not have their rape kit examinations destroyed before the statute of limitations is up, the right to be informed of all of their rights, the right to not be charged for their rape kit exams, and the right to have access to the survivors’ police report and medical records. Moreover, we use gamification theory to motivate our organizers to pass laws and train them to communicate with lawmakers to find common ground. With these tools we are taking our movement globally to ensure human rights for survivors worldwide.

Actions

In 2016, Rise spearheaded the passage of the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights through the U.S. Congress, becoming the 21st bill in modern U.S. history to pass unanimously through Congress. Since then 18 similar bills have passed throughout the U.S. for cases adjudicated on the state-level, modeled on our federal legislation. Our work is measured by the tangible progress that we have made for the 40 million survivors in the U.S. so far. Moreover, we’ve had survivors reach out to us personally, expressing how important the passage of these laws have been for their own access to justice.