Noy Thrupkaew is an independent journalist who has researched human trafficking and labor exploitation since 2006. As an Open Society Fellow, she investigated the largest human trafficking cases in the United States, and explored ways to develop greater accountability in law-enforcement initiatives against forced prostitution.
A contributing editor for the American Prospect and recipient of International Reporting Project, Investigative Fund, and Fulbright grants, Thrupkaew has reported from Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Iran, Morocco, and Cuba and written for outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, National Geographic, The Nation, Radio Netherlands, Reveal Radio, and Marie Claire. In 2015, she taught a seminar on transnational investigative journalism at Princeton University and gave a TED talk on human trafficking.
While at UMass Lowell, Thrupkaew’s residency will include lectures, where students can gain special insight from her unique expertise on the topic. She will also serve as the Day Without Violence