Amanda Nguyen

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Amanda Nguyen
Amanda Nguyen at House Judiciary Committee.jpg
Amanda Nguyen testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in 2018
Born1991 (age 29–30)
EducationBachelor of Arts and Science, Harvard University, 2013 [1][2]
OccupationFounder and CEO of Rise[3]
Known forSexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act
Awards24th Annual Heinz Awards in Public Policy (2019)[4]
Time 100 Next[5]
Forbes 30 Under 30[6]

Amanda N. Nguyen[1] (born c. 1991)[7][8] is a social entrepreneur, civil rights activist, and the CEO and founder of Rise, a non-governmental civil rights organization.[7] She was involved in proposing and drafting the Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act, the 21st bill in modern U.S. history to pass unanimously through Congress.[9] Nguyen was nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize,[10] received the 24th Annual Heinz Award in Public Policy,[4] Time 100 Next,[11] Forbes 30 Under 30,[6] and received the Nelson Mandela Changemaker Award.[12][better source needed]

Education and career[edit]

Nguyen earned a Bachelor of Arts at Harvard University, graduating in 2013.[1][2][13]

She interned at NASA in 2013,[6][14][15] and has also worked at the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.[16] She worked as the Deputy White House Liaison for the U.S. Department of State.[7][2] She left her job at the State Department in 2016 to work full-time at Rise.[17] Encouraged by her mentors during her time at NASA, she is in training to become an astronaut.[18][2][16][19][20] Nguyen is also on the board of directors of R Street, an American conservative and libertarian think tank.[21]

Activism[edit]

In 2013, Nguyen was raped while she was in college in Massachusetts.[7][6][22] Nguyen chose not to press charges immediately since she did not feel she had the necessary time and resources to participate in a trial that could potentially last for years.[23][24] After police officers informed her there was a 15-year statute of limitations for rape in Massachusetts, she decided she would press charges at a later date when she was ready.[25] She had a rape kit performed and discovered that, if she did not report the crime to law enforcement, her rape kit would be destroyed after 6 months if an extension request was not filed.[6][19][26] She was also not given official instructions on how to file for an extension.[7] Nguyen considered this system to be broken, partially because the extension request would be an unnecessary reminder of a traumatizing experience.[6][19] Nguyen met other survivors with similar stories and concluded that the current legal protections were insufficient.[19]

Rise[edit]

In November 2014,[27] Nguyen founded Rise, a nonprofit organisation which is aimed to protect the civil rights of sexual assault and rape survivors.[2][6][19] Nguyen headed the organisation in her spare time[20][27] until September 2016.[17] Everyone who works with Rise is a volunteer,[16] and the organisation has raised money through GoFundMe.[7] Nguyen explained that the organisation was named Rise to "remind us that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can rise up and change the world."[19] Nguyen's aim is for Rise to pass a Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights in all 50 U.S. states as well as on the national level.[7] She has also travelled to Japan where a similar bill was presented.[17][24]

Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act[edit]

In July 2015,[23] Nguyen met with New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen to discuss legislation that would protect survivor rights on the federal level.[6] Legislation that Nguyen had helped draft was introduced to Congress in February 2016 by Shaheen.[7][6] Nguyen collaborated with Change.org and comedy website Funny or Die to draw attention to the legislation and encourage voters to support it.[28] Nguyen launched a Change.org petition that called on Congress to pass the legislation.[27] The Funny or Die video and Change.org petition received support from Judd Apatow and Patricia Arquette on Twitter.[29] As of 28 February 2016, the Change.org petition gained 60,000 of the 75,000 requested signatures.[27] By October 2016, there were more than 100,000 signatures.[30]

The bill passed through the Senate in May[7] and the House of Representatives in September.[23] It passed unanimously in both chambers of Congress,[7][23] and was signed into law in October 2016 by President Barack Obama.[7][2][6][14] The new law protects, among other rights, the right to have the evidence of a rape kit preserved without charge for the duration of the statute of limitations.[6]

On October 12, 2017, California governor Jerry Brown approved a bill titled "Sexual assault victims: rights".[31]

We the Future Portrait[edit]

In 2018, Shepard Fairey created a portrait of Amanda Nguyen for Amplifier's "We the Future" campaign, a series of commissioned art pieces that were sent to 20,000 middle and high schools around the United States to teach about various grassroots movements.[32]

Awards and honors[edit]

Awards and prizes
Nominations

Personal life[edit]

Born in California,[29] Nguyen resides in Washington, D.C.[7][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Students Help Draft Sexual Assault Legislation". The Harvard Crimson. 19 January 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Amanda Nguyen". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  3. ^ "Risers". RiseNow. Rise. Archived from the original on 13 November 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Amanda Nguyen receives the 24th Heinz Awards in the Public Policy category". 12 September 2019. Retrieved 2019-12-25.
  5. ^ "Time 100 Next 2019". Retrieved 2019-12-24.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "'30 Under 30' Honoree Amanda Nguyen Is Fighting for Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights". NBC News. 2 February 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "How a 24-Year-Old Rape Survivor Is Pushing Congress to Change the Way the U.S. Handles Sexual Assault". People. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  8. ^ "Who Is Amanda Nguyen? The Young Women's Honoree Worked With President Obama To Protect American Women". Bustle. 20 December 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  9. ^ Nahmad, Erica (2019-01-29). "All RISE for Amanda Nguyen: The Force Behind the Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act". BeLatina. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  10. ^ a b Vagianos, Alanna (21 July 2018). "The Rape Survivor Who Turned Her Activism Into A Nobel Peace Prize Nomination". HuffPost. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  11. ^ "Time 100 Next 2019". Retrieved 2019-12-24.
  12. ^ a b "WORLDZ - Nelson Mandela Changemaker Recipient". 11 September 2019. Retrieved 2019-12-25.
  13. ^ "Amanda Nguyen - CEO and Founder, Rise". LinkedIn. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  14. ^ a b c "Global Thinkers 2016: Amanda Nguyen". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  15. ^ "Rising Stars 2017: Advocates". Roll Call. 21 April 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  16. ^ a b c "Rape survivors have fewer rights than you'd think. Amanda Nguyen is trying to change that". The Boston Globe. 7 April 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  17. ^ a b c "Sexual Assault Bill Author Encourages Youth Activism". The Harvard Crimson. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  18. ^ Ronan, Alex. "The Lenny Interview: Amanda Nguyen". Lenny Letter. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  19. ^ a b c d e f "Navigating the broken system was worse than the rape itself". The New York Times. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  20. ^ a b "Meet the 24-year-old who could change how the US handles sexual assaults". The Guardian. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  21. ^ Team rstreet.org
  22. ^ "The woman behind the sexual-assault survivor 'bill of rights'". PBS. 28 October 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  23. ^ a b c d "How One Victim's Fight Got Sexual Assault Bill to Obama". Roll Call. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  24. ^ a b "24-Year-Old Rape Survivor Is Pushing Congress to Pass Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights". Time. 7 September 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  25. ^ "Obama Expected To Sign Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill Of Rights Into Law". NPR. 9 September 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  26. ^ "To combat rape, a 'bill of rights' for survivors". The Christian Science Monitor. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  27. ^ a b c d "Do We Need a Bill of Rights for Sexual-Assault Survivors?". TakePart. 28 February 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  28. ^ "Here's What a Bunch of 'Supervillains' Think About U.S. Sexual Assault Laws". Fortune. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  29. ^ a b "This Rape Survivor Just Helped Get a Huge Bill Passed Through the House". The Cut. 28 October 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  30. ^ "Obama Just Signed The Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill Of Rights". Refinery29. 8 October 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  31. ^ "Bill Text - AB-1312 Sexual assault victims: rights". leginfo.legislature.ca.gov. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  32. ^ Grant, Daniel (September 18, 2018). "Political Posters by Shepard Fairey and Others Are Coming to 20,000 US Classrooms". Observer. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  33. ^ "Marie Claire Magazine Young Women's Honors Award Recipients 2016". Marie Claire. 12 December 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  34. ^ Alawa, Silla; Keane-Lee, Jalena (2016-12-29). "40 Women to Watch: The 2017 Edition". The Tempest. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  35. ^ "The Frederick Douglass 200". 5 July 2018. Retrieved 2019-12-25.
  36. ^ "Bright Sparks: The 2019 Global Goals List". 1 March 2019. Retrieved 2019-12-24.
  37. ^ "Time 100 Next 2019". Retrieved 2019-12-24.
  38. ^ "I am pleased to nominate Amanda Nguyen for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Nguyen has been a tireless advocate for survivors of sexual assault and is absolutely deserving of this prestigious recognition". Twitter. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  39. ^ "Sexual Assault Survivor's Bill of Rights Creator Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize". Women's Health. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 2018-11-07.

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