Prajwala is a member of various national and state level committees to combat trafficking. For its efforts in the anti-trafficking sector the organization has been recognized by various national and international bodies like Government of India, World of Children, UNFPA and Ashoka Innovators.

The feature film produced by Prajwala “Naa Bangaaru Talli” was acclaimed both nationally and internationally with three national awards and seven international awards. It was indeed historic when a film made on a social cause was well received both by the general public and intellectuals. A very significant selection was for the Beijing International Film Festival which is considered as a Mecca for A grade films. On public demand the film was screened in 30 venues. It was a heart-touching tribute when a Chinese Gentleman reacted with tears in eyes after watching the film “I too have a daughter, we have to make this world safe for our daughters”.        


On receiving three national awards there were number of felicitations organized within the State. Leading film producer-director-actor of the Telugu Industry Shri Dasari Narayan Rao, felicitated the team on the eve of his birthday.

The Telugu cinegoers association organized a grand function to celebrate the national awards. Shri Ahmed Ali of Prajwala went to receive the felicitations on behalf of the team.

Chief Functionary & General Secretary, Sunitha Krishnan became the first Indian & Asian to receive the prestigious 2014 Nelson Mandela-Graca Machel Innovation  Award. The awards given in three categories (individual, youth and organizations) for civil society activists and organizations for their excellence, innovation, and brave risk-taking efforts.The short listings of the finalists was done by an International Jury and the final verdict was based on public vote. Sunitha Krishnan won in the  individual category for her visionary leadership in the anti-trafficking movement.

The award ceremony was on 2014 International Civil Society Week in Johannesburg.

Sunitha Krishnan received Kairali-Ananthapuri Award 2014,Muscat which is given to the most meritorious social worker of the year.

Apart from receiving the award she also inaugurated the three-day Indian community festival as Chief Guest. This festival has proved to be prestigious event in Oman for the past 11yrs and brings together over 15,000 Indians working in Oman.

Muslim Educational Society Award
The 2014 MES Award for Exemplary Service in the field of women’s rights was given Sunitha Krishnan. The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala Shri Oomen Chandy honored Sunitha Krishnan. The other awardess were Ms Medha Patker and Teesta Setlavad.

Mother Teresa Memorial Award For Social Justice
Harmony Foundation honored Sunitha Krishnan with the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice. Over 20 human rights activist including Anuradha Koirala were honored for their yeoman services.

Sashi Pachayil Humanitarian Award  
The 2014, Sashi Pachayil Award given to Malayali activists working anywhere in the country was given to Ms Sunitha Krishnan. In memory of Shri Sashi Pachayil a renowned educationist and philanthropist the award is given by the family foundation.

Grassroot Women Of the Decade Award
Assocham Ladies Association honored Sunitha Krishnan with the “Grassroot Women of the Decade Award”. The award was presented by Hon’ble Union Minister Shri Venkaih Naidu. 15 other women activists from length and breadth of the country also were honored on the same occasion.  

Madhura Manmathiar Award
Instituted by Madhura Travels, the Madhura Manmathiar Award is given every year to a social activist of excellence who has taken the road less travelled. With a cash prize of Rupees One Lakh the award aims to encourage grassroot visionaries to continue their ground-breaking work. The 2014 Madhura Manmathiar Award was given to Sunitha Krishnan in a glittering function at Chennai.  


  • In 2008, Prajwala’s documentary film Anamika - The Nameless won two international awards in De Cine De Granada and Action Cut International Film Festival.  Another film, “Of Freedom and Fear” produced in collaboration with Andhra Pradesh AIDS Control Society was also screened in the New York Film Festival, Mini DV International Festival.
  • Prajwala won the prestigious AGFUND International award in April, 2008 for its pioneering work to Combat Trafficking of Women and Children through Community Partnership. Prajwala was adjudged the best project in the world for its outstanding efforts.
  • Prajwala received the National Award for Child Welfare from the Govt. of India in February, 2009 for the exceptional services it renders to prevent child trafficking and its outstanding efforts to rescue and rehabilitate child victims of sex trafficking.
  • Edelgive Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Edelweiss Capital, conferred the EdelGive Social Innovation Award to Prajwala in 2011 for its path-breaking work on economic security and livelihoods of victims of trafficking. Five organizations were chosen out of a pool of 235 applicants through a rigorous 4-stage selection process supported by Ernst & Young.

Dr . Sunitha Krishnan--the founder, general secretary and chief functionary of Prajwala--has been recognized for her efforts in the anti-trafficking sector by the following national and international bodies:

  • In April 2008, Dr. Sunitha Krishnan won the ‘Real Heroes Award’ constituted by Reliance Industries Limited and CNN-IBN Network.  This award is meant to recognize the unsung heroes of independent India.
  • Dr. Sunitha Krishnan was felicitated by Intelligence Business Network, Malaysia in March 2009. This felicitation has had a great positive impact as an entry point was created to sensitize women corporate leaders to be sensitive on the issue of trafficking.  
  • In June 2009, Dr. Sunitha Krishnan was featured as a Real Hero in the Trafficking in Persons Report, released by the US Department of State.  This is an acknowledgment of activists fighting to end modern day slavery – Nine persons from across the world were chosen as 2009 TIP Heroes.
  • Dr. Sunitha Krishnan won the 2011 Vital Voices Global Leadership Award for her defense of human rights of victims of trafficking and for putting the issue of commercial sexual exploitation before a wider audience. Vital Voices, a Washington-based NGO, empowers emerging leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe.
  • Dr. Sunitha Krishnan received the John Jay Medal for Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York in 2011. Tina Brown, Chief Editor of Time Magazine felicitated and introduced her.
  • In 2011 the Young FICCI Ladies Association honored Dr. Sunitha Krishnan with the Tejaswini Award for Young Women Achievers for her humanitarian work. All fellow awardees mentioned her in their award speeches and she received a standing ovation when she took the stage to receive the award.
  • Dr. Sunitha Krishnan was given the Gangadhar Smarak Humanitarian Award by the Gangadhar Memorial Trust in 2011, which was presented by Shri ONV Kurup, Sahitya Academy.
  • In 2011 Dr. Sunitha Krishnan received the Woman of Steel Award which was given by a Mumbai-based group for her unrelenting fight against sex trafficking.
  • The prestigious Vanitha Woman of the Year award was conferred to Dr. Sunitha Krishnan in 2011 by the Malayali Manorama Group. As Dr. Krishnan was the sole awardee, the cause of human trafficking became the highlight of the evening’s glittering event.
  • The Human Symphony Foundation awarded Dr. Sunitha Krishnan with the Living Legends Award in 2013. This honour was bestowed to 3 individuals of conscience who respond to their environment with acts that challenge and seek to change the world, and whose spirits sing in concert with the lyrics that build humanity.
  • Supported by the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, the DVF Award was bestowed to Dr. Sunitha Krishnan in 2013 in New York to celebrate her courage to fight, power to survive and leadership to inspire. 

Other awards and accolades that acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of Prajwala around the world include the Joseph Mundassery Award (Qatar, 2011), Kelvinator Gr8! Woman Award (2011), Aakruthi Woman of the Year Award (Coimbatore, 2011), She Award (2012), Lion’s Club Woman Power Award (2012), Best Malyali Award, (Dubai, 2012), and Bhandu Society Award (Hyderabad, 2013).