Why Support Hopenow?

15 Years of Experience

We are the NGO that has identified the largest number of trafficked people in Denmark.

Granted The European Crime Prevention Award

Set a legal precedent in 2014 for our preventive work against human trafficking

Specialized in neglected group

We are the only Danish NGO that specializes in working with trafficked men in forced labour

HopeNow is an independent non-governmental organisation (NGO) with a mandate to combat human trafficking under the Danish Action Plan.

We seek to create positive change and empower victims and survivors of trafficking to a better life. HopeNow is a diverse organisation that relies on volunteers in all spheres, from outreach and fundraising to the administration and the Board. We usually have from 10 to 15 engaged individuals devoting their time to our organisation voluntarily and one full-time paid staff.

About 20% of our team are males, 80% are female and come from different ethnic backgrounds. We regard a multidisciplinary approach as HopeNow’s unique strength in empowering trafficked persons in Denmark. Our interdisciplinary team includes practitioners and academic experts from, e.g. migration, law, anthropology, social policy, social work, trauma therapy, cultural mediation, IT and more.

Partners and allies

Our extensive outreach work with vulnerable potentially trafficked and identified as trafficked people takes place on the streets, in asylum centres and in prisons. 

HopeNow’s work also involves regular contact with governmental organisations and authorities and close cooperation with other NGOs combatting human trafficking. 

Our Team

Michele Mildwater

Director, Trauma Therapist and co-Founder of HopeNow

Expert on human trafficking. Michele work daily on the ground, meeting people on the streets, prisons, asylum centers, crisis centers, shelters, and our office, where they can receive legal counseling, tailor-made education, and trauma therapy. Contact me, if you're interested in writing an article on trafficking or booking a workshop.


Gitte Højgaard Johansen 


Works in the Danish mental health sector coordinating peer support workers. Former fundraiser for various civil society organizations. In charge of HopeNow’s fundraising.


Sam Lusk

Boardmember and LAWYER

Supports legal advocacy, data protection, GDPR compliance, contract management and HR.


Lillian Vigslund


Lilian heads the HopeNow Board. Former head of the Women's Center at the Danish Red Cross' asylum department in Kongelunden. Many years of experience working with trafficked people. Contact me, if you're interested in volunteering for 6 months.


Ophelia Wu 


Supports advocacy, digital and print content creation.


Gitte Frandsen


Active in civil society work. Former caseworker at Danish Red Cross' asylum department. Many years of experience working with trafficked people and violence against women.


Julliette E. Lloren


Admin, supports advocacy, organisational development and coordination of staff and volunteers. Contact me, if you're interested in volunteering for 6 months.


How do we nurture Hopefulness?


Hope requires clarity of thought and persistence. 

Hope is forged when our goals, pathways, and agency are tested and when change is realistically possible. In this process, an individual facing adversity must gradually develop a tolerance for disappointment and try new paths repeatedly. Hope requires agency. 

A persistent belief that you can do this! A person experienced in adversity and hope allows others the mental space and grace to rise to their own occasion. Do not step in too early and inadvertently control and manage the discomfort. Only by practicing struggle can we obtain proof of our ability to change our circumstances. 

Michele Mildwater, Founder of HopeNow, Empowering Trafficked People

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Live out your core values! 

Owning your life and living out who you really are, is the bravest thing that we will ever do. 

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