Career: Nurse and humanitarian
Best known for: Global refugee work
From 1975 to 1979, Theanvy Kuoch was a slave of the Khmer Rouge, which forced her to do heavy labor. Kuoch said she watched more than 19 of her relatives die from starvation and abuse in the regime's camps.
After the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia, The Red Cross eventually found Kuoch and her family, and helped them relocate to a United Nations refugee camp. She spent two years working as a nurse at various camps before resettling in the United States.
Kuoch has since dedicated her life to helping fellow refugees who have suffered torture and persecution, and has won several awards for her work. In 1982, she and three American nurses founded Khmer Health Advocates, which provides health services to survivors of the Cambodian genocide.