Alvin Winford

Alvin Winford, National Center on Sexual Exploitation Fellow

Alvin has over 18 years of working on anti-exploitation efforts in Africa. Reared by a single mother in Liberia, he faced the harsh reality of a patriarchy and harmful cultural practices which are detrimental to the wellbeing of women and children. It was at that point that he realized that he must challenge the power and control wheel so that women and children are protected against all forms of exploitation.  He believes that when children, women and men are protected against exploitation and perpetrators are accountable for their actions; sexual violence would be adequately addressed. And this niche of standing for the vulnerable connects him to the values of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

Coming to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, he is of the view that he will learn so much that would enhance his work in educating duty bearers, care givers and right holders on the harms of pornography and sexual exploitation. Also, he comes at a time when the National Center is elevating its programs at international level which he would serve as one of the catalysts in preventing and responding to sexual exploitation across Africa. He is an ideal advocate, facilitator and mobilizer against exploitation. He did his undergraduate studies in Mass Communications at the University of Liberia in 2001, and graduate studies in educational administration and supervision at the University of Liberia Graduate Program in Education in 2019.

Alvin is a 2019/2020 Humphrey Fellow sponsored by the United States Department of State. The program brings to the United States the brightest across the world experienced professionals interested in strengthening their leadership skills through a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the U.S. and Fellows’ home countries, He is presently undergoing studies in “Trafficking in Persons, Policy and Prevention” at the American University Washington College of Law. Alvin comes from Liberia and has worked for many years with the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect as an advocate.

Articles by Alvin Winford

The Unending Scourge of COVID-19 in Exacerbating Sexual and Domestic Violence—Considerations in Africa & the USA

When the first incident of COVID-19 was announced in Wuhan, China, most people were not thinking about the impact the virus would have on sexual and domestic violence across the globe. Sadly, as some victims are battling COVID-19, they—and many others—are faced with the peril of sexual and domestic violence. While the focus of world…

Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation – AFRICA

Mitigating the Public Harms of Pornography in Africa – The Way Forward

The breakthrough made by the Internet in fostering education and development in Africa is astounding. To a great extent the Internet has spurred the continent to follow the march of progress being pursued by the rest of the world. By and large, it has facilitated access to information, education, and communication with ease. Nevertheless, it…

Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation