Annalisa Enrile

Speaker, Annalisa Enrile
Clinical Associate Professor at USC’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
  • Awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award, administered by the President of the United States, highlighting the work of U.S. citizens who have achieved excellence in volunteer service to their community (2014).
  • Received a 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award by the Filipina Women’s Network (2013)
  • Hutto Patterson Foundation Award for Distinguished Faculty, USC School of Social Work (2010)
  • Jane Addams Faculty Award, USC School of Social Work (2009)

In recognition for her work empowering women and girls, and her efforts to combat violence against women, Annalisa was named a “Vagina Warrior” by V-Day founder and Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler.

The anti-exploitation activist

Annalisa Enrile is a professor of social work at USC, turning classrooms into brave spaces for training the next generation of change makers. She traces her roots back to the Philippines, where she became a human rights defender and anti-trafficking warrior.

In her role at USC’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, and outside it as well, Annalisa crusades for global justice and against human trafficking and exploitative labour practices. One of only a few Filipina social work Ph.Ds, and one of the highest-profile Filipina scholars in the United States, her work within the discipline focuses on social issues concerning the Filipino-American community – the fastest-growing Asian immigrant population in America and the third-largest Asian immigrant population in total.

At USC, Annalisa created the Philippines immersion program to encourage hands-on social work practice and to better study and report on human rights violations in the region. This program partners with local organizations attempting to foment social change and shed light on pertinent societal issues. In Southern California, she is a member of numerous organizations devoted to issues including human trafficking, slavery, female empowerment and the betterment of life for Filipino-Americans. She is also the author of Ending Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery: Freedom′s Journey.

“When you can 'other' whole groups of people, treating them 'less than' becomes easier.”
Annalisa to Salon
  • Awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award, administered by the President of the United States, highlighting the work of U.S. citizens who have achieved excellence in volunteer service to their community (2014).
  • Received a 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award by the Filipina Women’s Network (2013)
  • Hutto Patterson Foundation Award for Distinguished Faculty, USC School of Social Work (2010)
  • Jane Addams Faculty Award, USC School of Social Work (2009)

In recognition for her work empowering women and girls, and her efforts to combat violence against women, Annalisa was named a “Vagina Warrior” by V-Day founder and Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler.