Giraffe Heroes Database
Letter "F"
Entries beginning with "F"

Falciani, Hervé

Computer engineer Hervé Falciani uncovered data indicating fraud and tax evasion in the computers of his employer, the Swiss branch of HSBC international bank. When his employer ignored his reports, he gave the information to law enforcement in the countries affected by the criminal activities. Swiss authorities arrested and released Falciani several times; he fled to France, then Spain, where he can't be extradited to Switzerland which tried and convicted of fraud in absentia. His life has been threatened as he works with other countries that have welcomed his information and have begun probes into HSBC's illegal dealings.

  • whistle blowers
Giraffe work location(s): Europe
Home when commended: Europe
Home now: Europe
Gender: M (male)
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Family Helpline

The over 80 volunteers who joined the Family Helpline risk their personal safety to set up communications between the community and the street gangs in South Central Los Angeles.
(See also Leon Watkins)
  • community development
  • ethnicity/minorities
  • public safety
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, California
Home when commended: North America, US, California
Home now: North America, US, California
Gender: G (group)
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Farid, Andeisha

Andeisha Farid, born during an air raid on her village in Afghanistan and raised in refugee camps, now shelters and educates over 700 Afghan children, most of them girls. Despite threats and efforts to intimidate Farid, in the 11 orphanages her nonprofit runs, the children are protected from sex traffickers, and from extremists who think females shouldn’t be educated.

  • education
  • gender issues
Giraffe work location(s): Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Home when commended: Asia, Afghanistan
Home now: Asia, Afghanistan
Gender: F (female)
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Faruolo, Lisa

Lisa Faruolo and Michele Vignola decided that Lakota activist Leonard Peltier had been railroaded into prison. They left their families and jobs to move to Kansas and work on the Peltier defense campaign, tirelessly meeting with support groups, coordinating benefits, doing legal research and speaking out for Peltier's release and for justice for all Native Americans.

  • civil liberties
  • criminal justice
  • ethnicity/minorities
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Kansas
Home when commended: North America, US, Kansas
Home now: North America, US, Texas
Gender: F (female)
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Fathman, Robert

Psychologist Bob Fathman of Dublin OH set out to stop corporal punishment at his daughter's school and wound up dedicated to seeing it banned nationwide. Working at his own expense, Fathman has seen 25 states ban the practice. He reports abuse to the media, acts as an expert witness, speaks nationally, and provides free therapy to victims.
  • civil liberties
  • education
  • youth issues
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Ohio
Home when commended: North America, US, Ohio
Home now: North America, US, Ohio
Gender: M (male)
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Fattah, David

David and Falaka Fattah of Philadelphia PA have opened their hearts and home to at-risk boys for decades, putting both of their careers on hold to meet the needs of these boys. The courts routinely send chronic, violent offenders to the Fattahs, whose family grew to fill 24 houses.

  • criminal justice
  • ethnicity/minorities
  • youth issues
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Pennsylvania
Home when commended: North America, US, Pennsylvania
Home now: North America, US, Pennsylvania
Gender: M (male)
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Fattah, David and Falaka

David and Falaka Fattah of Philadelphia PA have opened their hearts and home to at-risk boys for decades, putting both of their careers on hold to meet the needs of these boys. The courts routinely send chronic, violent offenders to the Fattahs, whose family grew to fill 24 houses.

  • criminal justice
  • ethnicity/minorities
  • youth issues
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Pennsylvania
Home when commended: North America, US, Pennsylvania
Home now: North America, US, Pennsylvania
Gender: C (couple)
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Fattah, Falaka

David and Falaka Fattah of Philadelphia PA have opened their hearts and home to at-risk boys for decades, putting both of their careers on hold to meet the needs of these boys. The courts routinely send chronic, violent offenders to the Fattahs, whose family grew to fill 24 houses.

  • criminal justice
  • youth issues
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Pennsylvania
Home when commended: North America, US, Pennsylvania
Home now: North America, US, Pennsylvania
Gender: F (female)
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Feldman, Dorothy

Dorothy Feldman braved threats from violent men to start the first battered women’s shelter in Seattle, rescuing women from dangerous households, and opening the shelter doors despite a lack of funding. All endangered women were welcome, instantly, with no red tape.

  • health/public health/disabilities
  • public safety
  • womens issues
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Washington
Home when commended: North America, US, Washington
Home now: North America, US, Washington
Gender: F (female)
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Felix, Ples

The bond of friendship between Ples Felix and Azim Khamisa is strong, resolute, and born out of shared tragedy—Felix's grandson shot and killed Khamisa's son. Now Felix and Khamisa work together to end youth violence and to reform the criminal justice system because when children kill, "there are victims at both ends of a gun."

  • criminal justice
  • education
  • public safety
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, California
Home when commended: North America, US, California
Home now: North America, US, California
Gender: M (male)
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Fero, Bill

Bill Fero of Whitewater WI, a Vietnam vet who lost both legs in that war, began to deal with his anger and depression by taking families of Vietnamese refugees into his home. The autoworker used his vacation time to make six trips to Vietnam, taking with him donated medical supplies.

  • international aid
  • international peace
Giraffe work location(s): Asia, Vietnam; North America, US, Wisconsin
Home when commended: North America, US, Wisconsin
Home now: North America, US, Wisconsin
Gender: M (male)
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Ferrell, Trevor

Trevor Ferrell of Ardmore PA started distributing blankets to the homeless when he was 11. Since then hundreds of volunteers have joined Trevor's Campaign for the Homeless, which expanded to 15 other cities. Trevor and his family have given up their suburban comforts to work endless hours for the homeless.

  • poverty
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Pennsylvania
Home when commended: North America, US, Pennsylvania
Home now: North America, US, Pennsylvania
Gender: M (male)
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Fields-Davis, Sarah

Sarah Fields-Davis of Ashokie NC was threatened by the KKK when she was organizing in the coal fields of West Virginia, and she continues to be harassed in North Carolina's "Chicken Kingdom" as she teaches the unskilled, female employees of the chicken factories how to work together to improve their abysmal working conditions.

  • civil liberties
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, North Carolina; West Virginia
Home when commended: North America, US, North Carolina
Home now: North America, US, North Carolina
Gender: F (female)
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Finkel, Brian

The Mad Housers of Atlanta GA is a group of volunteers founded by Mike Connor and Brian Finkel, architecture students at Georgia Tech. Rallying fellow students to help, they started building tiny huts for the homeless, placing them anonymously in areas where the homeless gathered. Initially city officials called the huts illegal but eventually came around to honoring the practicality and inherent goodness of the Mad Housers’ work.
  • poverty
Giraffe work location(s): North America, USA, Georgia
Home when commended: North America, USA, Georgia
Home now: North America, USA, Georgia
Gender: M (male)
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Finley, Ron

Ron Finley was literally sick of “fast foods” and decided to plant his own food garden in a south central Los Angeles traffic island. It turned out that the garden violated a local ordinance, and the City told Finley to destroy it even though he was giving nourishing produce to people in the neighborhood. Finley responded with some grass-roots activism, and the city officials backed down. Finley then helped people start urban gardens throughout Los Angeles free of charge. 

  • community development
  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, California
Home when commended: North America, US, California
Home now: North America, US, California
Gender: M (male)
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Fisher, Lowell

Lowell Fisher, a rancher in Spencer, Nebraska, formed an association with 27 of his neighbors to stop the siting of a five-state radioactive waste dump in their county. Fisher went on a long hunger strike at election time. His goal: to make the governor stand by her promise to not green-light the project without local approval.
  • environment
  • government
  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Nebraska
Home when commended: North America, US, Nebraska
Home now: North America, US, Nebraska
Gender: M (male)
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