Gulchehra Hoja is a Uyghur American journalist and reporter for Radio Free Asia. She fled East Turkestan in 2001, and lived in the Washington, DC area ever since. In 2014, she was the first person in the Western world to report on the genocide facing the Uyghur people of East Turkestan. As a response to her reporting, the CCCP detained more than twenty-five members of her family; many of whom remain illegally incarcerated or missing. She has testified in front of Congress on the plight of the Uyghur, and won many awards for her work, including the Magnitsky Human Rights Award and the International Women's Media Foundation's Courage in Journalism Award. She was named as one of the world's 500 Most Influential Muslims in 2019 and 2020.