Spotlight-Making a Difference- Somaly Mam Foundation

Saturday, December 22, 2012




 

Today we are highlighting the Somaly Mam Foundation.

I first saw this on the Half the Sky presentation, and it is a story worth telling.

I truly believe the words of the founder will speak to your heart more than mine- so here is the information from their website:

"The Somaly Mam Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to ending modern slavery and empowering its survivors as part of the solution. Human trafficking, a multi-billion dollar industry, is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. With an estimated two million women and children sold into sexual slavery each year, it is a global crisis that must be stopped.
 
Co-founded by sex slavery survivor Somaly Mam, the Foundation works to eradicate sex slavery, liberate its victims, and empower survivors to create and sustain lives of dignity and as agents of next-generation change. The Foundation supports rescue operations, shelter services, and rehabilitation programs in Southeast Asia, where the trafficking of women and young girls is widespread.
 
The Somaly Mam Foundation also runs awareness and advocacy campaigns that shed light on the crime of human trafficking, spotlight its brave survivors as living examples of change, and engage the public, business sectors, and governments in the fight to abolish modern slavery.
 
Our Vision: A world where women and children are safe from slavery.
Our Mission: To give victims and survivors a voice in their lives, liberate victims, end slavery, and empower survivors as they create and sustain lives of dignity." http://www.somaly.org/about-us
 
You can donate to this group, purchase items they have for sale (proceeds to the foundation), volunteer, request a speaker in your area to spread the word and do internships with them.

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