Somaly Mam Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

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Slavery Survivor, Scholar, Attorney Join Fight Against Sexual Slavery

The strategy of the Somaly Mam Foundation requires active engagement of global stakeholders, including grassroots NGOS, concerned individuals and philanthropic organizations. -Michael Waldman

The Board of Directors of the Somaly Mam Foundation welcomes three new board members in its fight against human trafficking: Diana Brummer, Kevin Bales, and Sina Vann.

The Somaly Mam Foundation is a public charity committed to ending modern day slavery around the world. Founded by sexual slavery survivor, Somaly Mam, the foundation supports rescue, shelter and rehabilitation programs across South East Asia, where the trafficking of women and girls, some as young as five, is a widespread practice. The Somaly Mam Foundation also runs global awareness and advocacy campaigns that shed light on the crime of sexual slavery and focus on getting the public and governments involved in the fight to abolish modern day slavery.

Sina Vann brings a crucial voice- that of a slavery survivor- to the Somaly Mam Foundation Board. Kidnapped in Vietnam at the age of 13, Sina endured years of brutal torture, rape, and abuse as a slave in the brothels of Cambodia. She was rescued during a raid organized by Somaly Mam, and hers is one of the many success stories to come out of the recovery and education programs established by Somaly Mam after her escape from sexual slavery. She has been a leader in the Voices for Change program and one of Somaly’s most trusted team members.

Executive Director Bill Livermore says, “Sina is the living embodiment of the power of the human spirit and the success of rehabilitation programs spearheaded by our foundation. I am humbled and honored to have watched her growth, culminating in this momentous occasion as she takes a leadership role as a member of the Board of Directors.”

Chairman of the Board, Michael Waldman, expressed further excitement for the addition of Kevin Bales, one of the world’s foremost leaders in the fight against modern slavery. “The strategy of the Somaly Mam Foundation requires active engagement of global stakeholders, including grassroots NGOS, concerned individuals and philanthropic organizations. Kevin’s travels around the world have helped him identify which efforts on the ground are most successful and why. We look forward to applying his knowledge to the expansion of the Foundation and our future efforts.”

Among Bales’ many accomplishments and associations, he is president of Free the Slaves, the US sister organization of Anti-Slavery International. Kevin brings a broad knowledge of policies and conditions that foster the modern slave trade, as well as the technical logistics of eradicating it from the global economy. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1999 for his book, “Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy,” and in 2006 his work was named one of the top “100 World-Changing Discoveries” by the Association of British Universities. He co-wrote “Slavery: A Global Investigation,” a documentary based on his work, which won the Peabody Award in 2000 and two Emmy awards in 2002. His list of accolades in the field of human rights investigations is extensive and his expertise is frequently sought by organizations seeking to eliminate human trafficking.

Diana Brummer, partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, brings much-needed international legal expertise to the Somaly Mam Foundation. For years, Diana worked in Tokyo at a major international law firm and concentrated in a broad range of commercial real estate transactions with particular emphasis on acquisitions. Her legal proficiency will be a major asset to the Somaly Mam Foundation as it broadens its influence with international governments and organizations.

More about Somaly Mam at:
http://somaly.org/whoweare/somaly

More about the Somaly Mam Foundation at:
http://somaly.org

Press Contact:
Chris Wright
cwright (at) somaly (dot) org
202.253.2900

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