Human Trafficking Survivor Leads Search for Solutions at The Daily Beast's Women in the World Conference

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Human trafficking survivor Somaly Mam joins a powerful group of women leaders, including Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep, Jacqueline Novogratz, Queen Rania of Jordan, Diane Sawyer, and Katie Couric, for the Daily Beast's Women in the World: Stories and Solutions Conference, March 12-14, 2010.

Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Human trafficking survivor Somaly Mam joins a powerful group of women leaders, including Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep, Jacqueline Novogratz, Queen Rania of Jordan, Diane Sawyer, and Katie Couric, for the Daily Beast's Women in the World: Stories and Solutions Conference, March 12-14, 2010. This three-day conference, co-hosted by the UN Foundation, Vital Voices Global Partnership,and Diane von Furstenberg, convenes women from around the world to share their stories of tragedy and triumph and work together to create concrete solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing women in the twenty-first century.

To open the conference, Meryl Streep will headline a reading of the documentary play SEVEN , which tells the stories of seven activist women from around the world. The next two days will see panels, interviews, and performances on subjects ranging from adolescent girls' education, to child and arranged marriages, to domestic violence and sexual slavery.

Somaly Mam will take part in a panel titled "Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery," along with Luis CdeBaca, US Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; Dao Tuyet Lien, businesswoman and victim of human trafficking; Sunitha Krishnan, Chief Functionary, Prajwala; and Sohini Chakraborty, dance activist and founder of Kolkata Sonved.

About Somaly Mam

Somaly Mam, a survivor of human trafficking, went on to found the largest shelters in Southeast Asia and has rescued over 5,000 girls in the past ten years. Somaly has garnered worldwide respect for her work and is now a renowned leader, advocate and protector of human trafficking victims. Universally recognized as a visionary for her courage, dignity, ingenuity, and resilience, Somaly was honored as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2009 and was featured as a CNN Hero. She is also the recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation, The World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child (WCPRC), Glamour Magazine's 2006 Woman of the Year Award, and has won accolades from the US Department of Homeland Security.

About The Somaly Mam Foundation

The Somaly Mam Foundation is a nonprofit public charity committed to ending modern day slavery around the world.

Human trafficking, a multi-billion dollar industry, is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. With over one million women and children sold into sexual slavery each year, it is a global crisis that must be stopped. More resources are critically needed to support the rescue and rehabilitation of these young victims.

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.

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

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