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Ending Human Trafficking: Empowering Survivors as Part of the Solution

Online • March 18, 2014

In this session you’ll hear about the innovative ways in which Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF) is tackling the problem of human trafficking, and you will learn how you can lend your voice in support of this critical movement.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Human trafficking is a pandemic reaching every corner of the globe, forcing millions into involuntary labor, domestic servitude, and prostitution. With an estimated 21 million people around the world toiling in this $32 billion dollar industry, we can no longer idly standby. Cambodia is a country with a fractured history and society that continues to suffer from the aftermath of the Khmer rouge genocide, creating an environment where the trafficking and exploitation of women and girls continues to be widespread. Inspired by the vision of Cambodian survivor and human rights activist Somaly Mam, the Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF) is dedicated to eradicating the trafficking and exploitation of women and girls in Cambodia, and empowering survivors as part of the solution

In this session you’ll hear about the innovative ways in which SMF is tackling this problem and learn how you can lend your voice in support of this critical movement. 

Gina Reiss-Wilchins is a senior management and development professional with over two decades of experience in the non-profit sector. She has worked closely with community-based organizations, philanthropic institutions, and United Nations agencies on a number of social justice causes. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Somaly Mam Foundation, providing strategic direction and leadership for its work in in U.S. and Cambodia. Prior to joining SMF, Ms. Reiss-Wilchins served as Director of the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign. She is a graduate of UCLA with a BA in English Literature and Women’s Studies.


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