No other advocate
has been more vocal, or effective in the campaign
to end human trafficking than Somaly Mam. Mam
knows first-hand the suffering of these innocent
children because she was forced to be a sexual
slave when she was a young girl. She escaped and
recovered and in 2007 formed the Somaly Mam Foundation
to build schools and rescue other young girls
who were forced to become sexual slaves.
On October 20th, the Somaly
Mam Foundation, held a benefit dinner at tony
Espace in Times Square in support of victims,
and to honor The Body Shop Americas, Russell Simmons
of Rush Communications and Melanne Verveer, the
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues
U.S. Department of State. The gala began with
an introduction by the master of ceremonies, Somaly
Mam Foundation Executive Director Bill Livermore.
Livermore and Mam, presented Ambassador Melanne
Verveer with The Voices of Change Ambassador Award.
One of the more emotional events
of the evening was when sisters Hok Sokleang and
Chea Lingya—survivors of the trafficking
trade—bravely shared their personal accounts
of the terror and exploitation they had experienced.
The Somaly Mam Foundation for bringing them the
hope and strength to create happy and successful
Petra Nemacova and Russell
Later that evening, actress
Annalynne McCord introduced Phil Kowalczyk, President
of The Body Shop Americas, who was presented with
an award for The Body Shop's campaign to
Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People.
Model/philanthropist, Petra Nemcova—who
serves on the SMF’s Global Advisory Board—presented
Russell Simmons with the The Voices of Change
award for his work as the UN Goodwill Ambassador
for the Permanent Memorial To Honor The Victims
of Slavery and The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
Susan Sarandon, Somaly
Mam and Padma Lakshmi
Co-Chairs for the Gala included:
Lauren Bush, Deepak Chopra, Kerry Girvin, Bianca
Mead, Andy and Laura Heery Prozes, Susan Sarandon
and Shelley Simmons.
Other notable guests included
Padma Lakshmi, Ron Livingston, Melanne Verveer,
actress/activist, Susan Sarandon, Her Excellency
Hun Kimleng, and Ambassador Luis C de Baca, the
Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking
in Persons at the State Department.
Chloe Flower Performs
The event raised $549,450 for
foundation. For more information on the Somaly
Mama Foundation, and to pledge your support, Log
on to: somaly.org
Here is some more
information from the press release from Jonathon
Marder + Associates:
The Humanitarian Auction (Fund-A-Need),
allowed the Somaly Mam Foundation to provide the
following for shelters in Southeast Asia. Here
are the level of support:
• $10,000 WILL SUPPORT
FEED A SHELTER: provide two month’s worth
of fresh water, rice, and nutritious meals for
70 girls staying at a shelter in Southeast Asia.
Or SHELTER TRAINING AND SUPPORT: pays for infrastructure
and supports costs involved with training survivors
for one shelter for four months. This donation
covers workshop staff capacity building, sewing
equipment and materials, hairdressing equipment
and materials, agriculture business supplies,
business management courses, computer and life
skill training, maintenance and repair of training
equipment, field visits for survivors to associated
shelters, and more.
• $5,000 WILL SUPPORT
SCHOLARSHIP FOR A YOUNG SURVIVOR: provides an
academic scholarship to four survivors in Southeast
Asia for an entire year. The scholarship provides
entrance fees, books, materials and a living stipend.
Through an education a survivor is empowered to
build a new life and career, enabling her to support
herself and play an active role in the local economy.
• $1,000 WILL SUPPORT
TECHNOLOGY: pays for six months worth of technology
needs for three shelters. The funds will be used
for computers at the centers in Cambodia and the
dedicated staff to operate them as well as provide
Internet service. (Internet access provides a
host of necessary administrative and educational
tools for both the survivors and the shelter staff.)
• $100 WILL SUPPORT START
A BUSINESS, REBUILD A LIFE: provides a survivor
with essentials she needs to start her own business,
including supplies and materials.
About The 2011 Gala’s
About Phil Kowalczyk, The Body
In August 2009 The Body Shop
kicked off the campaign Sex Trafficking of Children
& Young People that has reached more than
50 countries. The campaign is exceptional in scale
for The Body Shop, but not in nature.
The Body Shop was created 35
years ago with a very specific vision by its exceptional
founder, Dame Anita Roddick, who believed business
could and should be a force for positive social
In September 2011, The Body
Shop handed over seven million customer signatures
to the United Nations Human Rights Council calling
for greater action at a coordinated international
level to tackle child sex trafficking. In response
to The Body Shop campaign and petition, 15 countries
have to date committed to legislation action.
The Body Shop thanks the governments of Malta,
Denmark, Portugal, South Africa, Malaysia, Norway,
Switzerland, France, Romania, Taiwan, Ireland,
Indonesia, Pakistan, New Zealand and The Philippines
for committing to take action that will change
countless lives for the better. The Body Shop
US & Canada are proud partners of Somaly Mam
and the Somaly Mam Foundation for their efforts
in the rehabilitation of young girls in Cambodia,
Thailand, Laos and across the world, and for their
dedication in bringing an end of child sex trafficking.
About Russell Simmons, Rush
Forbes Magazine recently named
Russell Simmons one of “Hollywood’s
Most Influential Celebrities.” USA Today
named Russell Simmons one of the “Top 25
Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years,”
calling him a “hip-hop pioneer” for
his groundbreaking vision that has influenced
music, fashion, finance, the jewelry industry,
television and film, as well as the face of modern
philanthropy. From creating his seminal Def Jam
Recordings in 1984, to the 2007 publishing of
his New York Times best seller “Do You!
12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve
Happiness and Success,” Russell is recognized
globally for his influence and entrepreneurial
approach to both business and philanthropy.
Giving back is of primary importance
to him in all aspects of life and as Chairman
and CEO of Rush Communications; he has consistently
leveraged his influence in the recording industry,
fashion, television, financial services, and jewelry
sectors to give back. A devoted yogi, Russell
also leads the non-profit division of his empire,
Rush Community Affairs, and its ongoing commitment
to empowering at-risk youth through education,
the arts, and social engagement. Russell also
serves as UN Goodwill Ambassador For The Permanent
Memorial To Honor The Victims Of Slavery and The
Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
About Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-At-Large
for Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department
President Barack Obama appointed
Melanne Verveer as Ambassador-at- Large for Global
Women’s Issues. The President’s decision
to create a position of Ambassador-at-Large for
Global Women’s Issues is unprecedented,
and reflects the elevated importance of these
issues to the President and his entire Administration.
In her capacity as director of the Department
of State’s new office on Global Women’s
Issues, Ambassador Verveer coordinates foreign
policy issues and activities relating to the political,
economic and social advancement of women around
the world. She mobilizes concrete support for
women’s rights and political and economic
empowerment through initiatives and programs designed
to increase women’s and girls’ access
to education and health care, to combat violence
against women and girls in all its forms, and
to ensure that women’s rights are fully
integrated with human rights in the development
of U.S. foreign policy.
Ambassador Verveer most recently
served as Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global
Partnership, an international nonprofit she co-founded.
Vital Voices invests in emerging women leaders
and works to expand women’s roles in generating
economic opportunity, promoting political participation,
and safeguarding human rights. Prior to her work
with Vital Voices, Ambassador Verveer served as
Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff
to the First Lady in the Clinton Administration
and was chief assistant to then-First Lady Hillary
Clinton in all her wide-ranging international
activities to advance women’s rights and
further social development, democracy and peace-
building initiatives. She also led the effort
to establish the President’s Interagency
Council on Women. Prior to her time in the White
House, Ambassador Verveer served in a number of
leadership roles in public policy organizations
and as legislative staff.
Ambassador Verveer has a B.A.
and M.A. from Georgetown University. She is a
member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Women’s
Foreign Policy Group, and numerous other organizations.
Chloe Flower is a classically trained pianist
currently working on her debut album, which fuses
her own traditional arrangements with contemporary
beats. Produced by the legendary Kenny “Babyface”
Edmonds, Tim and Bob. This groundbreaking album
marks an unprecedented collaboration between Chloe
and her inspiration, Somaly Mam. The album is
a journey of emotions separated by three acts,
each opening with the moving words of Deepak Chopra.
Using the power of music, Chloe
hopes to bring a much-needed awareness to the
human trafficking epidemic. Strong and moving
themes were carefully chosen to trigger specific
emotions in the listener. Deepak Chopra’s
opening words in each act guide the audience through
a journey from innocence to suffering, then culminating
with hope and healing. Chloe will be donating
a portion of her album sales to The Somaly Mam
Foundation in an effort to help end human trafficking.
Chloe has performed throughout
the United States and abroad, and attended the
Aspen Summer Music Festival with her late piano
teacher, Herbert Stessin of The Juilliard School.
She also has studied with Aaron Shorr at the Royal
Academy of Music in London. In addition to piano,
Chloe played the cello for ten years. She speaks
four languages including Hindi, French, and Korean.
She was recently accepted into the private studio
of New York Philharmonic harpsichordist Lionel
Party who is also a faculty member at the prestigious
Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School.
“Chloe Flower is a very
unique and extremely talented artist. She is poised
to become a global superstar. Working with Chloe
has inspired and taken me into a new musical world
that is very exciting for me.” – Kenny
For more information about Chloe
and her touring schedule go to:
About The Somaly Mam Foundation:
The Somaly Mam Foundation is
a nonprofit charity committed to ending modern
day slavery in North America and around the world.
Human trafficking, a multi-billion dollar industry,
is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in
the world. With over two 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.
Co-founded by sexual slavery survivor, Somaly
Mam, the Foundation works to eradicate human trafficking,
liberate its victims, and empower survivors so
they can create and sustain lives of dignity.
The Foundation supports survivor rescue, shelter,
0and rehabilitation programs globally with a special
focus on Southeast Asia, where the trafficking
of women and girls, some as young as five, is
a widespread practice. The Somaly Mam Foundation
also runs awareness and advocacy campaigns in
North America and around the world that shed light
on the crime of human trafficking and focus on
getting the public and governments involved in
the fight to abolish modern day slavery.
The Foundations Vision: A world where women and
children are safe from slavery.
The Foundation’s 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.