Join us for a special one-time only event in which Somaly Mam shares her experiences and her passion for fighting back against human trafficking. Mam will be introduced by Somaly Mam Foundation Board Member, actress and UCLA alumna Laurie Holden.
A native Cambodian, Somaly Mam's family struggled through poverty and limited opportunities during her childhood. Because of this, Somaly was sold into a life of sexual slavery many times by a man who posed as her "grandfather." At a very young age, she was forced to work in a brothel with many other young girls and they were all treated horrifically through torture, manipulation, and scare tactics. Her past fuels her passion to help young children and women who are victims of human trafficking. This work also has brought Somaly enormous international attention, including recognition as a CNN Hero and appearances on television specials featured on CBC, CBS, NBC and MSNBC. Time Magazine recognized her this year as one of the world's 100 Most Influential People. An essay in Time, by Angelina Jolie, noted, "Most people would have walked away. Mam continues to fight back so that others can be spared the pain she once suffered."
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Presented by the UCLA School of Law International Human Rights Program
Sponsor(s): Asia Institute, UCLA Law, LexisNexis, the Public Interest Law and Policy Program, the International Human Rights Student Association, the UCLA Journal for International Law and Foreign Affairs
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