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Video: Project Futures Global

03.26.12

The battle against human trafficking can seem a little overwhelming at times. It's hard to know how you can help or even where to start. That's why the Somaly Mam Foundation created Project Futures Global.

Project Futures Global is an organization that empowers every day people like you and me to organize fundraisers, websites and charity events to encourage others to donate to the Somaly Mam Foundation. If you are interested in starting your own fundraiser to fight human trafficking, visit the official Project Futures Global website: projectfutures.somaly.org.

Sexual slavery is real. Please help fight it by donating to the Somaly Mam Foundation. Even small donations make a difference. Click here to donate.

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Happy Birthday To Somaly Mam!

03.19.12

Somaly Mam will be celebrating her birthday on April 2nd! I would like to wish her a happy birthday as well as a great big thank you for all the hard work she puts in every day to rescue young girls from sexual slavery. Somaly Mam is a fine example of a modern day hero. Her courage and strength saves thousands of little girls every day; children who have no where else to turn. Happy birthday, Somaly! We are all so thankful for everything you do!

If you are in New York on April 2nd, you can purchase tickets to attend a birthday party for Somaly Mam! All proceeds benefit the Somaly Mam Foundation. Click here for more details.

Sexual slavery is real. Please help fight it by donating to the Somaly Mam Foundation. Even small donations make a difference. Click here to donate.

Photo credits: Somaly Mam

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Video: How To Save A Life, by The Fray

03.10.12

There may come a time in your life when you feel you are at your breaking point. Depression is real. I've never been truly depressed myself, but I do know what it feels like to be confused and ready to give up. How To Save A Life is a beautiful song because it talks about being there for someone when they really need you. It's about making an effort to connect with someone when they feel like they're ready to give up. They could be contemplating suicide or something far less severe, but whatever the case, sometimes all a person needs to get through the worst times in their life is a friend.

I hope this video inspires you to reach out to someone who needs help, even if it feels like you can't help much at all.
Click here to watch on YouTube.

Article written by Shelly Allen.

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For The Girls Who Haven't Had A Chance At Life Yet

02.29.12

I consider my life a very blessed one. It has been relatively easy with a few small bumps here and there. I've never seen any real danger or experienced anything truly tramatic. I have a family who loves me and would never do anything to hurt me. I'm not rich, but I have people I can trust, a roof over my head, a job I love and a car that runs.

More than anything, I feel lucky that I had a very happy childhood. I had parents who cared for me and protected me from danger. I felt safe and loved with a bright future ahead of me. As a kid, I didn't realize just how lucky I was, but now that I'm older and more aware of the world around me, I believe the life I've been blessed with so far is one of the most fortunate roads anyone could hope for.

I think most of the time, those of us who have been blessed with an easy path can develop a tendency to pretend like everyone else is just as lucky as we are. Even though many of us do this all the time, absolutely no one can do it in good conscience. I believe in my heart that if you have been blessed with an easier life, it is your responsibility to help those who are not as blessed as you are. It's easy to help out close family and friends, but we as humans have a natural weakness to ignore the needs of those who we do not know personally.

With that in mind, I want to take a moment to tell the young girls out there who's lives have been full of violence and hate that I respect your strength more than anyone else in this world. Daily you are forced to do things against your will before you've even had a chance to know the beautiful opportunities this world has to offer. Don't give up. Heavenly Father loves you. Every single night I pray for you. I pray that one day you will be free and that you will know the same joys I have experienced in my life. I pray that people will notice my blogs, spread the word about what you're going through, and donate money to the Somaly Mam Foundation whenever possible.

You are beautiful daughters of a God who loves you and knows every single moment of pain you have experienced. Only the strongest, most precious beloved daughters of God can endure the darkest evils of this world. It is wrong what you are going through and I will not allow myself to turn the other way while someone else's freedom is being stripped away from them. You are not alone and even though I can't do much, I will never stop spreading the word about human trafficking. All I want is for every single girl to have the same chance at life that I've had.

Often the fight against human trafficking can feel hopeless, but if we all work together, I believe we can accomplish anything. Don't be afraid to talk about it. Please help spread the word about human trafficking and if you can, take a moment right now to donate $20 to the Somaly Mam Foundation.

Life is good for some of us, it's time for us to make it a good experience for ALL of us.

Article written by Shelly Allen.
Photo by Shelly Allen Photography

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Video: Beautiful Somaly Mam Foundation Success Story

02.25.12

This is a beautiful video that shows the success story of a woman who was rescued by the Somaly Mam Foundation. This video shows the wedding of Lanh Chhayleng, an empowered Cambodian survivor of sex slavery. She wore several beautifully sewn dresses, hand-made by other survivors. When asked about how she met her husband met, Lanh Chhayleng said that he courted her, but she chose him.

Sexual slavery is real. Please help fight it by donating to the Somaly Mam Foundation. Even small donations make a difference. Click here to donate.

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Video: Patrick Stewart Talks About Domestic Violence

02.10.12

Patrick Stewart is one of my favorite actors. I was so pleased to learn recently that he considers himself a feminist. In this video he speaks out about violence against women. He also shares his own personal experience with domestic violence and ephasizes the psychological effects in can have on the entire family.

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