8-year old Nomi is a survivor of human trafficking in Cambodia. When Diana Mao met Nomi at a recovery shelter, she was shocked and moved by her story. Trafficked by her stepfather, without her motherâ€™s disapproval, Nomi was discovered by outreach workers â€“ CAGED. She could not speak and was biting and drooling. Brought to the shelter, where she received care and nurture, it gave Diana great hope to witness Nomiâ€™s growth â€“ â€śliving up to her God-given potential.â€ť Diana founded the Nomi Network to share Nomiâ€™s story and to help bring hope and healing to those recovering from human trafficking, as well as preventing and intervening for people at risk of being trafficked.
Human Trafficking spokeswomanÂ Diana MaoÂ joins me on this episode ofÂ The Dignity of WomenÂ podcast, addressing the reality of human trafficking and how she left the path to a successful future, moved by a personal encounter, in order to found an organization that assists survivors and women at risk of human trafficking.
Diana Mao co-founded Nomi Network after a rewarding career inÂ economic development and management consulting. Since itsÂ inception, Diana has played an instrumental role in making NomiÂ Network the catalytic international organization it is today. SheÂ is responsible for the strategic direction of the organizationÂ since its founding and building Nomi Networkâ€™s Board andÂ strategic partnerships with large corporations, funders, andÂ investors.Â A 2015 Presidential Leadership Scholar and New York Academy ofÂ Medicine Fellow, Mao earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in BusinessEconomics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and aÂ Master of Arts in Public Administration with a specialization inÂ International Management from New York University. She receivedÂ the Pioneer Award from Asian Americans for Equality and New YorkÂ University Recent Alumni Award for her critical work inÂ conceiving and building Nomi Network to the powerful force it isÂ today in the anti-human trafficking movement.â€ť
The Nomi Network creates economic opportunities for survivorsÂ and women at risk of human trafficking.
Â EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS
- Personal encounter and call to human trafficking awareness
- Walking away from a successful future to embrace non-profit work
- Poverty, caste system, foster care, homeless youth connection to HT
- Inter-generational prostitution (largely in India)
- Rehabilitation and recovery for victims (50-60% success rate)
- Prevention of human trafficking
- Pornography and HT (80% survivors report being â€śtrainedâ€ť with porn)
- Response â€“ What can I do?
Â LINKS AND RESOURCES
- Nomi Network
- Buy Her Bag Not Her Body
- Pornography and Human Trafficking
- National Human Trafficking Hotline
- Justice and Care
- Global Slavery Index
- The Business of Modern Day Slavery
- Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Day Slavery
- Good News About Injustice: A Witness of Courage in a Hurting WorldÂ
- A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery
- Comic Books