Each year, Before the Knot teams up with their valued partners throughout the Miami area to put on a great party with an even greater cause. This year, they want to highlight an organization that is not only special, but relevant to the majority oftheir female clients. For this reason, they have partnered with The Somaly Mam Foundation, an organization that works to eradicate modern-day slavery and promote female empowerment.
Somaly Mam is a human rights activist, bestselling author, and survivor of sex slavery who was born into a tribal minority family in Cambodia, and sold into slavery at the age of 12. She was forced to work in a brothel alongside other women and children, being brutally tortured and raped on a daily basis. Somaly was eventually able to escape from her captors, but she vowed to never forget those left behind. Since her escape, she has devoted her life to saving victims, building shelters, and empowering survivors through employment and making new life choices. She focuses on building emotional and economic strength in each survivor, so they can withstand the world ahead and face the future with a sense of hope.
In 2007, the Somaly Mam Foundation was established- a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting anti-trafficking efforts in Southeast Asia. The foundation works to engage governments, corporations, and individuals in a multilateral solution-driven approach to end human trafficking. The practice of sex trafficking is a complicated and uncomfortable global issue that many leaders and individuals have chosen to ignore the severity of. Being that it is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, with over two million women and children sold into slavery each year. Join in opening our eyes to modern-day slavery and working to empower not only the brave survivors, but all women and children around the world. They ask that each invitee make a kind donation to the Somaly Mam Foundation with a minimum of $20 dollars. A complimentary cocktail from The Broken Shaker and lite bites will be provided. All proceeds go to the Somaly Mam Foundation.