It begins with investing in her
Nomi Network believes in a world without slavery where
every woman can know her full potential. We create
economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk
of human trafficking.
Human trafficking is real. Approximately 46 million people live in slavery today. This modern day form of slavery is a $150 billion industry. It is noted to be the most profitable illicit industry in the world, it is quickly growing and surpassing the illegal sale of drugs and arms.
Nomi Network 2017 Gala Video: I Believe
Diana Mao, Co-Founder, President
It’s hard to believe that modern day slavery exists. It’s even harder to believe there are 46 Million slaves and that the human trafficking industry is a $150 Billion industry. Statistics about human trafficking were truly meaningless to me until I witnessed the horrors of sex trafficking first hand. In 2007 I travelled to Cambodia for a micro-finance research fellowship and it was there that my eyes were opened to this unbelievable industry. After that experience I was determined to do something about this issue, and divinely met Alissa Moore and Supei Liu, inviting them to join me on this journey to create opportunities for survivors and those at risk. In 2008 Nomi Network’s Founders had the privilege of visiting a shelter for under aged survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation where they met the organization’s namesake, an 8-year-old survivor of sex trafficking. Her incredible friendship and resilience demonstrated to the founders that she did not have to be defined by her past, but rather that she could be defined by her potential for a future. This little girl was no longer a statistic - she was an incredible human being with a story of redemption and possibility waiting to be written. Nomi Network exists so that survivors everywhere can say, “Know me, know my story, know my success”.
"I applaud the Nomi Network for its important work in restoring dignity to the victims of human trafficking. Its commitment to empowering women through training and economic opportunity instills hope for their future. President Bush and I stand with you."MRS. LAURA BUSH Former First Lady of the United States
“Nomi Network provides a unique and vital market-based approach to assisting survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia and India. By linking rural artisans to retailers in the West, Nomi is able to mitigate vulnerability to trafficking for each person it works with. The Nomi model is an important one and should be scaled as broadly as possible.”SIDDHARTH KARA Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard School of Public Health