from the lips of survivors

We are incredibly fortunate to be able to welcome three inspiring women who will be travelling from Cambodia to Australia in March to support the work of PROJECT FUTURES. Each of these women have their own stories of survival, having experienced extreme abuse at the hands of men who believed it their right.

They will be in Australia to help us celebrate International Women’s Day and lend their voices to the Stella Fella campaign happening in March. They will be available to speak at local events in Sydney from the 4-8 March 2019. If you would like to request their presence at one of your events, school or workplace on these dates, please get in touch or complete the request form above.

meet our incredible SPEAKERS

  Somaly Mam  was sold into slavery at the age of 12. Forced to work in a brothel for nearly a decade, she was brutally tortured and raped on a daily basis.  After escaping the industry with the help of a foreigner, she went onto to establish safe houses for women and girls escaping situations of sexual slavery and exploitation. For over 20 years, she has provided victims with safe and secure housing, confidential psychological support, medical treatment, legal assistance and access to education and training.  At great personal cost, Somaly has touched and supported over 7,000 victims, survivors and those at-risk of slavery and exploitation and will be returning to Australia in 2019 to inspire others with her tale. Her story serves as a reminder of the atrocities committed against women and children and how through our actions, we can change the future for other young girls and women.   Founder and Managing Director of AFESIP Cambodia, Author, Sex Trafficking Survivor and International Human Rights Activist

Somaly Mam was sold into slavery at the age of 12. Forced to work in a brothel for nearly a decade, she was brutally tortured and raped on a daily basis.

After escaping the industry with the help of a foreigner, she went onto to establish safe houses for women and girls escaping situations of sexual slavery and exploitation. For over 20 years, she has provided victims with safe and secure housing, confidential psychological support, medical treatment, legal assistance and access to education and training.

At great personal cost, Somaly has touched and supported over 7,000 victims, survivors and those at-risk of slavery and exploitation and will be returning to Australia in 2019 to inspire others with her tale. Her story serves as a reminder of the atrocities committed against women and children and how through our actions, we can change the future for other young girls and women.

Founder and Managing Director of AFESIP Cambodia, Author, Sex Trafficking Survivor and International Human Rights Activist

  Nora Psy  was trafficked by her aunt at the age of 10 after having already been abused by other family members. She spent many harrowing years in and out of brothels before finally entering the care of AFESIP Cambodia where she received the necessary medical treatment and support, as well as opportunities to regain her confidence and financial independence.  Nora is not just a survivor. She is also a University graduate; the first to complete her studies thanks to the support of organisations like PROJECT FUTURES. She is now a qualified Psychologist who has chosen to use this gift to support other young women and girls who access AFESIP services.  This will be the first time that Nora will visit Australia to share her story. It is her hope that through this experience, the youth of today will rise up and stand in solidarity beside her, ensuring that no other little girl will be subjected to the same fate she once suffered.   Full-Time Psychologist at AFESIP Cambodia and advocate for women’s rights.     Watch her story      HERE

Nora Psy was trafficked by her aunt at the age of 10 after having already been abused by other family members. She spent many harrowing years in and out of brothels before finally entering the care of AFESIP Cambodia where she received the necessary medical treatment and support, as well as opportunities to regain her confidence and financial independence.

Nora is not just a survivor. She is also a University graduate; the first to complete her studies thanks to the support of organisations like PROJECT FUTURES. She is now a qualified Psychologist who has chosen to use this gift to support other young women and girls who access AFESIP services.

This will be the first time that Nora will visit Australia to share her story. It is her hope that through this experience, the youth of today will rise up and stand in solidarity beside her, ensuring that no other little girl will be subjected to the same fate she once suffered.

Full-Time Psychologist at AFESIP Cambodia and advocate for women’s rights. Watch her story HERE

  Ratana Chan  is a survivor of sexual exploitation and an active advocate for the rights of women and children .  After suffering decades of abuse from her father, she has finally broken free and stands proud and tall, ready to share her story. For Ratana,  “When you tell your story, you own it. For me HE owns me no more. I am FREE.”   In sharing her story, Ratana hopes to inspire others to take charge and fight for the rights she had stripped from her. The right to freedom. The right to a life free from fear. The right to her future.  Thanks to the support of AFESIP and PROJECT FUTURES, she is now working as a qualified psychologist in the AFESIP safe house, supporting other victims of trafficking on their road to recovery. Through her personal experiences and professional expertise, Ratana is able to provide specialised counselling when girls need it most.  Her journey from victim to survivor will inspire listeners to do what they can for as long as they can to end human trafficking  . Full-Time Psychologist at AFESIP Cambodia and advocate for women’s rights.

Ratana Chan is a survivor of sexual exploitation and an active advocate for the rights of women and children .

After suffering decades of abuse from her father, she has finally broken free and stands proud and tall, ready to share her story. For Ratana, “When you tell your story, you own it. For me HE owns me no more. I am FREE.”

In sharing her story, Ratana hopes to inspire others to take charge and fight for the rights she had stripped from her. The right to freedom. The right to a life free from fear. The right to her future.

Thanks to the support of AFESIP and PROJECT FUTURES, she is now working as a qualified psychologist in the AFESIP safe house, supporting other victims of trafficking on their road to recovery. Through her personal experiences and professional expertise, Ratana is able to provide specialised counselling when girls need it most.

Her journey from victim to survivor will inspire listeners to do what they can for as long as they can to end human trafficking

.Full-Time Psychologist at AFESIP Cambodia and advocate for women’s rights.

Please note, our special guest speakers from Cambodia will only be available during the week of International Women’s Day (4-8 March). If this does not suit your timings, a member of the PROJECT FUTURES team, (or our Stella Fella Ambassador, Nick Kenny) will be available throughout the month of March to support your event and share their experiences.


MEN WHO LEND THEIR VOICE TO OURS

MEET OUR CELEBRITY AMBASSADOR

  WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU REQUEST NICK AS A SPEAKER?   Nick will draw from his experience as a player and role model in professional Rugby League to encourage other young people, but particularly men, to consider how they can use their voice use to enact change within their own sphere of influence.  He will discuss the crucial role men play in driving change for women and children not only through their beliefs, but most importantly through their actions. As a strong advocate for human rights, Nick leads by example and through his courage and commitment to this issue, will help others embrace what it means to be a Stella Fella.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU REQUEST NICK AS A SPEAKER?

Nick will draw from his experience as a player and role model in professional Rugby League to encourage other young people, but particularly men, to consider how they can use their voice use to enact change within their own sphere of influence.

He will discuss the crucial role men play in driving change for women and children not only through their beliefs, but most importantly through their actions. As a strong advocate for human rights, Nick leads by example and through his courage and commitment to this issue, will help others embrace what it means to be a Stella Fella.

ABOUT NICK KENNY

Nick is an ex-professional Rugby League footballer who enjoyed a nine year career playing for the Brisbane Broncos before retiring in 2011 to focus on growing his physiotherapy business. 

Nick has been an Ambassador for PROJECT FUTURES since 2012 and a perennial challenger; having participated in four PROJECT FUTURES’ led international adventures, both joined and organised two local physical challenges and raised in excess of $100,000 for victims of sex trafficking and violence.

As a professional football player, he has seen how the game he loves has been tainted by negative media surrounding some players, which has ultimately affected the sport’s reputation.  

His goal is to lead by example, taking action against issues of exploitation and violence against women and help showcase the many positive male role models within this sport and community.

 Tacking the roads in Cambodia

Tacking the roads in Cambodia

 Nick Kenny cycling 400km across Cambodia alongside other Stella Fellas

Nick Kenny cycling 400km across Cambodia alongside other Stella Fellas

 Nick with our Founder Steph Lorenzo as they hike the Camino de Santiago in 2016

Nick with our Founder Steph Lorenzo as they hike the Camino de Santiago in 2016


At every event where a speaker is requested, a member of the PROJECT FUTURES team will be available as well.

MEET OUR SCHOOLS PARTNERSHIP OFFICER, REBEKAH SMITH

  Rebekah Smith,  Schools Partnership Officer at PROJECT FUTURES  “ Education is the key to unlocking the voice of millions .”

Rebekah Smith, Schools Partnership Officer at PROJECT FUTURES

Education is the key to unlocking the voice of millions.”

Bek joined PROJECT FUTURES in 2018 as an intern before taking on the title of “challenger”, cycling 400km across Cambodia alongside staff and students from Loreto Normanhurst in July . In her role as Schools Partnership Officer, she is able to use her personal experience visiting AFESIP Cambodia, as well as her ethical, social and professional understanding of Southeast Asia to build points of connection with the issue of sex trafficking for students across the country.

Her insight enables PROJECT FUTURES’ work to remain culturally sensitive and relative to the specific needs of Southeast Asian countries, whilst providing valued contribution to advocacy and fundraising goals to support and empower survivors of sex trafficking. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT bek@projectfutures.com or call 0491 004 948