Ruchira Gupta Presented with Abolitionist Award

On May 5, Nomi Network presented the 2010 Abolitionist Award to Ruchira Gupta for her work towards ending human trafficking in India in association with Apne Aap.

Ruchira emphasized the global scale of the challenge by referencing the 3 million girls who are in prostitution in India.

“It’s a big number. When this number is put to use, it can be changed. It can be challenged,” she said. Her words and work continue to inspire Nomi Network to put beliefs into actions and actions into activism that will change lives.

Additional speakers included CeFaan Kim of New York 1, actress and abolitionist Mamie Gummer, Susan Lee, and Benjji Cheung. Other notable supporters included actress Ashley Judd who wrote a letter in praise of Nomi Network's mission and pop idol Ricky Martin who sent a video message congratulating Ruchira Gupta and Nomi Network for their fight against human trafficking.

Nomi also launched a new Spring collection of handmade bags made by at-risk women & survivors of sexual exploitation. Purchase the bags online at

Guests noshed on cocktails and desserts while perusing raffle items. Proceeds support continued job opportunities for at-risk Cambodian women and new product development.

- by Don Torrance


  1. I was at the cocktail party, and I thought that Ruchira was an excellent public speaker. She spoke passionately from her experience as an abolitionist, and she was very inspiring.

  2. I admire Ruchira. I like her strong will to end human trafficking. With her strong will and concern to people, she really deserves her award. In fact, she can become a great leader.


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