Guest Blogger: Somy Ali
Somy was born in Karachi, Pakistan on the 25th of March in 1976. She attended the Convent of Jesus and Mary School until the age of nine in Pakistan. Following that, Somy’s mother, her younger brother, and she moved to the U.S. to start a new life.
In 1992, when Somy turned 16, she moved to Mumbai, India, with an interest in modeling as well as working in Hindi, Bollywood films. During her years spent in Mumbai, India, Somy worked in ten feature films and worked on many modeling assignments.
In December of 1999, Somy moved back to the U.S. to obtain a degree in psychology. She attended the Nova Southeastern University in Florida and in two years time graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in psychology. Somy worked at a local radio station doing talk-shows on social and political issues for two years while working on her bachelor’s degree, it was during this time that she became interested in journalism and decided to attend the University of Miami to obtain a master’s degree in broadcast journalism.
In February, 2003 while attending the University of Miami, Somy decided to move to New York with an interest in documentary filmmaking and attended the New York Film Academy. She graduated with a degree in film making in October of 2003. She completed three short films on Abortion, Domestic Violence, and Teenage suicide. Following that, Somy attended the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Florida and in 2004 obtained a degree in broadcast journalism. Somy’s first documentary, “I can Survive,” covered the plight of Pakistani rape victim, Mukhtaran Mai. The documentary aired at one of Hilary Clinton’s benefits in 2005.
Somy has been working as the founder and president of her 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization, No More Tears, with a mission to provide individualized assistance to human trafficking and domestic violence victims. No More Tears has rescued over 300 adult victims and more than 600 sexually and physically abused children since its inception in 2006. Somy takes no salary for her work with No More Tears and has used her savings of over $300,000 to rescue victims of abuse.
Somy’s mother, Tehmina Ali, is originally from Baghdad, Iraq. Somy’s father, Madan Ali, is from Karachi, Pakistan. Somy’s brother, Mohammad, lives Los Angeles, CA.