AAPI-TN hosts Free for Life International to raise funds to stop human trafficking in India


India is one of the key designations for human trafficking which affects between 20 and 65 million people.

Women and children, especially girls are trafficked within the country for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced marriage, especially in those areas where the sex ratio is highly skewed in favor of men. A significant number of children are subjected to forced labor as factory workers, domestic servants, beggars, and agriculture workers, while others have been used as child soldiers by insurgent or terrorist groups.

Even though India is the world’s largest democratic republic, the country is plagued with widespread poverty and lack of proper education, resulting in a myriad of human rights violations, especially against women and girls.

In order to bring an end to human trafficking and help the low-income community, the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), organized a fund-raising gala at Nashville, TN on November 20.

The Fall Fundraising Gala in support of Free for Life International (FFLI), raised $75,000, in order to help strengthen the efforts to end human trafficking and to help continue and expand their impact in India.

During his speech, Dr. Anuradha P. Mann, President of AAPI Tennessee Chapter, noted that human trafficking has been steadily in the US as well with cases in all 50 states have been reported.

“We as a community have a duty to end the various forms of slavery,” said Mann.

“FFLI works in prevention along with rescue, restoration, rehabilitation and education of trafficked victims, we are pleased to present this token of our appreciation to help support the efforts of FFLI,” she added.

The underlying theme of Diwali, celebrating Light over Darkness, Victory of Good over Evil and Knowledge over Ignorance, which has caught up the attention of people all over the world, was done as the traditional lamp was lit by AAPI-TN Executive Committee, AAPI USA President Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, Congressman Jim Cooper and Grand Sponsor Dr. Bharat Sangani.

In her address, Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, President of national AAPI highlighted some of the major achievements of AAPI under her leadership in the past five months ever since a new executive committee assumed charge of AAPI in July this year.

She reminded AAPI members that, as part pf the upcoming Global Healthcare Summit, AAPI has initiated preventive healthcare screenings in 75 villages to understand the concept of preventive screenings help to diagnose any silent diseases which are causing premature deaths.

The event began with the Event Chair Dr. Sunil Kaza welcoming community members, family, friends, colleagues and sponsors.

“We, AAPI-TN team, worked hard to stick to the mission of AAPI, for education and charity to serve humanity. We thank each and every member that attended and supported the event. Our special thanks to all our Sponsors,” said Dr. Sunil Kaza, Chair of the Gala Committee.

Attended by over 150 AAPI delegates from around the nation and more than 250 local members, the weekend event was packed with activities including Business Meet, “warm meet and greet” with local AAPI TN members, CMEs, fun-filled impromptu ‘Mehfil’ led by Dr. Amit Chakrabarty, Gala and Dinner.

During the event, AAPI-TN Chapter donated $10,000 to the National AAPI’s Endowment Fund