About Friends of Maiti Nepal
Friends of Maiti Nepal's primary role is to gather resources in the United States to assist Maiti Nepal in its battle against the egregious human rights violations of sex trafficking.
The Friends of Maiti Nepal was incorporated in Massachusetts in 2001 as a chapter 180 non-profit corporation. It is tax-exempt under 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. FOMN has been designated as the official representative of the Maiti Nepal in the United States. It was founded by Brigitte Cazalis-Collins and Joseph H. Collins. They have a long term association with Nepal, where they have lived intermittently for the past 20 years, pursuing various charitable activities. All legal services for the Friends of Maiti Nepal are provided pro-bono by the law firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP, Boston, Massachusetts.
Official representative of Maiti Nepal in the U.S.
Brigitte Cazalis-Collins has directed and implemented major outreach projects assisting refugees and women both in the U.S. and in Nepal. In the U.S. she was a member of the founding board of the Tibetan Resettlement Project, which provided sponsors, housing, employment and counseling to Tibetan families who immigrated to the U.S. under the Immigration Act of 1992. Since 2001, she has devoted her efforts to representing Maiti Nepal in the United States, focusing on fund raising and increasing awareness of the problem of sex trafficking.
Joseph H. Collins has worked for many years as an economic advisor to various government ministries and the Central Bank of Nepal on a pro-bono basis. His company, J. H. Collins and Associates, together with the Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems and KPMG(India) have written and supervised the passage of legislation in Nepal to encourage foreign investment and economic development.