Who We Are

Our Mission: To assist and empower victims of human trafficking and domestic violence.

Somy Ali, the Founder and President of No More Tears, witnessed many injustices and violence growing up in Pakistan and during her teenage years while working as a Bollywood actress in India.

Abuse and injustice affects everyone without regard to class or religion. After finishing her education, Somy registered No More Tears in 2006 to help survivors of abuse who were brought to the U.S from various countries around the world. Today Ali, and a dedicated group of volunteers, medical professionals and legal advisors help men, women and children start a new life free from abuse.

Board of Directors

Somy Ali
Founder & President

Somy Ali was born in Karachi, Pakistan to an Iraqi mother, and a Pakistani father. Somy and her family moved to the U.S. when she was 12 years old to pursue her education. At age 15, Somy moved to Mumbai, India to pursue a teenage crush on a Bollywood actor, and ended up starring in 10 Bollywood films and in several commercials. Ali moved back to the United States in 2000, and obtained a degree in psychology from Nova Southeastern University.

After completing her degree, Somy Ali began laying the groundwork to launch No More Tears. In the initial stages of No More Tears, Somy used her savings of $286,000 to help victims of abuse. Following that, No More Tears has been reliant on private donors to continue its mission.

Dr. Laura Finley
Chair

Laura Finley earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Western Michigan University in 2002. Dr. Finley is the author or co-author of eight books and has also authored numerous book chapters and journal articles. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Finley is a community peace activist, with active involvement in local, national, and international groups. She regularly presents on topics related to peace and social justice. In addition, Dr. Finley is on the Board of Directors of No More Tears, as well as co-chair of the South Florida Diversity Alliance.

Christiana Lilly
Director

Christiana Lilly is a journalist who strives to use the power of storytelling to incite change. The daughter of a foreign service officer, she grew up moving around Asia and developed a passion for human rights issues and using her love of words to expose wrongs. In her coverage, she has written about domestic violence, conversion therapy, teen homelessness, and the effects of pipelines on landowners. Christiana is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she studied journalism. She lives in Fort Lauderdale with her husband, Jack, and their rescue dog Miles.

Prashant Thakker
Director

Born in Mumbai, Prashant is a Miami-based writer. Most recently, he was one of the screenwriters who collaborated in the full length feature film Horror Time, produced by James Franco. In 2010, he co-produced the award-winning film I Am. Prashant studied creative writing at the University of Miami and screenwriting at Studio4 in Los Angeles and New York. He is a proud feminist, dog-lover, and a citizen of the world.

Francis Suarez
Director

In November 2009, Francis X. Suarez was sworn in as Commissioner of District 4. He was subsequently reelected to a four-year term and served as Chairman of the City Commission from January 2012 until January 2013 – the youngest person to hold this distinction.

Prior to running for public office, Mayor Suarez established a law practice focusing primarily on real estate and corporate transactions. He also founded Edge Title Company, Inc., a successful real-estate and title firm. Mayor Suarez lives in Miami with his wife Gloria Fonts Suarez.

Luigi Esposito, Ph.D.
Director

Luigi Esposito, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. He has co-edited three books and published numerous articles and book chapters on issues related to neoliberalism, race and ethnic relations, social theory, gun politics, globalization, mental health, and ethics.

He has presented dozens of papers at professional conferences in various countries. His research has appeared in various professional journals, including The Sociological Quarterly, The Western Journal of Black Studies, Humanity and Society; Journal of Aging and Identity, Studies in Symbolic Interaction, Theory in Action, Peace Studies Journal; State Crime Journal; and Perspectives on Global Development and Technology.