HUG is a northern Thai word that means ‘love’. HUG is also an acronym that stands for Hope, Understanding, and Grace. These are attributes that we think are important to display to the children that we work with on a daily basis.
June 2012 – The HUG Project was founded by a woman named Boom, who is a Thai national from Chiang Mai, Thailand. The HUG Project is currently developing under the Family Connection Foundation.
December 2013 – The HUG Project, as representatives of the Family Connection Foundation, signed a MOU with Chiang Mai’s Office of Human Security and Social Development with 5 other NGO’s in the Chiang Mai Province to recognize the registered anti-Trafficking organizations and encourage collaboration.
September 2014 – HUG Founder and Director Boom Bean was invited to speak at TedX Chiang Mai on the topic of the anti-human trafficking efforts she has been a part of in Thailand.
March 2015 – The HUG Project was involved in a collaborative effort to launch the Children’s Advocacy Center Thailand in order to improve the lives of abused children in the upper Northern Region of Thailand and increase investigation efforts through an organized joint venture task force between government and non-governmental organizations in the Upper Northern Region of Thailand.
June 2017 – HUG Project Founder, Boom Mosby, was honored at the US State Department in Washington DC as a 2017 TIP (Trafficking In Persons) Hero in June. She is the first Thai woman to receive this honor- in recognition of her groundbreaking work in the fight against child sex trafficking in Thailand.
April 2018 – Vital Voices (a US State Department program) honored HUG Founder & Director, Boom Mosby, as a Global Leader in Human Rights at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
December 2018 – HUG hosted organizations representing 3000 school students, dozens of Royal Thai Police, NGO partners, and International Law Enforcement to officially launch our Internet Safety Program for Students in Northern Thailand.