Innocence in Danger (IID), a large non-profit global organization operating in 29 countries, today, posted an open letter to Lady Gaga requesting help and one of her hit songs to serve as their anthem.
At the helm of IID sits Homayra Sellier, the founder and president; who has dedicated a lifetime to the protection of children against all forms of sexual exploitation.
“Til It Happens To You” struck Sellier with a vengeance during the 88th Academy Awards and ever since Sellier has thought it might strengthen her organization’s voice. The song that was co-written with Diane Warren, from The Hunting Ground, speaks out and in tribute to the many victims of rape and abuse.
“I want survivors to believe that they can let down their guard and let our arms, voices and love shelter them,” Sellier states in her open letter posted on their website.
“Most of them have an immense wish to survive, but many do not. They have lost their will live,” Sellier continues.
Among the countries requiring Sellier’ oversight are France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, UK, US, Colombia and a new office about to come on line in Italy.
Sellier’ outward appearance and impressive background are as striking as the song she fell in love with. She studied marketing and public relations in western Paris at CELSA, one of the most prestigious journalism and communications schools in the world.
She speaks four languages fluently (including Farsi), and carries multiple cell phones to her many offices around the world. “For security reasons, I must carry a phone for each country I visit”, Sellier mentions.
Sellier recently caught the eye of the international media and film industry after the release of a ground breaking novel in which she is portrayed as a fictional character battling the forces of human trade. Sellier was humbled by the story saying that she foresees the story as being a future box office success.
In the open letter to Lady Gaga, Sellier is quoted as saying: “You have been victimized and still have the courage to speak out. You are a living example of one who survived; and has the world’s attention; your talent and your voice move across oceans. — Lady Gaga, I want them to know that they are not alone! I want their hearts to know they have found a home with our organization: Innocence in Danger, which includes me and our devoted teams.”
Read Homayra Sellers’ open letter to Lady Gaga here.