Mickey Choothesa Biography.
Mickey Choothesaâ€™s photography raised more than half a million dollars between 2003 and 2005 for Non Government Organizations, charities and its affiliates in more than 30 countries.
Choothesa has served as Ethnologist, translator and documenting photographer for various non-governmental organization teams, or â€œNGOsâ€ (UNICEF, Save the Children UK, Southeast Asia Children Projects, George Washington University, Ronald Reagan Institute of Child Welfare, and other numerous NGOs around the world. With some of these assignments, he has found himself in remote places trekking the borders in hot spots between Southern China, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar. With camera in hand, heâ€™s explored and lived with local hill tribe villagers, conversed with children and captured their way of lives.
His professional photographic career started with exhibits in New Haven, Connecticut and Atlanta, Georgia, eventually spanning to other Eastern and Southeastern U.S. cities. Choothesa has been commissioned by several overseas organizations for photo exhibits, fundraising events, and auctions worldwide depicting children of developing Southeast Asian nations.
Inspired by various Southeast Asian countries after numerous assignments during the past 10 years, his camera guides him to capture the beauty and mystique of his subjectsâ€™ lives and cultures. Fusing his love of photography and adventure has encouraged Choothesa to travel globally for decades. His intention is to share the worldâ€™s beauty with those who have not, and probably will not, visit sacred and magical parts of the world like, for example, Vietnam. â€œ In Vietnam, people find pride in their work and pride in their country,â€ shares Choothesa. â€œThey are tremendously genuine.â€
In February 2005, Choothesa was asked to travel as a cultural advisor to Southeast Asia Children Projects (SACP) and Ronald Reagan Institute of Child Welfare on child trafficking issues in Southeast Asia. Later he would join the organizationâ€™s advisory board. As of December 2006, he has traveled with SACP four times, documenting their mission and serving as their Ethnologist, translator and regional diplomat in all three of its focus countries.
Choothesa later founded a non-profit organization â€œChildren Organization of Southeast Asiaâ€ www.cosasia.org Its primary aim is outreach, development, prevention and providing mental health care to children whoâ€™ve been victimized in sex trafficking and sexually abused. COSA functions in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand. He works closely with local shelters and many NGOs in the area providing training to local professionals in mental health care and prevention.
In 2006 Choothesa has joined as a vice chairman and trustee in restructuring â€œHarbor House Foundationâ€, a shelter in Maesai Northern Thailand, www.harborhousethailand.org . A shelter that rescues children aged 5 to18, who have been sex trafficked, â€˜at riskâ€™ and sexually abused by providing mental health care, education and self sustainable living.
His current work is entitled: â€œHumans for Saleâ€ is being exhibited in several cities in the U.S. Please visit www.choothesa.com for more of his work, upcoming projects, schedule and press releases.
Choothesa was born in Bangkok, Thailand and moved to Connecticut in 1971. In 1991 he moved south to Georgia and now resides in Atlanta.