Chai said she experienced a "spiritual transformation" from that moment in grappling with the horrors of those women. She said she became a Christian in December 2009 and that helped her understand hope amid evil.
She launched a nonprofit advocating against the One-Child Policy, All Girls Allowed, in June 2010. The organization has five full time staff in the U.S. and about a dozen staff in China, in addition to dozens of volunteers.
Brian Lee, executive director of All Girls Allowed, said the organization also has an anti-trafficking campaign in China. He said the organization has made strides in that campaign and created greater awareness of "gendercide," infanticide that is slanted towards girls.
"We have seen over 300 baby girls born in places where gender ratio is as high as two boys for every one girl being born," said Lee. "So we're starting to see culture shifting."
The All Girls Allowed office is next to Jenzabar's headquarters in Boston, which helps the mother of three manage both. As she works on the key strategic questions of All Girls Allowed, she said her husband has been mostly running Jenzabar.
"God has been good," said Chai, whose daughters are age five, seven and 10. "He has been helping us balance."
Chai said she hopes to convey hope through the mission of All Girls Allowed.
During the press conference, Chai presented a petition of 1,500 signatures urging Obama to draw attention to forced abortion and gendercide with the Chinese president. An official state dinner will take place tonight as part of Hu's four day visit.
"We need cooperation between China and the U.S.," said Chai. "A lot of people feel like China is so big and evil and there's nothing we can do. But our experience is we can make a difference."