United Nations Goodwill
Ambassador in the Global Fight
Against Human Trafficking
Academy Award-winning actress and United Nations (UN) Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino first expressed her passion for social justice at Harvard University, where she was awarded the Hoopes Prize for her summa thesis on racial conflict between Chinese and African students in the People’s Republic of China.
In 2009, Sorvino was appointed to her current position as the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)’s Goodwill Ambassador in the Global Fight Against Human Trafficking. She has traveled to Mexico and Spain to launch the UN’s Blue Heart Campaign Against Human Trafficking, and to London and Bangkok, Thailand to promote the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking. She represented the UNODC at the Vatican at the 2nd Annual Conference on Modern Day Slavery, and she regularly addresses the UN General Assembly.
She has also testified before the U.S. Senate on human trafficking; supported legislative change at the National Conference of State Legislators; and spoken at the National Association of Attorneys General, the American Bar Association, the Mashable Social Good Summit and the Deloitte Center to reform state laws on human trafficking.
In addition to her work in human rights, Sorvino is a highly accomplished actress. She received a number of awards, including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, for her role in Mighty Aphrodite. Additionally, she was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the miniseries Human Trafficking alongside Donald Sutherland. In 2020, she will be seen in the 20th Century Fox feature Sound of Freedom, which highlights the child trafficking victim rescue Operation Underground Railroad (OURescue).