August 10, 2011
Spotlight on Human Trafficking With Mira Sorvino
All over the world, an estimated 2.5 million people are forced into labor, and often sexually exploited, as a result of human trafficking in their own countries and abroad. Oscar-winning actress and U. N. Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino has traveled the globe speaking about this issue, and is now taking her message to state legislators at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) 2011 Legislative Summit in San Antonio, Texas.
Sorvino will discuss state, federal and international efforts to combat human trafficking and will challenge the federal government to work with state lawmakers in prosecuting criminals and helping victims. The United Nations defines trafficking as “an act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them.”
Thursday, August 11th
Human Trafficking with Mira Sorvino
Moderator: Senator Renee Unterman, Georgia
8:00 - 9:00a.m.
Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center (Room 214C)
Members of the media are welcome to attend this session, but must first register in the NCSL press room, room 209, at the San Antonio Convention Center.
The daughter of film star Paul Sorvino, Ms. Sorvino has starred in many films including “Mighty Aphrodite” for which she won the Academy Award and “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.” She attended Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude in East Asian studies. In 2006, she was honored with Amnesty International’s Artist of Conscience Award given to those who have displayed longstanding philanthropic and humanist efforts. Through her work with Amnesty, Sorvino lobbied the U.S. Congress to abolish human trafficking and protest atrocities in Darfur, Sudan. In 2009, the U. N. Office of Drugs and Crime appointed Ms. Sorvino a Goodwill Ambassador.
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.