ATHENA International to present National Leadership Award to Mira Sorvino for work in Anti-Human Trafficking

ATHENA International,  a global non-profit organization whose mission is to develop, support  and honor women leaders, announced today that Andrea Conner, President, presented the ATHENA National Leadership Award to Mira Sorvino for her work in anti-human trafficking with the United Nations, on May 15, 2019 at CREW Charlotte's Second Annual Signature Luncheon at The Westin Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

The ATHENA National Leadership Award is presented to an exceptional woman leader who demonstrates professional excellence, gives back to her community,  assists other women in realizing their full leadership potential and has  created an international impact on the lives of women. Sorvino joins a prestigious list of national recipients including Dr. Mona Hana-Attisha who exposed the Flint water crisis, Kathy Hannan of KPMG, and Bonnie Carroll, founder of TAPS org. 

“Mira is a courageous advocate who gives back by championing the cause for trafficking victims on on a local and national scale. Her commitment to equality and human rights has led her to work with the United Nations where her voice has been amplified,” said ATHENA International President Andrea Conner.  

Sorvino excelled at school and attended Harvard University, graduating in 1990 with a major in East Asian area studies after spending an academic year abroad in China, where she learned to speak Mandarin. Sorvino has gone on to tackle projects spanning many genres in both TV and film, and has supported numerous human rights causes, which drew more praise for her performance. She received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in Human Trafficking (2005). 

“Everyone can make a difference to change the life of another person. I was called to give back and fight against trafficking,” said Sorvino. Also affiliated with Amnesty International since 2004, and in 2006, Sorvino was honored with Amnesty International’s Artist of Conscience Award given to those who have displayed longstanding philanthropic and humanist efforts. Sorvino has been a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking, since 2009 through 2012, and has lobbied Congress to abolish human trafficking in Darfur.

Additional honors and awards include:  An Emmy, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance, a Critic’s Choice award. In addition to being honored by Amnesty International, Sorvino was recognized for her work with Time’s Up. 


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