Best known as an Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actress, Mira Sorvino, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, will visit Charlotte on May 15 to discuss the human trafficking epidemic at Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Charlotte’s 2nd Annual Signature Luncheon. The deadline to buy tickets for the event is May 8. The inaugural event in 2018, featuring Erin Brockovich, was a sell-out attended by more than 400 members and guests.
According to advocacy groups and a FOX 45 report in November 2018, Charlotte ranks first in human trafficking in the state of North Carolina, which ranks 10th in the nation. In January, during National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, ShareCharlotte.org, a local one stop shop connecting the community and nonprofits, identified and spotlighted 13 local organizations working to prevent, educate and/or rehabilitate victims of human trafficking. They include: Justice Ministries, Love 46, Redeeming Joy, Present Age Ministries, Compassion to Act, Fashion & Compassion, Lily Pad Haven, Foundation for Girls, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, Latin American Coalition (La Coalicion), The Salvation Army, Florence Crittenton Services and Safe Alliance.
A Harvard graduate, Sorvino has traveled the world on behalf of the United Nations and testified to Congress on human trafficking atrocities. At CREW’s May luncheon, her goal is to build awareness and encourage action against human trafficking.
“As a member-driven organization, we try to select thought-provoking topics and speakers with a call to action,” said CREW Executive Director Patty Drummond. “We predict Ms. Sorvino and the human trafficking epidemic topic will strike a nerve with many and be another sell-out event.”
Sponsorship opportunities, tables and tickets are available through the CREW website.