The Dallas Women's Foundation will be hosting the 28th annual Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Tuesday, October 1st. The guest speaker, Academy Award winner and UN Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking, Mira Sorvino will give the keynote address. The event will raise awareness about modern day slavery here in North Texas and around the world.
Dallas Women's Foundation has been on the forefront in the fight against human trafficking here in North Texas through grants, research and raising awareness. In 2010 and 2011 the foundation hired the research firm Schapiro Institute to research human trafficking in Texas and in particular the D/FW community. The Foundation has granted more than $1.8 million to North Texas programs focused on the issue of human trafficking.
Dallas Women’s Foundation continues to engage the community through hosting screenings of trafficking documentaries, educating the public and speaking out about the injustice of slavery. In 2012, the Foundation invested in advocacy efforts that resulted in anti-trafficking legislation in Texas to facilitate the prosecution of traffickers and make rehabilitation more accessible to victims.
The Foundation is one of the largest regional women’s funds in the world. The Foundation believes that when you invest in a woman, there is a ripple effect that benefits her family, her community and her world. Dallas Women’s Foundation has granted more than $20 million to help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls.
The keynote speaker Mira Sorvino has used her fame to fight against the atrocities of modern day slavery. In 2009 she accepted the position to become the UN Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking and has met with governments, policy makers, victims and organizations fighting against slavery. She is also the official ambassador for Amnesty International’s “Stop Violence Against Women” program.
“When you look into the eyes of someone who’s had all their basic human rights stolen, their dignity stripped away, treated like an object, not a human being, how can you turn your back? How can you not speak out, and act?” — Mira Sorvino
The sold out luncheon will raise needed funds and awareness about the issue of slavery right here in North Texas.
It will be from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Hilton Anatole, Chantilly Ballroom.