The U.S. Fund for UNICEF announced on Jan. 2 that actress Angie Harmon will be the newest UNICEF Ambassador. Harmon will use her celebrity to fundraise, educate and advocate on behalf of the world's most vulnerable children – those that are trafficked. In her first role as UNICEF Ambassador, Harmon will appear in Public Service Announcements (PSA’s) to raise awareness about the issue of child trafficking within the United States.
Globally, an estimated 5.5 million children are victims of human trafficking. Human Trafficking is the second most profitable illegal enterprise in the world, generating billions of dollars each year. While many Americans believe that human trafficking only occurs in other countries, human trafficking cases have been documented in every state in the United States.
To raise awareness about child trafficking and to mobilize communities within the United States to take meaningful action to help protect children, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF has launched The End Trafficking project. In partnership with concerned individuals and groups, the initiative aims to bring an end to the exploitation of children.
Over the years, UNICEF Ambassadors have played a critical role in raising awareness of children's needs globally. Harmon joins a distinguished roster of beloved celebrities who have embraced UNICEF through the years, dating back to Danny Kaye and Audrey Hepburn, and continuing today with stars such as Laurence Fishburne, Selena Gomez, Tea Leoni, Joel Madden, Alyssa Milano, Marcus Samuelsson, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Harmon’s first PSA was launched on December 21, 2012 and can be watched HERE.
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