In her first role as UNICEF Ambassador, Harmon will appear in Public Service Announcements to raise awareness about the issue of child trafficking, an inhumane and exploitative practice, and urge Americans to help end it. An estimated 5.5 million children are victims of trafficking, an illegal enterprise that generates billions of dollars in yearly profits. Human trafficking cases have been reported in every state in the United States. Part of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's End Trafficking project, the 15, 30, and 60-second PSAs will air in January during Human Trafficking Awareness Month and appear online at http://bit.ly/HarmonTraffickingPSA.
"After learning the horrifying practice of child trafficking both in the United States and abroad, I knew I had to do something about it. That's what drew me to UNICEF," said Harmon. "I believe that ZERO children should be forced into prostitution or made to work, especially at dangerous jobs. I look forward to working with UNICEF to help reach a day when every child has a safe and healthy childhood."
To raise awareness about child trafficking and 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 us all closer to a day when ZERO children are exploited. To learn more, visit: http://www.unicefusa.org/endtrafficking.
"UNICEF Ambassadors have a wide range of backgrounds and accomplishments, but they all share a deep commitment to saving and improving the lives of children across the globe," said Caryl Stern , President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. "We're thrilled to have Angie Harmon join our efforts to help ensure the health, education, equality and protection of every child."
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 toDanny 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 , among others.