Saving Innocence announced today award winning actress and philanthropist Mira Sorvino will be awarded the 2016 Saving Innocence Hero Award at the 5th Annual Saving Innocence Gala, an evening dedicated to ending child sex trafficking in the United States at the Loews Hollywood Hotel on Saturday, October 1st.

Sorvino, Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winning actress, has been the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking since 2009, traveling from Mexico to Darfur to here in the United States, testifying to Congress on the atrocities of human trafficking across our globe.

In addition, award winning actress Marisol Nichols has been tapped as host of the evening. Best known for her roles in 24, Criminal Minds and NCIS, Nichols produces the Human Rights Hero Awards and is a passionate ambassador working tirelessly to end human trafficking worldwide. Christopher Backus, Taron Lexton, Meagan Tandy, Claire Schreiner, Cory Tran, Serinda Swan and Cantina Dance Troupe join the list of previously announced celebrity guest attendees including Kellan Lutz, Brittany Gonzalez, Jess Collins and Jen Widerstrom.

“We are so honored to have both of these influential women be a part of this special evening. Mira’s extraordinary and heroic efforts to end human trafficking have been an inspiration to our team at Saving Innocence and we are thrilled to recognize her work with our Hero Award,” said Saving Innocence Founder/Executive Director Kim Biddle, “The annual gala plays a crucial role in allowing us to rescue more victims and we sincerely thank everyone involved.”

The 5th Annual Saving Innocence Gala will be an evening dedicated to furthering Saving Innocence’s mission of ending child sex trafficking in the United States. The event will include a hosted cocktail reception, silent auction and seated dinner program. Attendees will consist of a dynamic group of 400+ leaders in entertainment, business, community and culture who have come together to support the expansion of the First Responder Program. The initiative will enable victim advocate specialists to respond 24/7 alongside law enforcement to rescue children, coordinate all basic needs, provide therapeutic services, support her as a victim witness in various court systems, provide weekly mentorship and empower her dreams.

To purchase tickets to the 5th Annual Saving Innocence Gala or to learn more about how you can join in the mission to end child sex trafficking, visit

To bid on silent auction items including art pieces, fashion items, sports tickets, vacations and more, click here. Online bidding closes Saturday, October 1st at 6pm.

Red carpet arrivals will take place from 6:00pm-7:00pm.

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