Mariska Hargitay, the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning actress who stars as Olivia Benson on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, will speak at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon on March 13.

Hargitay will discuss her career as an actress, and how her role inspired her to become an advocate for survivors of violence and abuse by creating the Joyful Heart Foundation. Joyful Heart’s mission is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. She will also talk about NO MORE Day of Action and the NO MORE movement that has been developed to increase public visibility of the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. Hargitay will also speak of her organization’s work to end the backlog of untested rape kits in the United States, including the Foundation’s work in support of the City of Detroit.

The Press Club Luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m., with remarks beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $21 for Press Club members (NPC Members may purchase 2 tickets at this rate) and $35 for all other non-member tickets.

For questions, please email reservations@press.org or call (202) 662-7501. Tickets must be paid for at the time of purchase.

National Press Club Luncheons are webcast live on press.org. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NPCLunch, or on Facebook at (facebook.com/PressClubDC). To email a question in advance, type MARISKA in the subject line and send to president@press.org before 10 a.m. on the day of event.

The Press Club is on the 13th floor, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

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