By Lisa Mitts

Evening of Destiny

Hosted by Destiny Restoration Center


Jim & Linda Lee Performing Arts Center


October 12, 2024

Special VIP Speaker: Mira Sorvino

About Mira Sorvino:

After supporting roles in Robert Redford’s Quiz Show and Whit Stillman’s Barcelona, Mira Sorvino was cast in Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite (1995) and received an Academy Award.

A few of her other credits include Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion with Lisa Kudrow, At First Sight with Val Kilmer, and Spike Lee’s Summer of Sam. She portrayed Marilyn Monroe for the 1996 HBO film Norma Jean & Marilyn, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe; and had the lead role in Guillermo del Toro’s horror film Mimic. In 1995, she portrayed Conchita Closson in the BBC miniseries The Buccaneers, and starred as Daisy Buchanan in the 2000 television film The Great Gatsby. In 2006, she received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in the Lifetime film Human Trafficking. In 2017, Sorvino came out publicly about the sexual harassment she endured from producer Harvey Weinstein and believes her career was damaged after she rebuffed Weinstein’s advances. In 2022, she played a supporting role in Sound of Freedom, a film about human trafficking in South America.

She was the official ambassador for Amnesty International’s “Stop Violence Against Women” campaign from 2004-8. Her work with Amnesty was recognized at the Artivist Film Festival. In March 2006, she was honored with Amnesty International’s Artist of Conscience Award. She lobbied Capitol Hill on the topic of Human Trafficking and officially testified before Congress on the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.

Having supported the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime anti-trafficking initiatives since 2007, in 2009 Sorvino was appointed to her current position, just reratified, as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Goodwill Ambassador in the Global Fight Against Human Trafficking. She has testified before the US Senate on Human Trafficking, helped engender legislative change at the National Conference of State Legislators, spoken at the National Association of Attorneys General, the American Bar Association, the Mashable Social Good Summit, and the Deloitte Center to reform state laws on human trafficking and domestic minor victims of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation.


Hope is not pretending that troubles don’t exist. It is the hope that they won’t last forever. That hurts will be healed and difficulties overcome. That we will be led out of the darkness and into the light. Hope is trust that tomorrow can and will be better. Hope is the starting place of dreams coming true.