Julia Ormond has a track record of advocacy on human rights issues in her individual capacity, as the Founding Chair of FilmAid International and the President of the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET). FilmAid, an independent nonprofit launched at the height of the Kosovo refugee crisis, uses the power of film to promote health, strengthen communities and enrich the lives of the world's vulnerable and uprooted. ASSET works with corporations, NGOs, government officials and individuals to create the systemic change needed to eradicate slavery at the source.
In September, 2003, Julia testified before the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus about the plight of refugees. ASSET has since helped, as a member of the U.S. Action Group to End Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery, to launch the United States Congressional Caucus to Abolish Slavery and organized a UN Security Council Arria on the intersect between terrorism, organized crime and trafficking in persons and its threat to international security. Ms. Ormond has worked closely with Vital Voices Global Partnership, a prominent NGO actively engaged in anti-human trafficking initiatives. In September, 2005, she worked on anti-human trafficking advocacy initiatives with Vital Voices and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Moscow.
Ms. Ormond is well known for her film roles in the motion pictures Legends of the Fall, Sabrina, Smillaâ€™s Sense of Snow, First Knight and The Barber of Siberia. She is also the Executive Producer of the 1996 Emmy award-winning documentary Calling of the Ghosts, an intimate story of survival of two women in Bosnia caught in a war where rape was as much an everyday weapon as bullets and bombs.
In December, 2005, she became the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Goodwill Ambassador against Trafficking and Slavery, and has since visited Ghana, Cambodia, Thailand and India. In June, 2006, she gave Congressional testimony on trafficking and slavery before the House Sub Committee on Human Rights.