Julia Ormond is an Emmy award-winning stage, film, and television actress. Ormond is a long-time activist against human trafficking, promoting international awareness in her role as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and as founder of the advocacy nonprofit, the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET) which works with NGOs, government officials, and individuals to create the systemic change needed to eradicate slavery at its source. Ormond is the executive producer of “Calling the Ghosts: A Story of Rape, War, and Women,” a documentary about the abuse of women in Bosnian detention centers. The film won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Ormond has starred in dozens of major motion pictures including “First Knight,” “Legends of the Fall,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and “Sabrina” as well as hit cable TV series like “Witches of East End” and “Mad Men.”
Ormond received the London Drama Critics’ Award for Best Newcomer in Christopher Hampton’s “Faith, Hope and Charity.” She has also starred alongside Benicio del Toro in Steven Soderbergh’s biopic “Che.” In 2010, she won a supporting actress Emmy Award for her role in the HBO movie “Temple Grandin.” Ormond also starred in “My Week with Marilyn.”
ASSET was the chief organizational sponsor of California Senate Bill 657, a consumer rights disclosure bill requiring major manufacturers and retailers to make public their policy on trafficking and slavery all the way down the supply chain. ASSET also coordinated with Unseen UK around the inclusion of TISC (Transparency in Supply Chains) on the UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015. Ormond is also a former United Nations Goodwill Ambassador against Trafficking and Slavery, and the founding co-chair of Film Aid International.
As an advocate, Ormond has travelled the world assessing solutions and challenges. She is the recipient of the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award and Women for Women International’s Peace Award.