In 2010, Emmanuelle signed on to help bring awareness to the Somaly Mam Foundation. The Somaly Mam Foundation is a nonprofit charity committed to ending modern day slavery in North America and around the world.
Human trafficking, a multi-billion dollar industry, is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. With over two million women and children sold into sexual slavery each year, it is a global crisis that must be stopped. More resources are critically needed to support the rescue and rehabilitation of these young victims.
Profiles for Change: Emmanuelle Chriqui
In Emmanuelle’s words…
“I have known about human trafficking peripherally for some time, but it wasn’t until I read ‘The Road Of Lost Innocence’ that I could no longer ignore this heinous crime occurring in too many places. Somaly is truly the voice of strength, courage and compassion; she has dedicated her life to rehabilitating the lives of these innocent victims, after the horrors she has lived through, she is not only astonishing but also beyond inspirational. If you have not read her story, read it, then pass it on. There is no action too small. Whatever you can give to support Somaly’s foundation, and do to bring awareness to this horrible epidemic, feel good in knowing that it will make a difference.”
Born in Montreal and raised in Toronto, Chriqui by the early age of seven knew that performing was in her future. After attending a Performing Arts school in Canada, Chriqui moved to Los Angeles. Upon arriving, Chriqui quickly made a name for herself in the U.S. with Miramax’s “On the Line” providing her with her first leading role in a studio film, amongst many other roles.
Emmanuelle Chriqui continues to build upon her career in film and television. She starred alongside Adam Sandler in Columbia Pictures comedy “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan”, as well as Adrien Brody in the film “Cadillac Records”. Chriqui recently completed production on director Renny Harlin’s film “Georgia”, where she plays the lead female role. On television, she continues to reprise her role as Sloan on the HBO Comedy series Entourage opposite Kevin Connolly.
Emmanuelle is also a strong activist for Enough Project’s RAISE Hope for Congo campaign to protect and empower Congolese women and girls from the violence that they face in the Congo.