Nathan Fillion is a Canadian actor, currently starring as Richard Castle on the ABC series Castle. He is also known for his portrayal of the lead role of Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the television series Firefly and its feature film continuation, Serenity.
Gillian Anderson is known internationally as Special Agent Dana Scully, an independent and intelligent investigator of the paranormal, with a rigid skepticism that counterbalances her partner’s (Special Agent Fox Mulder) unbridled enthusiasm and interest, on FOX’s breakthrough TV series The X-Files, and two X-Files films, The X-Files (1998) and The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008). During her nine seasons on the show, Anderson won several awards for her portrayal including an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress.
During that period, Anderson could be seen in the comedy-drama Playing By Heart (1998) and House of Mirth (2000), as Lily Bart, an ambitious but financially imperiled young woman looking for a rich husband in early 20th century New York, for which she won much recognition and a few awards. She also lent her voice to the giant wolf goddess Moro in the English version of Miyazaki’s historical fantasy epic, Princess Mononoke (1999).
In the decade since The X-Files wrapped, Anderson has focused on theatre work in London, UK, a few films including The Mighty Celt (2005), The Last King of Scotland (2006), and other projects like Moby Dick, Great Expectations and the upcoming British TV series The Fall, a British crime-drama, where she plays a senior police officer investigating a string of murders in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In December 2012, it was revealed that she had joined the cast on NBC’s upcoming drama Hannibal, playing therapist to murderous psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The stellar cast includes Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne, Eddie Izzard, Gina Torres, Molly Shannon, as well as Canadian exports Caroline Dhavernas, Lara Jean Chorostecki and Scott Thompson.
2013 marks the 20th Anniversary of The X-Files.
"I am sorry to say I cannot come to your great city. The doctor said I fractured my back and cannot travel. What a crummy deal. I wanted to meet all you super Batfans. There will be another time I'm sure. Have a great time at your show! (Look out for the Riddler. I hear he'll be lurking.)”
We wish Mr. West a speedy recovery.
Most will recognize Manu Bennett from the STARZ original series Spartacus, where he portrays Crixus, the title character’s intense gladiator rival, until the rebellion where the two become respected friends. Of Maori descent and born in Auckland, New Zealand, where Spartacus is filmed, Bennett was bullied in school and transformed himself by bulking up and took to playing rugby with mad combative attitude, charging onto the field with such startling passion that everyone took notice of his unbreakable character. Interested in modern dancing, classical ballet and piano, Bennett quit rugby to attend university to study dance and drama. Some feature film credits include major supporting roles in The Marine (2006), opposite Robert Patrick and 30 Days of Night (2007) opposite Josh Hartnett; a lead role in The Condemned (2007), alongside Vinnie Jones and Stone Cold Steve Austin; as well as the title role in Sinbad and the Minotaur (2011). Fans of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy may know him as the pale, amputated Orc chieftain, Azog the Defiler. Bennett can currently be seen in the CW series Arrow starring as Slade Wilson, better known as Deathstroke in the original Green Arrow comics, and will be a series regular for the second season.
Michael Shanks, currently starring in the medical drama Saving Hope with Erica Durance, is perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Daniel Jackson on Stargate SG-1 and as Carter Hall (Hawkman) on Smallville. For his portrayal of Jackson, Shanks has been nominated for several awards over the years, taking away a LEO Award for "Best Performance By A Male Lead" in 2004. Shanks has also hopped behind the camera on Stargate, making his directorial debut with the episode "Double Jeopardy" in Season 4, and wrote two episodes in Season 7. Shanks has guest starred on a number of television series, including Burn Notice, 24, Supernatural and Flashpoint, not to mention his appearances as Daniel Jackson on Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate Universe. Shanks guest starred in an episode of Andromeda, during which he met his wife, Lexa Doig, where they coincidentally played two androids who fell in love.
With the zombie horror flick 13 Eerie creeping in this April, the title role in the biopic Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story in May, an 18-episode order for Saving Hope Season 2 in June, and the highly anticipated Neill Blomkamp sci-fi film Elysium in August, 2013 is a busy year for Shanks.
James Marsters first came to the attention of the general public playing the popular character Spike, the platinum-blond vampire in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off series, Angel. Since then, he has gone on to play other important roles in the sci-fi TV, such as the alien super villain Brainiac on Smallville, the omnisexual time traveler Captain John Hart on the Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood, the leader of a radical Soldiers of the One cell, Barnabas Greeley, on the BSG prequel, Caprica, and Tom Garreton Warehouse 13. In 2007, Marsters appeared in a supporting role in the mainstream movie P.S. I Love You and as the main antagonist, Piccolo, in the 2009 fantasy adventure film Dragonball Evolution. His latest film, Dragon Warriors, starring alongside Luke Perry, is currently in post-production.
Felicia Day is best known for her work in the web video world, behind and in front of the camera. She co-starred in Joss Whedon's Internet musical Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, which was ranked in the Top 10 Best TV of 2008 by Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and People Magazine and won an Emmy in 2009. She also created, writes and stars in the hit comedy web series The Guild, a show that revolves around the lives of a gamers' online guild that play countless hours of a fantasy-based video game. Currently in its sixth season, The Guild was the winner of the YouTube, Yahoo and SXSW Best Web Series Awards for 2008 and won several Streamy Awards in 2009 and 2010. Her production company Knights of Good produced the innovative web series Dragon Age: Redemption in conjunction with EA/Bioware in 2011. Her new premium content YouTube channel, Geek and Sundry, is currently producing a slate of nine shows, including The Flog, which is hosted by Felicia. Since launching in April 2012, the channel has garnered over 300,000 subscribers and 18 million views.
Day has appeared as an actress on TV shows such as House, Strong Medicine and Monk, and in films such as Bring it on Again and the Emmy award-winning Warm Springs. She had a recurring role as "Vi" in the last season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as guest appearances on Dollhouse, Lie to Me, Eureka and Supernatural.
As an actor, Wil Wheaton is best known for his portrayal of Wesley Crusher on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Gordie Lachance in the film Stand by Me and Joey Trotta in Toy Soldiers. Modern audiences will recognize him as Sheldon Cooper’s sometimes-arch nemesis on the TV show The Big Bang Theory, as well as the host to TableTop, a web series that he co-created with Felicia Day for the YouTube channel Geek & Sundry. As a writer, he is best known for his blogs Wil Wheaton Dot Net and WWdN: In Exile,and has close to 100,000 followers on his Facebook page.
Best known for his role as Robin from the 60's smash hit TV show Batman and the 1966 feature film Batman. Burt Ward has become a favorite at trade shows, conventions and various collectible shows across North America. Burt followed his acting success with various business ventures such as feature film graphics effects to early childhood educational television programing. Although is doesn't matter how far Burt travels from the Batcave, he will always be remembered for being that enthusiastic half of the dynamic duo.
Known for being the quintessential Catwoman, Julie Newmar dropped out of college to become a choreographer/ dance director for Universal Studios. She became an overnight sensation as the one and only Stupefyin' Jones in Li'l Abner. Julie would recreate the same role on Broadway 42 years later, in the same costume. Subsequent to the original performance, her legs were insured for 10 million dollars (not however, in the event of theft).
She guest-starred in many now-favorite TV episodes, on shows such as The Monkees, Columbo, Love American Style, Get Smart, Star Trek, F Troop, The Beverly Hillbillies, Twilight Zone and Route 66. The part she's most fondly remembered for is Catwoman, in the 1966 Batman television series.
In 1995, Amblin Entertainment produced a movie named after her, To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar. The title refers to a symbolic autographed photo of Julie Newmar that the trio of New York drag queens (Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo) carries with them on their road journey of discovery. In the film, Julie appeared as herself.
Julie is currently working on four books, and various videos to be seen on the media section of her website.
LeVar Burton is known to countless millions of fans as Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation throughout the show's entire seven-year run, from 1987 to 1994. He also played La Forge in the four TNG-era Star Trek films, in the TNG video game A Final Unity, and in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Timeless", which he directed. In addition, he directed two episodes for Next Generation as well as numerous episodes for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. Besides his affiliation with Star Trek, Burton is known for his star-making, Emmy Award-nominated performance as Kunta Kinte in the acclaimed 1977 mini-series Roots. He is also well-known as the long-time host of the popular, Daytime Emmy Award-winning children's educational program Reading Rainbow.
Best known as Lando Calrissian, the suave and occasionally duplicitous friend of Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Beyond Star Wars, Williams’ career has encompassed so much, including the films Undercover Brother, Nighthawks, Bingo Long, Bryan's Song, and opposite Diana Ross in Lady Sings the Blues and Mahogany. His popularity in the fantasy/sci-fi genre continued when he took the role of Gotham's district attorney Harvey Dent in Tim Burton's Batman, and used his humour to great effect in Fanboys as Judge Reinhold and in Robot Chicken, voicing a parody of Lando Calrissian. He is an established painter, with some of his work displayed in such prestigious institutions as The Smithsonian.
“Everyone remembers the villain, George.”
Dave Prowse played the role of Darth Vader for the entirety of the original Star Wars trilogy. Although he does not voice the character, he is the physical body. Beyond playing one of the most memorable character villains of all time, he's had roles many films, including A Clockwork Orange and Jabberwocky. He also played alongside Peter Cushing in Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell. On the small screen, he's been in classic series such as Doctor Who, The Tomorrow People, Space: 1999 and The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
As a youth, Prowse had a passion for bodybuilding and weight training and participated in weightlifting competitions and contested in the famous Mr. Universe contest, having won the British heavyweight weightlifting title. Over this period, he became lifelong friends with actors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, who at the time were not professional actors but rival competitors. Prowse has trained actors for films including Daniel Day Lewis, Vanessa Redgrave, John Barrowman and, most notably, Christopher Reeve for his role in Superman (1978).
In 2011, Apex Publishing released Prowse's autobiography entitled Straight from the Force’s Mouth, which covers his career in showbiz and documents an unedited diary account of the Star Wars production.
Summer Glau transitioned into acting with a guest role as a ballerina, her original career path, on Joss Whedon's Angel, which led to a co-starring role as her most recognized character, River Tam, in the short-lived series Firefly, and the big-screen spin-off Serenity. She's also had recurring roles on The 4400, Dollhouse, The Unit and Alphas, in addition to one-off parts on CSI, Chuck, Grey’s Anatomy and Cold Case. Glau had starring roles in two other genre series: the almost-human, frequently fighting "good" Terminator Cameron on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Orwell, an investigative blogger who wages war on the crime and corruption and who happens to be a skilled fighter in Palm City. In The Big Bang Theory, she’s made a guest appearance as herself, and has voiced Supergirl in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.
She also stars in the long-awaited horror-comedy about LARPing gone wrong, Knights of Badassdom. The film, which may see a release in mid-2013, is a veritable buffet of the geek-world’s most highly regarded, including the currently red-hot Peter Dinklage from Game of Thrones, Ryan Kwanten from True Blood and Danny Pudi from NBC’s Community.
Canadian actress Jewel Staite is most recognized for her portrayal of Kaylee Frye, the tough and smart, yet feminine and sensual, ship’s mechanic on the short-lived series Firefly, as well as its ensuing film Serenity. Fans of the Stargate franchise will also recognize her as Dr. Jennifer Keller from the Stargate SG-1 spin-off Stargate Atlantis.
Before and after Firefly, she’s had guest spots in some of the top fantasy/sci-fi shows, including Are You Afraid of the Dark?, The X-Files, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, Dead Like Me, Warehouse 13 and Supernatural.
Jewel can be seen in the new critically acclaimed CTV/MuchMusic production L.A. Complex, as actress/con-woman Raquel Westbrook.
Nicholas Brendon is best known for his character Xander Harris in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003). Before joining his Scooby-gang of supernatural trackers, Nicholas appeared in horror films Children of The Corn III, Psycho Beach Party and Demon Island. After the show concluded, he followed up his horror legacy with Fire Serpent, Unholy, Blood on The Highway, The Portal, as well as the short film currently in post-production, The Morningside Monster.
Kevin Sorbo quickly rose to stardom in the title role of the breakout hit series, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The immense popularity of the five telefilms in 1993 resulted in the launch of a weekly series by 1994. The series became the number one first-run program in syndication and revitalized the entire action/adventure TV genre, fostering two spin-off series, Xena: Warrior Princess and Young Hercules. Following the success of Hercules, Sorbo went on to star in the TV series Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, as Captain Dylan Hunt, which was the number one hour show in first run syndication throughout its five-year run (2000-2005). Beyond these two iconic series, Sorbo has been keeping busy with feature work, participating in up to eight productions a year, with incredible range from fantasy, to comedy, to action or totally trashy. These include, Fatal Call (2012), Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury (2011), What If… (2010) and Bitch Slap (2009). However, most associate him to his feature debut in Kull, the Conqueror (1997), a prequel to Conan The Barbarian. Sorbo has a knack for comedy and was recently put to good use on the skit comedy show Key and Peele, as well as past appearances in Just Shoot Me, Two and a Half Men and Gary, Unmarried. Sorbo also did the voice over work on video game releases The Conduit, God of War 3, Skylanders: Giants and the animated Marvel series The Super Hero Squad Show as Ka-Zar. Since 1997, Sorbo has been the spokesman for the non-profit organization A World Fit For Kids, which provides gang, drug, and dropout prevention to teens through mentoring programs.
Vic Mignogna is a professional music composer/producer and veteran actor who received great acclaim for his portrayal of Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist. Most recently, Mignogna has been cast as Hikaru in Macross. He is known for such roles as Dark in D.N. Angel, Tatsu in Peacemaker, Kurz in Full Metal Panic, Broly in Dragon Ball Z, Kougaiji in Saiyuki, Mamoru in RahXephon, Hiroki in Princess Nine, Goemon in Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Shougo in Megazone 23 and as Gawl in Generator Gawl. He has also done characters in Sin: The Movie,Spriggan, Gasaraki, Noir, Steel Angel Kurumi, Orphen, Excel Saga, Neon Genesis Evangelion (director's cut), A.D. Police,Aura Battler Dunbine, Rune Soldier, Neo Ranga, Yu Yu Hakusho, Gamera, Those Who Hunt Elves, Dirty Pair, All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku DASH!, Nuku Nuku TV, Saint Seiya, Kino's Journey, Angelic Layer, Gravion, Kaliedo Star, Case Closed, Kiddy Grade and many others.
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Ross Mullan is the actor behind some of the most terrible creatures in fantasy film and television and currently plays the White Walker in Game of Thrones seasons 2 & 3. In the 2010 rendition of Clash of the Titans, he played Pemphredo, one of the three blind Stygian witches, and the evil Monk in When the Lights Go Out (2012). Originally from Montreal, Mullan has been living in the UK now for 21 years, and is an established puppeteer and voice over artist having trained with Jim Henson Company.
MC has been a fan of comics and Japanese animes forever. She was fascinated and inspired by the aesthetic side of some illustrations, the powerful look of those sexy and curvy female characters and their amazing costumes. She’s been formed as a fashion designer and worked in the industry as a costumer/designer for many years before she became a glamour model 4 years ago. Pictures of her have been published in different magazines from many countries and she recently appeared in the FHM Philippines. Modeling and cosplay happened to be the perfect ways for her to unify both of her passions: costume making and personnifying her favorite characters. When she’s not working on costumes and props, MC is traveling for modeling or you may see her in various local and international conventions.
Liana K, co-star of the prime-time TV series Ed the Sock’s I Hate Hollywood!, is an award-winning TV producer & writer who also stepped in front of the camera as the co-host of the legendary late night show Ed & Red’s Night Party.
Also known as “Canada’s Ultimate Fangirl” (Edmonton Journal), Liana is a prominent voice in The world of Geek. Liana’s a videogame journalist for gamingexcellence.com, host/writer of the weekly Liana’s Geek Download, heard weekly on the internationally syndicated radio program Canada’s Top 20. As well, Liana’s thoughts and musings on geekery & gaming can be seen on her Video Geek Download on her Youtube channel, Liana K.
Liana has also done modelling for videogames, wrote and edited a comic book mini-series, has had her superhero toy & art collection featured in a TV special on TV’s Space channel and has even had a DC Comics character named after her. Liana is an avid cosplayer and her costume work can be easily found through a Google image search.
Shawn Baichoo has been acting professionally for over 15 years, and has worked in film, television, voice, motion capture, theatre and stage combat. He has worked extensively on the Assassin's Creed series for Ubisoft (in voice, motion capture and stunts), as well as many other video game titles (Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Shaun White Snowboarding, Far Cry 3). He starred in the Genie Award-nominated film 3 Saisons, and was most recently seen in Blue Mountain State and Being Human. Shawn has been practicing stage combat for over a decade and teaching for almost as long. He founded The Kombat Krew last year so he could keep exploring his love of action and filmmaking. His latest endeavour, the epic fan-film The Punisher: No Mercy, will be coming out later this year.
Jason Ambrus is an independent filmmaker and screenwriter who recently graduated from the famed Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema with a specialization in Film Production. His passion for film began in the form of storytelling and writing at the tender age of ten, and he has been making films independently for over five years. Jason's projects include a considerable number of commercial videos, art and fashion videos, and short films like Playthings, Skeletons, Imprint, and his most recent project, No Mercy (Director, Creative Consultant), the world's first professionally produced, independently financed non-profit fan-fiction film based on a popular Marvel comic book character. Produced by Shawn Baichoo (of Assassin's Creed series fame), No Mercy is also a first in a new kind of independent filmmaking philosophy that combines serious production values with fan-powered resourcefulness and online community-based crowd-funding strategies. Jason's future projects include the production of new web-based series, expanded cinema content, and development of new films like Lumberjacks vs. Ninjas, the world's first "dead-serious adventure comedy”.
Davila LeBlanc has been writing and editing professionally for seven years. During this time, he’s written upwards of 58 scripts. He got his first professional break selling a series he co-created, the award winning League of Super Evil. During his three-season stint on L.O.S.E. (in which he was both a writer and co-series editor), Davila was nominated for a Gemini Award for best screenplay in children’s animation and won a Leo Award in the same category. He’s been nominated for three Writer’s Guild Awards as well. Currently, he’s working as a staff writer for Oh-NO It’s an Alien Invasion, in production with Nelvana and YTV. Some of Davila's other screen credits include Rated A for Awesome and 1001 Nights.
Montreal-born Fred Nguyen is a martial artist, dancer, fight choreographer, actor and stunt performer. Growing up in a family of martial artists, he underwent extensive training in Shaolin Kung-Fu and Contemporary Wushu. With a love for performing at an early age, he immersed himself into street dance culture, namely bboying, popping and locking. Wanting to further his martial skills however, he trained intensively at the Shaolin Temple under Master Shi De Cheng. His experience in Kung-Fu and his love for performing would lead to him becoming a member of stage combat theatre companies such as “The Kombat Krew” and the Peking Opera troupe “Jingju Canada”. He is a Lululemon Kung-Fu Ambassador and the founder of the “Kneebreakers Stunt Team”. He has since worked on projects as an actor, fight choreographer, action director and stunt performer. He most recently completed work on the rom com action flick Love and Let Die, which will be released in the summer of 2013.
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Chris Alexander is a Toronto based writer, journalist, composer and filmmaker who is perhaps best known as the current editor-in-chief of legendary horror film magazine Fangoria. The multiple award-winning Blood for Irina marks his feature film debut, the first in a proposed series of existential, experimental female vampire pictures. He is currently in pre-production on the follow-up film, The Queen of Blood.
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Canadian horror duo Geoff Klein and Melissa Mira are proud to release Pinup Dolls on Ice, their latest slice of old-school slasher mayhem. The Montreal-based production team are known for adhering to the unorthodox spirit of independent filmmaking: delivering high production value on a limited budget.
In 2008, Klein produced and directed the indie slasher film Bikini Girls on Ice. The film went on to achieve international success with screenings at over 20 film festivals. Two years later, Mira came on board to co-produce, co-direct, and star in the sequel, Pinup Dolls on Ice. Instead of learning their craft in a classroom, they've both sharpened their skills through actual on-set experiences. As a team, they strike an impressive balance between Klein's visual aesthetics and Mira's attention to detail.
Priding themselves on their ability to operate without the assistance of outside investors, Klein and Mira's philosophy of "doing it their way" means they can remain true to their uncompromising vision of Canadian horror cinema.
As Senior Sound Editor & Voice Director at LucasArts from 1990-1998, Khris was a founding member of the first professional Voice Department in videogames. From making the initial contacts with agents and actors to hammering out what would become the AFTRA Interactive Agreement, Khris has nurtured & shepherded the progression of Voice from its birth to the present day. Khris' diverse and celebrated career includes some of the most revered games (Monkey Island, Sam & Max Hit the Road, Rebel Assault, The Dig, Outlaws, Full Throttle, Grim Fandango) at LucasArts as well as EA, Microsoft, Sony, Eidos, and Blizzard. Game, animation and film work such as James Bond, Hitman, Lara Croft, Minority Report, The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episodes I-III, and Far Cry III Blood Dragon showcase some of the properties she's advised and shaped.
She is currently the in-house creative consultant, casting and voice director at Tim Schafer's Double Fine Productions and the Director of the Narrative Talent Group at Ubisoft Montreal, where she heads the writing, casting, music, and on-set directing departments of Studio Alice.
Titles on which Khris has worked have won numerous awards & nominations from the Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild (MPSE), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (Oscar), the Game Developer's Conference, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, E3, and many other magazine and online recognitions.
Jonathan Frakes is best known for his portrayal of Commander William T. Riker in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and its subsequent films. Lovers of the paranormal will recognize Frakes as the host of the television series Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, an anthology series that asked viewers to discern which of the alternating stories were fact-based phenomena and which were fabricated tales. Frakes has done animation voice acting, most notably voicing the recurring role of David Xanatos in the animated series Gargoyles. In recent years, he has moved on to directing with television credits that include Roswell, Dollhouse, Castle and Leverage. In film, Frakes directed (and also starred in) Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection.
Laurie Holden is best known for her roles a sharpshooter Andrea on The Walking Dead and Fox Mulder’s duplicitous informant, Marita Covarrubias, on The X-Files. Holden was born in the U.S.A, but raised in Toronto, Canada and spent her freshman year at McGill University, in Montreal. She’s held a supporting role in the 1998 TV series The Magnificent Seven, alongside Ron Perlman and Michael Biehn, and starred as Olivia Murray, the federal agent with I.C.E., in FX’s critically acclaimed series The Shield.
Holden’s most notable film roles include starring opposite Jim Carrey in Frank Darabont’s film The Majestic (2001). She also played The Thing’s love interest in The Fantastic Four (2005), the cult hero Cybil Bennett in Christophe Gans’ artistic-horror video game adaptation of Silent Hill (2006), and co-starred as Amanda Dumfries opposite Marcia Gay Harden and Thomas Jane in Stephen King’s The Mist (2007).
Laurie Holden is also a founding board member of the Canadian Somaly Mam Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on combating the global sex slave trade through supporting the rescue, rehabilitation, and reintegration of the victims and through raising global awareness on the issue, and serves as an advisory member on its US counterpart.