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Mariska Hargitay And Debra Messing Find Textiles Hilarious
July 6, 2012 • Jezebel
Anna Breslaw
Mariska Hargitay and Debra Messing attend the Theodora & Callum Shopping Event Benefitting The Joyful Heart Foundation on July 6, 2012 in Bridgehampton, New York. read more
Mariska Hargitay and her Joyful Heart Foundation Support Child Abuse Survivors
Oct 24 2012 • She
Mariska Hargitay and her Law & Order: Special Victims Unit co-stars Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino join her Joyful Heart Foundation as they partner with KIND Healthy Snacks’ Do the KIND Thing program to package healing kits for children currently seeking services at Safe Horizon’s Manhattan Child Advocacy Center on October 22, 2012 in New York City. read more
Mariska Hargitay and Hugh O'Brien show how to use celebrity ethically
May 18, 2013 • Ethics Alarms
Jack Marshall
Hargitay is an unusual Hollywood story. The daughter of a screen legend (her mother was famous sex symbol Jayne Mansfield, and Mariska, then a toddler, was in the car Mansfield was driving when she died in a horrific accident), Hargitay achieved stardom the old-fashioned way, by working through the ranks. read more
Mariska Hargitay and Jennifer Love Hewitt rock Aziam Tank for Charity
January 25th, 2011 • John Simon Daily
John Simon Daily
Law & Order star Mariska Hargitay celebrated her birthday over the weekend wearing an AZIAM Wife Lover made exclusively for the Joyful Heart Foundation, a non-profit organization in which Harigtay founded in 2004 to support victims of sexual assault. read more
Mariska Hargitay and Joe Biden Visit National Domestic Violence Hotline Headquarters
October 30, 2013 • E! Online
Alyssa Toomey
Mariska Hargitay and Joe Biden are joining forces for a good cause. read more
Mariska Hargitay and Joe Biden Will Be in Town Tomorrow
October 29, 2013 • The Austinist
Aleksander Chan
Law & Order: SVU's Detective Olivia Benson will join Vice President Joe Biden for his trip to Austin to visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline tomorrow, the Statesman reports. read more
Mariska Hargitay and ‘I Am Evidence’ want to eliminate the rape kit backlog
November 29, 2017 • IndieWire
Jean Bentley

When Mariska Hargitay landed the role of Detective Olivia Benson on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” she had no idea that it would turn her into an activist for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. But in 2017, almost two decades after the long-running show began, she’s helped spearhead a mission to eliminate the rape-kit backlog in the U.S. — and has produced a documentary with HBO and her former SVU coworker Trish Adlesic called “I Am Evidence” that helps bring the issue to light.

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Mariska Hargitay asks you to "Do the KIND Thing"
September 25, 2012 • CBS News
Camille Mann
Mariska Hargitay is asking people everywhere to "Do the KIND Thing" in support of the Joyful Heart Foundation, a non-profit which helps survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. read more
Mariska Hargitay Backs Expansion of NY’s DNA Database
January 24th, 2012 • North County Gazette
North County Gazette
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed making New York State the first state in the country to expand its DNA database to include anyone who has been convicted of a crime. In his annual State of the State Address, Cuomo said he would seek to expand the database to cover all crimes which would result in preventing future crimes and would help exonerate wrongfully accused individuals. read more
Mariska Hargitay Directs New 'No More' PSAs on Domestic Violence
Dec. 10, 2014 • ABC News
Luchina Fisher
"There was no one who didn't have a particular line resonate so deeply that they had to take a moment to gather themselves," Hargitay, who directed the spots and whose Joyful Heart Foundation produced them, told ABC News. read more
Mariska Hargitay directs powerful new PSA supporting male sexual abuse survivors
March 3, 2016 • Today Pop Culture
Sarah Epstein

Mariska Hargitay is taking a page from her "Law and Order: SVU" character, Olivia Benson, and fighting to raise awareness about male survivors of sexual abuse.


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Mariska Hargitay Gets Support from Celeb Pals for Joyful Heart!
May 30, 2014 •
Just Jared
Mariska Hargitay poses with her pal Debra Messing on the red carpet at the Joyful Heart Foundation’s Joyful Revolution Gala on Thursday evening (May 29) at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. read more
Mariska Hargitay Helps Survivors Heal On and Off 'SVU'
September 29th, 2010 • iVillage
Jacki Garfinkel
The Law & Order: SVU star speaks out about the rights of rape victims and what she's learned from Olivia Benson. read more
Mariska Hargitay Helps Survivors of Rape and Violence Find Hope
November 8, 2013 • Variety
Carole Horst
Mariska Hargitay’s fictional life on “Law & Order: Special Victms Unit” inspired her to launch the very real Joyful Heart Foundation. read more
Mariska Hargitay hosts the 2011 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala
May 18th, 2011 • The Examiner
Cathy O'Brien
Mariska Hargitay hosted the 2011 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala last night at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the event featured a celebrity guest list as well as live performances by celebrity musicians. read more
Mariska Hargitay in town for Joyful Heart fundraiser
The Star Advertiser • The Star Advertiser -TGIF Blog
Nadine Kam
Mariska Hargitay was in town for a series of private appearances, including a dinner at Neiman Marcus’s Mariposa restaurant Sept. 1, to raise awareness and funds for the Joyful Heart Foundation, which she founded out of a desire to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. read more
Mariska Hargitay is front and center as 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' kicks off its 17th season
September 14, 2015 • Daily News
Jaqueline Cutler
Mariska Hargitay returns as Sgt. Olivia Benson in the 17th season of “Law & Order: SVU.” read more
Mariska Hargitay is on the case and helping others
October 10th, 2012 • Detroit Free Press/USA Today
Donna Freydkin

It's a fruitful time for Mariska Hargitay, in every sense.

The star of NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit just shot the landmark 300th episode of the procedural crime series, one of the network's workhorses that's now in its 14th season. It airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Mariska Hargitay narrates Children of 9-11 on NBC
August 31st, 2011 • The Examiner
Christine Nyholm
Mariska Hargitay will narrate 'Children of 9/11' a special about the children affected directly by the September 11 terrorist attacks. read more
Mariska Hargitay of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ talks untested rape kit backlog
June 22, 2016 • Hidden Remote
Anne Goetz
‘Law & Order: SVU’s’ Mariska Hargitay addresses the United State of Women Summit at the White House. read more
Mariska Hargitay On 'Law & Order: SVU' Season 15 Premiere: 'The Hardest Thing I've Ever Done'
September 16, 2013 • The Huffington Post
Chris Harnick
Mariska Hargitay has been changed for good by "Law & Order: SVU" -- those are her words -- because of Detective Olivia Benson's experiences. read more
Mariska Hargitay on Olivia Benson: Actress Reveals how role made her want to help others
March 6, 2015 • Inquisitr
Regina Avalos

Mariska Hargitay is speaking out on Olivia Benson and the impact the role has had on her life in a new interview with People Magazine. Hargitay has portrayed Benson for the last 16 years on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the role has changed her life.

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Mariska Hargitay on Teaching Kids Kindness
November 16, 2012 •
Ilyssa Panitz
The Law & Order actress talks about raising compassionate children and the joys of adoption. read more
Mariska Hargitay Opens Up About Filming Law & Order: SVU
October 2, 2013 • E! News
Tierney Bricker
E! News sits down with Mariska Hargitay to talk about filming the premiere of Law and Order: SVU, and her Joyful Heart Foundation, which aims to "heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse." read more
Mariska Hargitay Packs Kits for Kids
Oct 24, 2012 • Gotham Magazine
Jessica Ferri
Monday afternoon, Mariska Hargitay, star of NBC’s long-running Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU), packaged hundreds of healing kits for abused children at Safe Horizon’s Manhattan Child Advocacy Center. read more