Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Occupation: Actress turned author and philanthropist
Background: Mia started acting in her early teens. Now, she is a well-known, successful actress. She is most famous for her leading role in the televisionseries The L Word. Most recently,she has been on the new hit show The Vampire Diaries, where she plays amysterious and powerful vampire. She enjoys roles where she is powerful because she wants to empowerwomen. On and off screen she doesjust that. She recently released her first book I Live Here.
Why Kirschner is a MAPS hero:
Mia Kirshner knew that she was a fortunate person,and that she had a good life, but she felt disconnected. She didn’t feel like she was contributing to the community. Her father was born in a displaced person camp in Germany, so she was familiar withthe issue of displaced persons. She decided to start there as an inspiration for helping people and see what happened. She originally wanted to travel to different countries to interview the people who were affected by displacement. As Kirshner was doing this she came across other issues that affect these people such as genocide, slavery, civil wars, and discrimination. She followed through with her plan and combined real stories from real people all over the world into a medium that is easily accessible. Kirshner is raising awareness so that the global community can come together to make a difference. I live here contains true stories about four different countries and the hidden atrocities that occur there. It focuses on the experiences of women, but also includesseveral accounts from men. It is an accurate representation of the social in justice that occurs and is meant to be a call to action for people who are able to help these affected men and women.