The Gray Zone is Children Uniting Nations founder’s latest way to help at-risk children
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – February 2011 – Author Daphna Ziman brings to the forefront of the world the plight of our most needy children and their fight to survive a broken child welfare system in her debut novel, The Gray Zone (Greenleaf Book Group, June 1, 2011).
Shaped by a brutal and orphaned childhood, abused and sexually exploited, the book’s protagonist Kelly Jensen has become a daring and seductive criminal, a master of disguise and identity theft, in order to protect the lives of her children and to bring down a ruthless underworld subjecting foster children to white slavery. She must defeat an indifferent justice system and a corrupt political empire to evade the deadly traps set by the most murderous master of the banking world. Her life depends on the skills of deceit he has taught her.
Ziman’s heartfelt work has accrued endorsements from leading U.S. politicians and major film stars wanting to help better the foster-care system.
So moved by a little girl alone in a homeless shelter she was visiting years ago, Ziman fought to adopt the girl, now her daughter. She then founded Children Uniting Nations, a nonprofit that pairs thousands of foster children each year with caring mentors. A force on Capitol Hill, Ziman has successfully lobbied to amend the Family Preservation Act to ensure safety for children returning home after foster care and today rallies support for a bill that would allow forgiveness of students loans for students who serve as mentors to foster children, and another that would add mental health care services for foster children.
The internationally celebrated entrepreneur and philanthropist was given the Uniting Children of the World Award by the Child Welfare League of America, among many other honors for her devotion to helping children in need. Ziman is a filmmaker living in Beverly Hills, CA. President of an independent production company—Edwards Entertainment International—she writes, produces and directs films and television shows. The Gray Zone is her first book.