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Global Centurion Foundation: Fighting Modern Slavery by Focusing on Demand
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Laura Lederer
Email:  llederer@globalcenturion.org
Phone:  (703) 919-6828
PRESS RELEASE
March 4, 2014
9:30 AM, EST

GLOBAL CENTURION FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES
2013 NORMA HOTALING ANTI-TRAFFICKING AWARD WINNERS

 
March 4, 2014, Washington D.C. Global Centurion Foundation (GCF) is pleased to announce the 2013 winners of the 4th Annual Norma Hotaling Anti-Trafficking Awards.  To commemorate Norma’s death in 2008, GCF offers three awards paying tribute to Norma’s legacy and recognizing individuals continuing her work.  Norma was trafficked into prostitution as a child and remained trapped in the sex industry for eighteen years.  Through sheer personal will, she escaped, and for the next two decades, she dedicated her life to reaching and rescuing victims of sex trafficking.  “Each year we remember Norma Hotaling’s tremendous contribution by recognizing those who continue her life’s work”, says GCF President, Laura J. Lederer, J.D.  Every year, GCF makes three awards: (1) an award recognizing a Survivor-Centered Service Provider; (2) an award recognizing Law and Policy Development ; and (3) an award recognizing Innovative Demand Reduction.  The three awardees for 2013 are:

Survivor-Centered Service Provider Award
KATHLEEN MITCHELL, Founder, DIGNITY House
Kathleen Mitchell, founder of DIGNITY House, embodies the spirit of resilience and hope for which Norma Hotaling stood.  Growing up in conditions of extreme abuse and neglect, Kathleen met a man who told her she would never again have to live like that.  These promises quickly became a nightmare as he forced her into prostitution and kept her there through physical and emotional abuse, taking every penny she earned.  She was sent to prison for prostitution and pimping, and while there started DIGNITY House (“Developing Individual Growth and New Independence Through Yourself”) in 1989.  Her first act was to lobby for special programs for sex trafficking victims in jail.  Upon her release Kathleen continued to help trafficked women regain a sense of their own inherent dignity.  Since its inception in a Durango jail, it has expanded to include a series of life-saving programs, including a residential program for victims; an intensive recovery program of counseling, addiction recovery, education, life-skills building and job placement; a self-exploration program in conjunction with the City of Phoenix Prosecutor’s Office; an outreach program; and public events to raise awareness and generate greater public support in a wider effort to end sex trafficking.  An early pioneer, Kathleen Mitchell established networks of support that serve as a model for providing material, emotional, and spiritual aid to victims of sex trafficking.  Her decades of work stand out as an example of how suffering can be transformed to hope and help for others.


Josephine Butler Abolitionist Award for Law and Policy Development
JAMES DOLD, Former Senior Policy Counsel, Polaris Project

Both in his personal life and in his work as Senior Policy Counsel to Polaris Project, James Dold has been a fierce anti-trafficking advocate.  Over the course of the last three years, James has led efforts to pass 40 laws across eighteen states that have provided prosecutors with the tools they need to protect victims of sex and labor trafficking, more effectively target traffickers and “johns,” and help victims of human trafficking rebuild their lives.  Whether using his legal skills to draft legislation, or advocating the creation of bi-partisan legislative task forces and coalitions to advance new anti-trafficking laws, or working with local NGOs to address specific state and local trafficking issues, James’s contributions have been substantive and lasting.  They include laws that: criminalize labor and sex trafficking; provide mechanisms for seizing the assets of traffickers, pimps, and johns; establish state-wide anti-trafficking task forces; mandate posting of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline in places where victims may see them; enact legal reforms that enable prosecutors to more successfully punish wrongdoers; aid victims in suing their abusers; help survivors vacate or expunge criminal records; and protect trafficked or exploited children from being charged or prosecuted as criminals, diverting them instead into services they need and deserve.  James is a champion of systemic change to punish the perpetrators and protect and assist the victims.

Innovative Demand Reduction Award
MELISSA FARLEY, Founder, Prostitution Research & Education

Melissa Farley Ph.D. has been a practicing clinical psychologist for 45 years.  She has written 24 peer-reviewed articles on sex trafficking.  In 2011, Dr. Farley co-authored the first study comparing sex buyers to non-sex buyers.  Her findings show that compared to non-sex buyers, sex buyers shared certain attitudes, life experiences, and behavioral tendencies that increase the likelihood of future violence against women.  She also examined various deterrence efforts, and found that being listed in sex offender registries, having arrest records published in local newspapers, and serving jail-time were the most effective deterrents for sex buyers.  Her findings strengthen the proposition that state and federal laws against sex trafficking should be enforced against johns.  In addition, the study supports the idea that education programs aimed at sex buyers should be implemented subsequent to sentencing, not in lieu of it.  Dr. Farley founded Prostitution Research & Education (PRE) in 1995, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, education, and policy on commercial sexual exploitation and its impact on women, men, and children.  She has consulted with several cities in the U.S. as they craft new policies to deal with increasing evidence that violence is at the heart of sex trafficking, and as cities confront men's demand for commercial sex which creates and expands trafficking.

 
About Global Centurion Foundation (GCF)
Global Centurion Foundation is a non-profit organization fighting trafficking by focusing on demand.  To find out more about our efforts, or for more information on the Norma Hotaling Awards, please visit us at http://www.globalcenturion.org.

 


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