Laura Lederer, President
Global Centurion Foundation
Washington, DC (December 1, 2011) – Global Centurion is proud to announce the winners of the second annual Norma Hotaling Anti-Trafficking Awards. These awards were created to honor Norma Hotaling’s two decades of work to abolish sex trafficking. Norma was a leader and a beacon for hope for many people. She was trafficked into prostitution as a child, but survived to become a leader in the anti-trafficking movement. To commemorate the anniversary of her death on December 17, 2008, Global Centurion offers three awards to pay tribute to her legacy and to recognize individuals carrying on her work. For the 2011 awards, three $5,000 awards are made: an award recognizing a Survivor-Centered Services Provider; Innovative Demand Reduction; and the Josephine Butler Award for Abolitionist Policy Development. The three awardees are:
Survivor Centered-Service Provider
Kathrin Hardy, Founder and Director of Freedom From Exploitation based in San Diego, CA. The organization provides peer support and group facilitation to women and girls at-risk or involved in prostitution, human trafficking, and all forms of sexual exploitation. Since it’s inception in 2002, it has served over 1,500 individuals. Ms. Hardy facilitates county-wide groups providing peer support to victims of sexual exploitation, as well as the Survivor of the Streets group (“SOS”) that is a peer-driven group in which one survivor helps and supports another survivor in the recovery from sexual exploitation. Kathrin has also served as a research specialist for The Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC) for over 16 years, where she conducts interviews with individuals who have been exploited through the sex industry and works to empower and educate those affected that seek to leave the life of sexual exploitation. She is also a survivor of prostitution, homelessness, and drug and alcohol addiction.
Innovative Demand Reduction Award
Kaffie McCullough, Program Manager of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Program at the non-profit organization, Juvenile Justice Fund, where she addresses key areas known to create vulnerability for the extreme abuse of child sex trafficking. Ms. McCullough also serves as the Campaign Manager for A Future. Not a Past, which works to eradicate demand in Georgia through mobilizing supporters, supporting key legislative efforts, and commissions groundbreaking research that drives strategies of prevention, intervention, and education. She led the groundbreaking “Georgia Demand Study,” which revealed that 7,200 men in Georgia knowingly or unknowingly exploit adolescent females every month. Kaffie leads the Prosecution arm of the Georgia’s Governor’s Office for Children and Families CSEC Task Force, and directs AFNAP’s efforts on We Urge You legislative campaign, which supports the passage of laws to protect victims and prosecute perpetrators. Ms. McCullough also helped create a training program for law enforcement officials to aid in the increase of arrests and prosecutions of pimps and johns in Georgia, reaching 3,000 law enforcement officials in 51 counties.
Josephine Butler Abolitionist Award for Policy Development
Amanda Kloer, Director of Organization for Human Trafficking at Change.org launched the Human Trafficking Cause Community at Change.org, including creating a blog that engages anti-trafficking activists from around the world. As of 2011, the online activist base has grown to nearly half a million activists engaged in anti-trafficking. Ms. Kloer has helped lead over 50 campaigns targeting governmental, corporate, and institutional human trafficking policies from an abolitionist perspective. At Change.org, Amanda has made tangible progress in fighting and eradicating sex trafficking and the related abuses of the commercial sex industry. Amanda promotes the human trafficking abolitionist policy through media and her writings, popular culture, local governments, and her pioneering online and social media activism, including her listserve called Human Trafficking Heroes.