The Nomi Network has selected Demand Abolition Chair Swanee Hunt for its 2013 Abolitionist Award, given to “visionary leaders [who] have established a legacy in the eradication of modern day slavery.”
The Nomi Network, which fosters the financial independence of women who are vulnerable to trafficking, also presented Jean Baderschneider with its Corporate Responsibility Award for her work to reduce human trafficking. Baderschneider is the Vice President of Global Procurement at Exxon Mobil.
Nomi Network’s host committee includes actress Ashley Judd, a strong advocate for women’s issues. In the network’s press release, Judd underscored the honorees’ commitment to change.
“Ending slavery is urgent, and its brutality requires that at times we come together to celebrate the courageous work individuals do as they daylight the horrors and carry the stories of the voiceless to the public,” Judd said. “There are solutions, and tonight’s honorees symbolize there is no problem too difficult to be lessened.”
Letters of Congratulations
Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City
Luis CdeBaca, Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the US Department of State
Carolyn B. Maloney, Member of Congress, 14th District of New York
The law firm Baker Hostetler hosted the awards ceremony in New York on January 22, 2013. The event included a silent auction fundraiser and photo exhibits.