The Liberator Awards highlight and acknowledge leading abolitionists across the United States. During the past few years, many have stepped up to the plate and worked hard to improve their grade card from Shared Hope International.
The Liberator Awards were created by The SOAP Project to unite people from around the country who are working for the same cause: fighting human trafficking. They were also created with the hopes of highlighting the work of amazing individuals and groups. Everyone will tell you: this is hard stuff to do. We should diligently celebrate those who do it not because it is easy, but because it is right. The inspiration and namesake for this event is William Lloyd Garrison.
William Lloyd Garrison (December 12, 1805 - May 24, 1879) was a prominent American abolitionist, journalist, suffragist, and social reformer. He is best known as the editor of the first abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator. He promoted immediate emancipation of slaves in the United States. In the 1870s, Garrison also became a prominent voice for the women's suffrage movement.
Garrison became famous as one of the most articulate, as well as most radical, opponents of slavery. His approach to emancipation stressed “moral suasion”, non-violence, and passive resistance. While some other abolitionists of the time favored gradual emancipation, Garrison argued for “immediate and complete emancipation of all slaves”.
2019 - Ohio / Michigan: Jenn Amo 2018 - Ohio: Lennie Alcorn-Mason 2017 - Ohio: Lynn Stevens 2016 - Ohio: Katie Bush 2016 - Michigan: Vivian Walczesky 2015 - Ohio: Dr. Celia Williamson (University of Toledo) 2015 - Michigan: Lindsay Fischer (All Worthy of Love) 2014 - Ohio: Kim Hogan (Trinity Catholic High School, Garfield Heights) 2013 - Ohio: Mindy Kuebler
2019 - Ohio / Michigan: University of Toledo Interprofessional Educational Program 2015 - Ohio: TARTA - Toledo Area Transit Authority 2015 - Michigan: WAR - Women at Risk International 2014 - Ohio: Freedom a la Cart 2013 - Ohio: LexisNexis
Organization / Church / Civic Club
2019 - Ohio / Michigan: The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking 2018 - Ohio: Gracehaven 2017 - Ohio: She Has a Name 2016 - Ohio: Survivor's Ink 2016 - Michigan: Michigan Abolitionist Project 2015 - Ohio: Rahab's Heart Toledo 2015 - Michigan: Hope Project 2014 - Ohio: Doma International 2013 - Ohio: Soroptimist International
Student / Student Group
2019 - Ohio / Michigan: International Justice Mission (University of Toledo) 2018 - Ohio: Bowling Green High School Theatre Group 2017 - Ohio: Dawn Heideman (Be the One) 2016 - Ohio: Nora Riggs 2016 - Michigan: Woodhaven High School Theatre Company 2015 - Ohio: Reynoldsburg High School Human Trafficking Youth Coalition 2015 - Michigan: Grand Valley State University (International Justice Mission) 2014 - Ohio: Megan Gallagher (Ohio University End Slavery Movement) 2013 - Ohio: Columbus City Schools (Stories Behind their Eyes)
2019 - Ohio / Michigan: The Anam Cara Group 2018 - Ohio: Mary Kapp 2017 - Ohio: Christina Conrad 2017 - Ohio: Judge Marilyn B. Cassidy 2016 - Ohio: Senator Rob Portman 2016 - Michigan: Trooper Tressa Duffin 2015 - Ohio: Aaron Dennis (Columbus Police Department) 2015 - Michigan: Ed Price (Southeast Michigan Crimes Against Children Task Force) 2014 - Ohio: Peter Swartz (Innocence Lost Task Force, Toledo) 2014 - Ohio: Representative Teresa Fedor (Toledo)
2019 - Ohio / Michigan: Love Runs (Northridge Church) 2015 - Ohio: Ian Kallay 2015 - Michigan: Senator Judy Emmons (Michigan State Senate) 2014 - Ohio: Judge Paul Herbert (Franklin County Municipal Court - CATCH Court) 2013 - Ohio: Governor John Kasich
Nominate & Vote
Nominations for this year have ended, but will be reopened next year. Who do you know that has worked to raise awareness, change laws, educate others, or help to stop this crime from happening in your area? Visit this page again soon to submit a nomination.
Voting will be available from January 18th to January 31st. Finalists are determined by the leading number of votes in each category. A panel of impartial judges will select a winner from among the top three finalists. Winners will be announced at the Liberator Awards ceremony Visit this page again soon to cast your vote.
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Tickets to the Liberator Awards
An evening worthy of the Emmys or Grammys (we call it the Libbys)! Put on your fanciest clothes, mingle with finalists, celebrate with winners, and find out who will be revealed as this year's Liberator of the Year!