Azusa Pacific University Step Team at SWCAT 2014
W/Michelle Bart, NWCAVE President
"We're RISING, Will You?"
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On behalf of National Women's Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation (NWCAVE), Transitions and Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition we thank everyone who attended and helped to make our Southwest Conference Against Trafficking an inspiring, educational and powerful weekend in Pomona, CA!  Click here for the online program



Save the date: SWCAT Southern California
January 15-17, 2016  



January is Human Trafficking Prevention & Awareness Month
Anthony Mossburg: Can Anyone Hear Me Now
Anthony Mossburg"Can Anyone Hear Me Now"




NWCAVE in the Media

SWCAT in the Media 
Keli Rabon and Natalie Brand

The Jane Velez-Mitchell Journalism Award is named after award-winning journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell, on HLN.  "I am proud to support such an honorable and urgent cause by encouraging journalists to cover the critical issues affecting women.   Fighting the 'war on women' must become a priority in our society...this can be accomplished only by making it a priority in our national dialogue," said Velez-Mitchell.   


"Keli Rabon, was nominated by a rape survivor for the Jane Velez-Mitchell Journalism Award; although all of the nominees are outstanding in their field, it was the nomination of Keli that won the vote from our judging committee for her ongoing efforts to expose the truth about untested rape kits throughout the Denver Metro area," said Natalie Brand, JVM Journalism Award Chairperson.  


According to one of our coalition partners at the Joyful Heart Foundation, ending the backlog starts with knowing that a backlog exists and determining the number of untested kits sitting in police and crime lab storage facilities. Few state or local governments and no federal agencies track this rape kit data, making it difficult to determine which states and cities have backlogs, and which do not. Much of what we do know about the backlog has been uncovered by journalists, human rights researchers and-less often-city or state officials.


"In the three years of presenting the JVM Award, this was the first time we actually had a nomination from a survivor for a reporter's investigation and story," said Michelle Bart, President and Co-Founder of NWCAVE. "Keli's investigation and ongoing persistence has had numerous outcomes that will forever be a part of her legacy as a journalist.  Honoring her was not only on behalf of NWCAVE and Jane but rape victims throughout Colorado that deserve to be heard and their rapists be prosecuted," said Bart.  


Thank you to Kelly Binder for telling her story and nominating Rabon for this year's award!


Michelle, Kelly Binder, Natalie


"Voices for Justice" is a show of the National Women's Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation (NWCAVE) highlighting those that make our world a better place to live through media, community, and lending a helping hand.
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