Voting for 2022 has closed. Come along and enjoy a lovely black tie evening, support this year’s heroes, innovators and charity volunteers – and support the IASC with our major fundraiser for the year. Awards will be presented at our Gala Awards Night The Mirage Casino Resort, Las Vegas Sat 29th October, 2022. Everyone is welcome!
The Medal of Freedom Awards are the IASC’s highest global awards for a lifetime of achievement to Anti-Slavery, Anti-Bullying & Anti-Human Trafficking causes. We salute extraordinary individuals, groups & partnerships, charities, commercial enterprises & government authorities. This year’s winner is Sir Paul Hutchinson, and we are truly honoured to be presenting this remarkable gentleman with our greatest global honour at the Awards night. bookings are still available.
Scroll down to see this year’s nominees for the category awards…
For outstanding achievement in anti-bullying, anti-slavery, or anti-trafficking educational programs, online education, educational presentations, educational lectures & speeches and presenters. Educational awareness programs – individual or group.
- A/Professor David Bishop – Hong Kong
- Blue Campaign – Training Course – USA
- Columbia Southern University – USA
- A/Prof Erin B. Corcoran, Notre Dame – USA
- EthiXBase Training – Singapore
- Police Captain Fred Hass & Officer Larry Hadfield – NV, USA
- McCain Institute, Arizona State University Human Trafficking Programs – AZ, USA
- Donna-Leigh Perfect – children’s anti-bullying education – Australia
- Police1 – Human Trafficking Programs – WA USA
- Treasures Training – CA, USA
For outstanding achievement in producing an event, conference, or promotional campaign that promotes anti-bullying, anti-slavery, and anti-trafficking – individual or group.
- Australia’s Largest Lunch – Australia
- Crimestoppers UK – Wales Campaign – UK
- “Demand Reduction” Campaign: Texas Dept of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division, Lubbock Police Dept Special Operations, Hockley County Sheriff’s Office & Levelland Police Dept
- End It Movement – USA
- Fox 5 Las Vegas – “Behind the Badge” Campaign – USA
- “Signal for Help” Hand Signal – Canadian Women’s Foundation – Canada
- High School On-Line Summit – USA
- Impact Film Challenge – Australia
- Operation “Reclaim Rebuild” – L.A. County Sheriff – CA, USA
- Traffick Jam Live – USA
The Shauna T. Kelly Memorial Prize for Legal & Allied Fields
For outstanding achievement in providing legal assistance to victims, legal consultation to businesses or governments, pro-bono advice, or for the prosecution of individuals or groups involved in human trafficking. Individual or group.
- Amal Clooney
- Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking
- Exodus Cry
- International Justice Mission
- Kenneth Roth – Human Rights Watch
- Kathleen C Kim
- Jackelyn Mariano – Attorney – Mission to end modern slavery
- Operation Underground Railroad
- William Sousa – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans (VARN)
For re-homing, shelter, repatriation, care & assistance in the anti-bullying, anti-slavery, and anti-trafficking – individual or group.
For anti-bullying, anti-slavery, or anti-trafficking programs specifically designed towards women and/or outstanding achievement in programs and assistance designed for women – individual or group.
For anti-bullying, anti-slavery, or anti-trafficking programs in community groups, religious groups, charities, or related fields – individual or group.
For a remarkable individual or group who volunteers with anti-bullying, anti-slavery or anti-trafficking programs and/or outstanding achievements as a global volunteer.
- Kristin Aviles– Hopelink
- Serafin Calvo – City of North Las Vegas
- Mark Davis – Abundance International
- Juliana Glock – Volunteers of America
- Melissa Holland – Awaken
- Kimberly Mile – SHERO Foundation
- Kathyann Powell – Saving Jane
- Makaya Swain – The Embracing Project
- Nevada Volunteers
- Lena Walther – Awareness is Prevention
For anti-bullying, anti-trafficking, or anti-slavery programs or education or outstanding achievement from Police, Fire, and First Responders, Ambulance & Emergency Hotlines – individual or group.
- Tina Decola – Las Vegas Fire & Rescue
- Training Officer Julia Drahn & Paramedic Laura Gehm – Denver, CO
- Matthew Driscoll – Las Vegas Fire Dept
- Amanda Gulli – FBI Atlanta, GA Field Office
- Ambassador Eldeen Husaini Mohd Hashim & General Neth Savoeun, the National Police Chief of Cambodia– Cambodia/Malaysia
- Captain Josh Martinez – LVMPD – NV, USA
- National Human Trafficking Hotline – USA
- Nevada 211
- Rescue America 24 hr Hotline – Centennial, CO
- Lieutenant Jason Stern – Grove City, OH
- Officer Jordan Williams – Valley Mills, TX
For specific anti-bullying, anti-slavery, or anti-trafficking programs, help or assistance or outstanding achievement in the medical, hospital, psychiatric, counselling, support, and associated medical-related fields – individual or group.
- Joe Alvarado, TX
- Kayla Durga, GA
- HCA – Gulf Coast Division
- Henderson Humana Neighbourhood Cente, NV
- International Sanctuary, CA
- Dr. David Kuykendall, MD
- Dr. Christina Madison & Southern Nevada Health District
- Dr. Deepa Patel, Psychologist, DC
- Signs of Hope, Nevada
- Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada
For anti-bullying, anti-trafficking, or anti-slavery programs, education or outstanding achievement in local government – individual or group.
- Major James Allen Dogao – Phillippines
- District Attorney Dan Dow – San Luis Obispo CA
- Brenda Jepson (Safenest) & Las Vegas Fire & Rescue NV, USA
- Las Vegas Police Volunteer Program – NV, USA
- Local Government Association – United Kingdom
- My Blue Sky – Australia
- Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force – CA, USA
- Kathryn Rossiter and Jo Benfield – Australia
- San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) – CA, USA
- Santa Ana Family Justice Center – CA, USA
- Sheriff Alex Villanueva LA Police – CA, USA
For anti-bullying, anti-trafficking, or anti-slavery programs, education or outstanding achievement in any state government – individual or group.
- Elynne Greene – LVMPD – Las Vegas
- Fabiola Loya Hernandez – Mexico
- Cardell Morant – Washington DC
- Nevada Division of Child & Family Services – Nevada
- Nevada Coalition to Prevent the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children – Nevada
- Office to Combat Human Trafficking – BC, Canada
- Ohio Governor’s Human Trafficking Task Force
- Mari D. Parlade – Nevada
- Liz Ryan – Washington DC
- Karin Stone – California
For anti-bullying, anti-trafficking, or anti-slavery programs, education or outstanding achievement in any federal government – individual or group.
- Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus * – DC
- Antonio Maria Costa – BRUSSELS & VIENNA
- Dr. Kari Johnstone – DC, USA
- Liberty Shared & The Dept of Homeland Security
- Senators Cortez Masto & John Cornyn – NV, USA
- Office on Trafficking in Persons – DC
- Operation Turquesa III – LYON, FRANCE
- Jose Perez, FBI – LA, USA
- Railway Protection Force and Government Railway Police – INDIA
- Hannah Zack & Addie Zinsner – DC, USA
For anti-bullying, anti-slavery or anti-trafficking programs & education, or development of new slave-free-products or social media influencers who promote green barcodes, re-wearable fashion, slave-free makeup, ingredients, formulas, and cosmetics — individual or group
For anti-bullying, anti-slavery, or anti-trafficking programs or outstanding global achievement in “farm to table”, agriculture, food & beverage production and service, and charity meals in the food & beverage-related industries. – individual or group.
For anti-bullying, anti-slavery, or anti-trafficking programs or outstanding global achievement in travel, airlines, airports, hotels, trucking, transport & related fields – individual or group.
- Association of Flight Attendants
- ECPAT – “The CODE” – THAILAND
- International Air Transport Association (IATA)
- M.J. Maynard Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada – NV, USA
- MGM Resorts – Worldwide
- Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol Division
- Harry Reid International Airport – NV, USA
- Nancy Rivard – Airline Ambassadors
- Truckers Against Trafficking USA/CANADA
- Kim Yaeger – Nevada Trucking Association – USA
For anti-bullying, anti-slavery, or anti-trafficking programs, books, writing, music, videos, documentaries, performance art, social media, photography, marketing, and social media influencers on a global scale – individual or group.
- Daffodil Altan – UC Berkeley School of Journalism. Frontline PBS: Trafficked in America
- Runako Celina & Henry Mhango BBC Africa Eye “Racism for Sale”
- CBC News: The National: Tracking the money behind human trafficking.
- Java Films: Child Labour in Mica Mining
- Jessica Contrera: Washington Post Sex trafficked kids are crime victims
- Colm Flynn: Fighting Albania’s Human Trafficking – Documentary
- Polaris: No Way to Treat a Guest
- Dr. Rashad Richey – TYT: 40K Children Trafficked, Exploited For Lithium Batteries
- Jaclyn Schultz: Fox 5 Vegas Helping rescue victims: Vegas organization aims to expand resources
- Allison Walker: ABC WKEF Reporter embedded in statewide anti-human sex trafficking sting
For outstanding achievement on a global scale in computers & technology, websites, online shopping guides & related fields against bullying, modern slavery & human trafficking programs – individual or group.
- Allies Against Slavery – Lighthouse – Computer Software to spot victims and coordinate care Austin, TX
- Aspire News Downloadable Safety Ap – When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw Foundation – CA, USA
- Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) – Amber Alerts – Canada
- End Slavery Now – Anti-Slavery Directory OH, USA
- Good Shopping Guide– London, United Kingdom
- Barry MacKillop – Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre (FINTRAC) – Canada
- John Molyneaux – Power of One– Lincoln, Nebraska
- Kimberly Morales & Quortney Campbell – NV
- Charlie Pyper -ExtraStaff – Software to recognize modern slavery – United Kingdom
- Thorn Digital Defenders of Children – “Spotlight“– CA, USA
For outstanding achievement on a global scale for an individual or group in finance, commerce & industry who develop and publicise a strong human-trafficking statement, produce, sell or recommend specifically slave-free, fair trade products and who inspect supply lines, with the ultimate goal – to proudly sell, use and recommend 100% green barcode slave-free products.
- ACAMS – Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists – FL, USA
- APTIV – Dublin Ireland + Las Vegas, NV
- Done Good CO, USA
- End Slavery Now – DC, USA
- Heather C. Fischer Thomson Reuters, DC, USA
- Goodweave – USA, India, Nepal, Germany, UK
- Respect International – Switzerland
- Shop Ethical– Australia
- Sister Works – Ethical Gifts – Australia
- UN Office on Drugs & Crime – Vienna, Austria
Additional Rising Star:
- Ocean Spray NV, USA
For outstanding achievement and/or heroic act, or acts, by an individual or group. These astounding people and groups give little consideration to their own personal safety, or how their cause might put themselves personally at risk. These heroes travel far & wide and search out victims, and instead of turning away, they put their careers, and sometimes their lives, on the line to rescue trafficked victims.
- Mr. Adam Benschoter
- Beth Bernardo – Old Navy/NCMEC
- Joshua Cruz – Rescuing fifty trafficked children. OK, USA March 28, 2022
- Tina DeCola – Las Vegas Fire & Rescue – Denise Amber Lee Foundation – NV, USA
- Oree Freeman – US Institute Against Human Trafficking (USIAHT) – FL, USA
- Captain Sasha Larkin – NV, USA
- Princess Basmah bint Saud Al Saud– Saudi Arabia
- Robin Smith – Refuge for Women, Las Vegas, NV
- John Walsh – Activist, TV Host, VA, USA
The Medal of Freedom Awards are the IASC’s highest global awards for a lifetime of achievement to Anti-Slavery, Anti-Bullying & Anti-Human Trafficking causes. We salute extraordinary individuals, groups & partnerships, charities, commercial enterprises & government authorities.
NOMINATIONS: Anyone can nominate for the Medal of Freedom Awards, at any time of year. If the nomination is received after the closing date, that nomination is processed the following year
VOTING: There is no voting for the Medal of Freedom Award. The Award is based on the number of nominations received throughout the year. The top 5 nominees are all equal recipients of the IASC Medal of Freedom Award.