14589875_10155342206108275_4375528061611630419_oAfter people cast more than 7,000 votes for 60 different nominees, I just became a top-four finalist in The Liberator Awards.

This unique honor highlights Ohio’s leading abolitionists of modern slavery. A survivor of sex trafficking nominated me and The Black Lens novel for the award in October under the “Ohio” and “Individual” category.

The final winners will be determined on Jan. 15, but check out the top finalists below.


Michelle Hannan: CORRC, Salvation Army
Lynn Greenfeder Stevens: We are Cherished
Christopher Stollar: author of The Black Lens
Tabitha Woodruff: volunteer for CORRC

Elected Official/Law Enforcement

Judge Marilyn Cassidy: Cleveland Municipal Court Trafficking Docket
Christina Conrad: Victims Advocate
Brent Currence: Missing Persons Ohio AG
Greg Dalga: Special Agent

Organization/Church/Civic Club

Holy Angels Catholic Church Cleveland
She Has a Name
The Roosevelt Coffeehouse

Student/Student Organization

Abolitionist Plunge
Case Western Reserve University Law School Human Trafficking Clinic
Chole Carpenter: Ohio University Dance Group
Dawn Heideman: Walnut Ridge High School Be the One program


Krista Case
Sally Tobias Popa
Sister Sally Burk
Sarah Brown


Gina Godwin-Burris
Jennifer Kempton
Nicole Lange
Harold D’Souza

Learn more about each individual and group or get a ticket to the Jan. 15 awards ceremony at http://www.liberatorawards.com/.