Futures Receives Sheila Wellstone Advocacy Award
We’re proud to announce that Kiersten Stewart, director of our Washington, D.C. office, along with Futures Without Violence, has been awarded the Sheila Wellstone Advocacy Award in recognition of our work to end violence against women and children both in the United States and internationally.
Stewart accepted the award at a Capitol Hill reception earlier this week. Senators Franken, Klobuchar and Harkin attended the event and Lynn Rosenthal, the first ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, addressed the audience on behalf of President Obama and Vice President Biden. During her speech, Rosenthal highlighted the leadership Futures provides in seeing the intersection of violence against women and children and the path-breaking advocacy provided by our D.C.-based policy team.
The Sheila Wellstone Institute and the award given in her name was created following the deaths of Senator Paul Wellstone and his wife Sheila in a plane crash in 2002. Its purpose is to recognize outstanding leadership in the fight to end violence against women and children, Sheila's very personal cause and passion. The Award was presented to Stewart by Kathy Ison, Shiela Wellston’s sister.
Congratulations to Kiersten and the D.C. policy team for this outstanding achievement!