PAST ANNUAL AWARD CELEBRATIONS
2021: 5th Anniversary Celebration
The Sean P. McIlmail Hero Award was be given to Cass Spoerl whose dedication to bringing justice to child sex abuse victims in honor of her son, James Spoerl, is truly heroic.
The inaugural Thomas P. Doyle Whistleblower Award was given to three amazing people whose dedication to exposing clergy sex abuse and holding the Catholic Church accountable is an inspiration to us all; Suzy Nauman, Terence McKiernan, and Anne Barrett Doyle.
The Barbara Blaine Trailblazer Award will be given to four women whose bravery and perseverance ensured the creation of the Epstein Victim’s Compensation Fund which provided compensation to hundreds of Epstein victims. The honorees were US Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George, Sabrina Ewart, Ann Jennifer Mastrogiovanni and Pralaya Cuomo.
The Voice of the Voiceless Award was be given to Kai Bickle for his dedication to seeking justice for the sex trafficking victims of Peter Nygard. His extraordinarily brave stand for justice for the victims is an inspiration to all.
2020: Focus on the Facts
The Sean P. McIlmail Hero Award was presented to Senator Joseph Vitale for his leadership in opening a window to justice for survivors in New Jersey.
The Public Educator Award honored the work of Paul Offit, MD & Zubin Damania (ZDogg), MD, who have worked tirelessly to shine the light of truth and science on children’s vaccinations.
The Access to Justice Award honored the work of Jon Hatami and Brian Knappenberger. Jon Hatami is a member of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office whose work on the case People v. Isauro Aguirre was highlighted by the Netflix docuseries The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez. Brian Knappenberger is an award-winning filmmaker who directed the filmm and brought awareness to this important issue.
The Barbara Blaine Trailblazer Award honored 7 male victims of a Karate coach in Brunswick, Georgia: Justin Conway, Christopher D. Brazell, Christopher Garwood, Steven R. Hood (not pictured), Dennis L. Stoll, Dennis Rose, & Steve Tann. Their courageous journey to attempt to get justice demonstrates just how difficult it is to achieve and how critical CHILD USA truly is.
The Voice for the Voiceless Award honored reporters Jim DeRogatis and Mary Mitchell who have been writing about R. Kelly for nearly 20 years. It is due to their relentless efforts that awareness of R. Kelly’s alleged abuses have come to light and charges have been brought against him.
The Child Protector Award honored actor Ricky Garcia who has come forward about the abuse he exprienced in Hollywod and continues to speak out on behalf of victims.
2019: A Banner Year for Statute of Limitations Reform
The Sean P. McIlmail Hero Award was presented to Art Baselice for his persistent and devoted grassroots advocacy for child protection, in honor of the memory of his beloved son.
The Access to Justice Award was presented to PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro for his work on the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report exposing the abuses of the Catholic Church.
The Public Educator Award was presented to award winning journalist, Julie K. Brown, for her groundbreaking investigative reporting that has educated the public immeasurably about Jeffrey Epstein and child sex trafficking.
The Barbara Blaine Trailblazer Award was presented to well-known actress and producer, Leah Remini, and her co-star Mike Rinder in A&E’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath which has taken a brave, public stand for justice and given voice to many of Scientology’s victims.
2018: 2nd Annual Celebration
The Sean P. McIlmail Hero Award was presented to Corey Feldmen for his work on Statute of Limitations Reform and his tireless efforts to expose the abuses of children in Hollywood.
The Public Educator Award was presented to Jennifer Fox for her work on the HBO Film The Tale, which provided a real life picture of child sex abuse. From the grooming they experience from trusted adults to the delayed disclosure they experience in coming to terms with the abuse as adults.
The Child Protector Award was presented to Jessica Howard, Sarah Klein, Jamie Dantzscher, and Rachel Denhollander for their work in exposing the abuses of Larry Nassar and helping to reform the systems that enabled him.
The Barbara Blaine Trailblazer Award was presented to Dr. Richard Sipe.
2017: Inaugural Annual Event