For 40 years, the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) has been working to eliminate violence in Arizona communities. ACESDV fulfills our mission by providing coordination, training and expert consultation to more than 40 sexual and domestic violence programs, as well as advocating for victim safety and offender accountability throughout the state.
On Saturday, May 22, 2021, ACESDV will celebrate forty years of advocacy with the Thrive Virtual Event. The only one of its kind in Arizona, the Thrive Virtual Event is designed to uplift survivors and honor advocates and allies. Proceeds from the Coalition’s virtual event support our prevention, advocacy and education efforts to fulfill our mission to end sexual and domestic violence in Arizona by dismantling oppression and promoting equity among all people.
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2021 Thrive Honorees:
Leah Meyers, Arizona Rural Women’s Health Network, will receive the Saguaro Award in honor of a lifetime dedicated to ending sexual and domestic violence.
Kristen Kiernan, Community Member, has been selected as one of the Three Heart Award honorees, which honors a domestic violence survivor who has turned adversity into triumph by creating positive change in the community.
Raquel Balcazar, formerly with Sojourner Center, will receive the Cliff Rose Award, which honors an advocate’s outstanding efforts in providing direct services to victims of sexual and/or domestic violence in Arizona
Christine Groninger, Arizona Foundation For Legal Services, will be the recipient of the Desert Sunflower Award, which honors a person’s non-traditional involvement in the movement to end sexual and/or domestic violence.