HOPE Rising Award
2019 – Rachel Louise Snyder
Before a sold out crowd of professionals attending the 19th Annual International Family Justice Center Conference, Rachel Louise Snyder accepted an original piece of art titled: “The Lost Planet” by Inocente; a depiction of where the dreams of children go while they wait to come true. Alliance President Casey Gwinn praised Rachel’s work as transformative and thanked her for her focus on the relationship between childhood trauma and domestic violence perpetrators. Alliance CEO Gael Strack thanked Rachel for her groundbreaking reporting on traumatic brain injury in domestic violence survivors of strangulation, suffocation, and other assaults. Rachel is a writer, professor, and public radio commentator.
2018 – Lara Logan
Lara Logan, a 60 Minutes International Correspondent, received the Hope Rising Award and shared her compelling story with a packed ballroom at the 18th Annual International Family Justice Center Conference in Fort Worth, describing her career and her own harrowing experience with sexual assault while on assignment in Cairo to cover the Arab Spring. Though enduring a difficult road to recovery, Lara found hope and became determined to inspire it in other survivors. In her words, “Love many, trust a few, and always paddle your own boat”
2017 – Melissa Jeltsen
Alliance for HOPE International presented our first ever HOPE Rising Award this past week to HuffPost Senior Writer Melissa Jeltsen for her powerful writing on domestic violence in nearly two stories per week.
Alliance CEO Gael Strack and Alliance President Casey Gwinn presented Melissa with a piece of art from renown artist Inocente, a child survivor of violence and abuse, that works with our camping and mentoring program.
Melissa Jeltsen is a gifted, articulate, and insightful writer that is helping raise awareness across the United States and around the world. No reporter has ever served in this role full-time. Melissa’s articles are rallying the domestic violence and sexual assault movements across the country. Melissa also wrote an excellent feature story this past year on our nationally recognized Camp HOPE America program for children exposed to domestic violence.