Each year the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence honors advocates' extraordinary contributions with the PASSION Award, presented during the Coalition's Annual Conference

Building upon the anti-oppression and racial justice work of the Coalition and our member programs, and recognizing that advocates from privileged groups are typically afforded more recognition for their work, we strongly encourage nominees from communities of color and other marginalized identities.

Basic criteria

Nominees should...

  • currently employed by a Coalition member program in good standing that is a community-based nonprofit or tribal DV/SA advocacy program;
  • currently working in a direct-service advocacy role with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking; and
  • ...exemplify the following qualities in support of their program’s goals
    • P: Perseverance
    • A: Advocacy
    • S: Sensitivity
    • S: Strength
    • I: Integrity
    • O: Optimism
    • N: Nurturance

Nomination process

Directors submit nominations

Program directors may submit official PASSION Award nominations until Wednesday, March 27th at 5:00pm.

Colleagues and community partners may submit statements of support for a nominee (using the same form).

  Submit a nomination

Coalition verifies eligibility

OCADSV staff checks to ensure each nominee meets the selection criteria and has been put forward by their program director.

Nominating director notified

By mid-April, OCADSV will notify the program director of each eligible nominee, and we work surreptitiously to get both the nominee and their program director to our Annual Conference's award ceremony. 

Additional guidelines

Past recipients


Eliana Echeverria Kennedy, YWCA of Greater Portland
Emmy Ritter, Raphael House of Portland
Dana Lundy, Center for Hope and Safety (Salem)
Michael Klein, Community Works (Medford)
Sarina Simpson, Self Enhancement Inc. (Portland)
Eleanor Watkins, Tillamook County Women's Resource Center
Jenna Cohan, HAVEN (The Dalles)
Kristen Dewey, Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (Corvallis)
Edlyn Ortiz, Saving Grace (Bend)
Averi Sage, Volunteers of America Oregon - Home Free (Portland)


Sami J. Gloria, Battered Persons' Advocacy (Roseburg)
Karen Shultz, Helping Hands Against Violence (Hood River)


Candace Lillie, Warm Springs Reservations - Victims of Crime Services (Warm Springs)
Julie Warren, SAFE of Columbia County (Saint Helens)
Milli Joseph, MayDay Inc. (Baker City)
Sharon Ford, Womenspace (Eugene)
Shawn Scott, Henderson House (McMinnville)
Tracey Cummings, My Sisters' Place (Newport)


Monica Alexander, Bradley Angle (Portland)
Angie Drake, Clackamas Women's Services (Oregon City)
Marie Hickman, Siuslaw Outreach Services (Florence)
Mercedes Hill, HAVEN from Domestic Violence (The Dalles)
Sharon Moore, The Harbor (Astoria)
Norma Obrist, Tillamook County Women's Resource Center (Tillamook)
Rosie Richburg, Harney Hope (Burns)
Sheila Saray, Los Ninos Cuentan (Oregon City)
Emily Trussell, Center for Hope and Safety (Salem)
Diana Young, Sexual Assault Support Services (Eugene)


Susie Ellwood, Illinois Valley Safe House Alliance (Cave Junction)
Manuel Gutierrez, Domestic Violence Services (Pendleton)
Serra Perino, Helping Hands Against Violence (Hood River)
Jennifer Weeks, Saving Grace (Bend)


Teresa Aslin, Womenspace (Eugene)


Sandy Haw, Henderson House (McMinnville)
Nick Guerrero, Raphael House of Portland

Midori Hamilton Awards

Each year, the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV) presents the Midori Hamilton Award to individuals who have provided exemplary service in the movement to end domestic and sexual violence.

Midori Hamilton, this award’s namesake, was a longtime advocate, activist, Coalition volunteer, and staff member who worked tirelessly at the intersections of racial equity and ending sexual and domestic violence. She began volunteering for OCADSV in the mid-1980s, during which she launched the Women of Color Caucus. She joined the Coalition staff in the early-1990s, helping solidify the Coalition's membership and policy influence, supporting women of color in advocacy and leadership roles, and organizing caucus meetings and affinity group gatherings during OCADSV board meetings and conferences, among many other accomplishments.

Shortly after her retirement, the Coalition established the Midori Hamilton Award to honor individuals and their outstanding contributions to our movement on a statewide level. Previous awardees include advocacy program directors, community partners, government officials, and community members dedicated to preventing domestic and sexual violence and supporting survivors throughout Oregon.

Recipients of the Midori Hamilton Award are selected by OCADSV's board and staff members, and receive special recognition during our Annual Conference.

Past recipients


Cheryl O'Neill, Oregon Department of Human Services

Pastor Cliff Chappell, Pastor, St. Johns All Nations Church of God in Christ


Allison Cleveland, Oregon Anti-Violence Project

Kathleen Marvin, Tillamook County Women's Resource Center (ret.)


Erin Greenawald, Oregon Department of Justice


Julie McFarlane, Oregon Health Authority


Nancy Greenman, Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force


Desiree Coyote, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla


Songcha Bowman, South Asian Women's Empowerment & Resource Center and Portland State University


Tawna Sanchez, Native American Youth & Family Center


Vanessa Timmons, Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordinator's Office (previous) and OCADSV (previous and current)


The Coalition offices suffered fire damage in 2012, during which many records were lost or destroyed. Please contact us if you know who received this award!  


Toni Ryan, Saving Grace
Jessica Mindlin, Victim Rights Law Center


Denise Washington
Sybil Hebb, Oregon Law Center
Robin Selig, Oregon Law Center


Jayne Downing, Mid-Valley Women's Crisis Service
Phyllis Barkhurst, Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force


Chiquita Rollins, Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordinator