Award nominations


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

Building upon our anti-oppression and racial justice work, we recognize that advocates from privileged groups are typically afforded more recognition for their work. Accordingly, we  encourage program directors to consider nominating outstanding advocates from communities of color and other marginalized identities.

Basic criteria

Nominees should…

  1. …be currently employed by an OCADSV member program in good standing that is a community-based nonprofit or tribal DV/SA advocacy program;
  2. …be currently working in a direct-service advocacy role with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking; and
  3. …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

Program directors may submit official PASSION Award nominations until Friday, March 29th at 5:00pm.

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

Coalition staff checks to ensure each nominee meets the selection criteria and has been officially nominated by their program’s director.

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


Angela Dorman, MayDay, Inc.
Roszanne Moldovan, Shelter from the Storm
Carol Rios, Community Works
Brandi Yanez, Hope & Safety Alliance


Karen Duran, Casa Esperanza
Amparo Piedrahita, Casa Esperanza
Jaquelinne Portillo Grijalva, Womenspace
Jennifer Metcalf, Confederated Tribes of Siletz- CARE Program
Kerri Fox-Schaller, Oasis Advocacy & Shelter


Katya Trubilova, Russian Oregon Social Services
Loerit Perez, Sexual Assault Resource Center
Linda Green, Raphael House of Portland
Esperanza Valencia, Impact NW – Parent-Child Therapeutic Services
Krista Evans, Shelter from the Storm
Lori Oltman, Siuslaw Outreach Services


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


Kerry Naughton, OAASIS
Lisa Norton , Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians


Gita Mehrotra, Portland State University
Dornice Hart
Claire Barrera
Sarina Simpson


Ron Clark, Agape Church of Christ
Lea Sevey, Oasis Advocacy and Shelter


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 Attorney General’s 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)


Kris Billhardt, Director, VOA Home Free​​​​​​​


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


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


Jayne Downing, Center for Hope and Safety (formerly Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Service)
Phyllis Barkhurst, Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force


Chiquita Rollins, Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordinator

* The OCADSV offices experienced a fire in July of 2012, during which many records were destroyed. Please contact us if you know who received this award!

Esperanza Award

The Esperanza Award is named after Esperanza Valencia, a tireless advocate and past PASSION awardee who embodied her name of ‘hope’ to every survivor she came across. Esperanza passed away suddenly in 2019, leaving the world too soon. She has touched many lives and has provided a lasting sense of hope.

Esperanza Award Process

Qualifications for award

  • Advocate of color who is currently employed by a member program in good standing that is a community-based nonporfit or tribal dv/sa advocacy program or culturally specific program.
  • Currently working in a direct-service advocacy role with survivors of domestic violence, sa/stalking
  • Demonstrates a commitment to families/children and helping the children heal and breaking the chains of intergenerational trauma.
  • Holds a commitment to providing culturally responsive services to communities of color


  • Nominations can be submitted by any 2 staff members from a member program, tribal program or CS
  • No one can nominate themselves
  • The selection committee is made up of OCADSV staff and members of the OCADSV POC caucus
  • 1-3 awardees may be selected for this year’s Esperanza award

Past recipients


Evelin Damian Ramirez, Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS)
Maria Cristina Lenzi Miori, CARDV


Perla Estrada, Sexual Assault Resource Center
Norma Olivia Obrist, Tides of Change