October 18, 2023 | Duquesne University Power Center | Refuge for Women Pittsburgh and Duquesne University present “Need to Know: Sex Trafficking in Pittsburgh,” a free community event featuring an expert panel with representatives from the FBI, Pittsburgh Law Enforcement, a Survivor, a Therapist, and Refuge for Women.
“So many amazing people have been working to help women who are being sex trafficked and exploited in this area,” said Theresa Golden, Refuge for Women Pittsburgh’s Executive Director. “By focusing on their incredible efforts, we can raise awareness of this issue in our region, the work that is being done, and what survivors still need from our community.”
This year’s award recipients include:
Rocco Magnelli is the recipient of the 2023 Humanitarian Award.
Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh is the recipient of the 2023 Hope Award.
The Sanctuary Award is given to a church or faith-based organization in recognition of their unwavering dedication to serving as a steadfast refuge and source of strength for the survivors of sex trafficking who seek solace at Refuge for Women Pittsburgh. This award celebrates the heartfelt prayers, compassionate service, and commitment to nurturing the spiritual well-being of survivors on their path to healing and restoration and the invaluable support they have provided to Refuge for Women Pittsburgh.
Crossroads North River and Crossroads Christian Church are the recipients of the 2023 Sanctuary Awards.
The Ally Award is given to an individual or organization that has recognized and responded to the needs of survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation by making a significant in-kind, monetary, or other donation to Refuge for Women Pittsburgh.
This year, we are giving the Ally Award to “The Building Team” – six companies that dedicated time, services, and materials so that Refuge for Women Pittsburgh could receive the zoning approval and an occupancy permit needed to open the Emergency Home.
The companies receiving the Ally Awards are:
A. Martini & Co.
Nova Environmental Services, Inc.
Hanlon Electric Company