Education Session and Recognition Luncheon  |  April 2016

In honor of April as Child Abuse Awareness and Sexual Assault Prevention Month, on April 22, 2016, Friends hosted the first Heroes of Hope Education Session and Recognition Luncheon at Oahu Country Club. Professionals from partner agencies, including Catholic Charities Hawaii, Child and Family Service, CJC Oahu and Consultants, Department of the Prosecuting Attorney, Family Court of the First Circuit, Honolulu Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, Kapiolani Child Protection Center, Sex Abuse Treatment Center, Department of the Attorney General, Department of Human Services/Child Welfare Services and Department of Public Safety, listened to the “Vicarious Trauma and Resiliency”, presented by Elizabeth Kent. These agencies also received 2016 Hereos of Hope Awards, presented by Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald. An adult survivor of child sexual abuse shared how having a “team” of professionals helped to make a positive impact on her life.

On behalf of the City and County of Honolulu, and Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Managing Director Roy Amemiya, Jr. presented a proclamation of April 22, 2016 to be 2016 Heroes of Hope Recognition Day.

A big Mahalo to all of the Heroes of Hope for never giving up and for their ongoing commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of Hawai‘i’s children!

Photo caption: Representatives from various agencies were presented with 2016 Heroes of Hope awards by Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald.