Champions for Children’s Justice Awards Reception

Friday, October 4th 6pm – 9pm

Please join us for a semi-formal evening overlooking the Pacific Ocean as we honor the work of journalists, lawmakers and advocates whose work has fueled our national movement for child safety in family courts. 


This event is a fundraiser to support our national work to create judicial accountability and to better protect children in the family court system, especially victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse. We rely 100% on the generosity of individual donations. 


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The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica. On-site parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis for $12. Please park in the Central Lot first, and once that is full, you can park in the North or South lots. 


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CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN'S JUSTICE

Ana Estevez, Child Advocate

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Ana Estevez is known throughout the greater L.A. region for her tragic journey to protect her son Piqui, who was murdered by her ex-husband. Ana saw the danger and begged the court to protect her son, but was denied the protection he needed. Since her son’s murder, Ana has triumphantly spread awareness about child safety and the need for systemic changes in family court and child protective services from DC to Sacramento. In 2019, Ana received the prestigious California Woman of the Year Award!  

Blanca Rubio, Assemblywoman

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Assemblywoman Rubio, elected in November 2016 to represent California’s 48th Assembly District,  has worked tirelessly to give her constituents a voice in the Capitol, placing advocacy for abused children, domestic violence survivors and immigrants at the forefront of her work. She worked closely with Ana Estevez, the Center and our child safety allies to pass “Piqui’s Resolution,” or H.R. 113, in 2018 and AB 1179 in 2019 to better protect abused children in family courts.

Jayne O'Donnell, USA Today

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Jayne O'Donnell is a Senior Health Care Policy Reporter for USA TODAY, an author, TV contributor and freelance writer. She is the author of the groundbreaking Jan. 2019 article, "The startling toll on children who witness domestic violence is just now being understood," and she is engaged in an ongoing investigation into the U.S. family court system. 

Mabinty Quarshie, USA Today

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Mabinty Quarshie has been a digital editor with USA TODAYsince 2016, working on audience engagement. She was a co-author of "The startling toll on children who witness domestic violence is just now being understood."

Gigi Graciette, Fox11 LA

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People's Choice Award Winner!

Gigi Graciette is a morning Fox 11 Newsand Good Day LAreporter who won the Center’s People’s Choice Awardfor her intimate, daily television coverage in 2017 about the regional search for Ana Estevez’s missing 5-year-old son Piqui. Her innovative daily reporting mobilized an entire region to search for the boy until Piqui’s body was tragically found after he had been murdered by his father, who was sentenced to life in prison without parole. 

Louise Haigh, UK Parliament

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Louise Haigh PM is a British Labour politician who created a national firestorm in England this past Spring by convincing more than 120 Members of Parliament to demand an independent inquiry into the U.K.’s family law system. Haigh has been an outspoken leader in the Parliament to improve the family courts and to better protect children and survivors of rape and domestic abuse.

The Honorable Gregory H. Laughlin, Pillsbury Law

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Greg Laughlin provided countless hours of pro-bono lobbying assistance to the Center and its allies during our three-year campaign to convince the U.S. Congress to take a stand against the national family court crisis that is harming abused children from coast to coast. This skilled Pillsbury team of lobbyists helped navigate the successful passage of our historic House Concurrent Resolution 72 for child safety in family courts, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 25, 2018.

Craig Saperstein, Pillsbury Law

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Craig Saperstein provided countless hours of pro-bono lobbying assistance to the Center and its allies during our three-year campaign to convince the U.S. Congress to take a stand against the national family court crisis that is harming abused children from coast to coast. This skilled Pillsbury team of lobbyists helped navigate the successful passage of our historic House Concurrent Resolution 72 for child safety in family courts, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 25, 2018.

Gillian Friedman, Deseret News

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Gillian Freidman is an award-winning investigative reporter for the Deseret Newsin Salt Lake City, Utah. Her four-month, in-depth investigation, Fatal Court, was published just weeks ago and has launched an ongoing investigative series into the U.S. family court system. Her reporting has also appeared in news outlets across the globe, including The Associated Press, The New York Timesand The Washington Post.

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