Last night, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) received the annual Hope Award from Calvary Women’s Services at the organization’s 18th Annual Hope Awards Dinner.
The event is meant to honor leaders who uplift and empower women, and celebrate the success of women at Calvary who are achieving their goals and moving out of homelessness.
Calvary Women’s Services is committed to ending homelessness, inspiring hope, and transforming lives.
Congresswoman Wexton was honored with this year’s Hope Award for her work to end domestic violence and addiction, two primary contributors to homelessness, as well as her work supporting women and women’s rights.
“I’m honored to have received this year’s Hope Award from Calvary Women’s Services,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. “I'm proud to have fought for women and children my entire career, and I'm committed to continuing that work in Congress.”
“I want to thank Calvary Women’s Services for the incredible work they do to uplift and empower women in our community. We should all aspire to the mission of Calvary to end homelessness, to inspire hope, and to change lives for the better.”
Past recipients of the Hope Award include civil rights activist and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta, co-founder of BET Sheila C. Johnson, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and journalist Katie Couric.
Photos of the Congresswoman from the event can be found here.
Background on Congresswoman Wexton’s work to end domestic violence and addiction:
As an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Virginia, Wexton prosecuted countless domestic violence cases, holding abusers accountable and linking survivors to the resources and supports they needed to end the cycle of violence.
As a private attorney, Wexton helped survivors navigate the court system to get protective orders against their abusers.
In both of those roles, Wexton worked alongside the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter and other nonprofits to help make sure that survivors of domestic violence had a safe place for themselves and their children to live.
As a state Senator, Wexton worked with Republicans and Democrats to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, passed legislation to get resources directly to victims at the courthouse when they receive a protective order, and worked alongside Virginia’s Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance to achieve those goals.
Wexton also worked with healthcare providers, mental health experts, and advocacy groups to change the way Virginia addressed addiction. Leading the charge to pass laws that would expand access to the overdose reversal drug Naloxone and help substance-exposed newborns and their mothers stay together and get the resources they need to recover and lead healthy lives.
In Congress, Wexton has continued that work as a fierce advocate for women and children.