Woodhull Names 2018 Vicki Sexual Freedom Award Recipients

Woodhull Names 2018 Vicki Sexual Freedom Award Recipients

WASHINGTON — The Woodhull Freedom Foundation, a national human rights organization working to advance sexual freedom, has presented its Vicki Sexual Freedom Award to two recipients — Caroline Bettinger-López and Mia Mingus.

The Vicki Sexual Freedom Award was created to recognize those who have made landmark contributions to the movement for sexual health and freedom.

“Each year Woodhull selects individuals who are doing groundbreaking work to advance sexual freedom,” said Ricci Levy, Woodhull Freedom Foundation’s CEO. "Caroline has dedicated her career to advancing human rights and being a voice for those who have survived violence at the hands of an intimate partner. Mia is on the cutting edge of efforts to ensure that the stories and needs of people with disabilities are not only acknowledged but centered in the quest for truly transformative justice."

“The Vicki Awards are an opportunity to shine a spotlight on these incredible individuals who are truly paving the way for liberation. We are honored to be with them in their endeavors to shape the world and shake up the conversation.”

Bettinger-López is a professor of Clinical Legal Education and director of the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law. Bettinger-López recently completed a two-year term in the Obama Administration, where she served as the White House advisor on violence against women, a senior advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, and a member of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Read more about her here.

Mingus is a writer, educator and community organizer for disability justice and transformative justice. She is a queer, physically disabled Korean woman who is a transracial and transnational adoptee from the Caribbean. Read more about her here.

The Vicki Sexual Freedom Awards are named after Victoria Woodhull, the namesake of the Woodhull Freedom Foundation. Woodhull was an American suffragist born in 1838, who was described by newspapers as a leader of the American women’s suffrage movement in the 19th century. She became a colorful and notorious symbol for women’s rights, sexual freedom, free love, and spiritualism as she fought against corruption and for labor reforms.

The 9th Annual Sexual Freedom Summit, a project of the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, will be held Aug. 2-5 in Alexandria, Va.

The Sexual Freedom Summit features human rights activists, sexuality educators and researchers, authors, professionals from the legal and medical fields who come together to share information, experiences, tools and strategies to use in the fight for human rights and sexual freedom.

For further information about the Sexual Freedom Summit, visit SexualFreedomSummit.org or follow the conversation on social media with #SFS18.