In recognition of her vision, commitment and passionate leadership in the House for the 2018 Florida Child Marriage Act, American Children’s Campaign presented a Superhero Protector of Children Award to Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez. The Superhero awards are reserved for people who envision and/or lead transformational change for children.

The award is not reserved for public officials.  Most recipients have been private citizens or advocates who have envisioned innovations such as children’s health insurance, civil citations, new strategies to intervene in child trafficking, and more. To date, 11 Superhero awards have been distributed in American Children’s Campaign’s 27-year history. The award was presented to Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto as previously reported.

Florida’s Child Marriage Act, which bans marriage for anyone under 17 and prevents 17-year olds from marrying a spouse more than two years older, among other protections, took effect on July 1, 2018.  It is one of the most important child welfare reforms in decades. Prior to this legislation, Florida had no true protections restricting the marriage of minors.  

Children’s Campaign President Roy Miller, Children’s Campaign Board Member Dr. Saralyn Grass, Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center President Lawanda Ravoira, Voices for Florida President Linda Alexionok and Robyn Metcalf, Voices for Florida’s Statewide Director for Open Doors, were present for the awards presentation in the Lieutenant Governor’s office.  

“The common denominator for receiving a Superhero award is the large-scale transformative change that can be achieved,” explained Miller. “It goes beyond good works; a good bill; good deeds.  It means the lives of children are fundamentally and historically changed for the better.”   

About American Children’s Campaign

Founded in 1992, American Children’s Campaign is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that initiates systemic reform for Florida’s children through responsive public education campaigns and responsible public policy. The organization engages diverse citizens, stakeholders and experts in consensus-oriented dialogue, establishes a policy framework with specific recommendations, and then takes action while stressing accountability. More information about American Children’s Campaign is available at iamforkids.wpengine.com.

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