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Brickell woman wins award for raising awareness about human trafficking

16 Jul

Kristin Francisco, 26, won a $10,000 award from Northwestern Mutual to help raise awareness about sex trafficking in Miami-Dade County.

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By Rebecca Burton rburton@miamiherald.com

As Brickell resident Kristin Francisco, 26, looks at her bulletin board, full of magazine cutouts of her role models and inspiring quotes she calls her “vision board,” she smiles.

Kristin Francisco, 26, speaks with Trudy Novicki, executive director of Kristi House, about her $10,000 award from Northwestern Mutual to help raise awareness about the sexual exploitation of women and girls in Miami-Dade while in the Kristi House medical exam room on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in Miami, Fla. The hand woven quilt and frog suit displayed on the medical table are used in treatment process of children. Kristi House community relations officer Mary Faraldo said, “The quilt is like Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak. It reminds them of being safe and taken care of.” MAX REED / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

“I’ve accomplished pretty much everything on it,” Francisco said. “It’s time to make a new one.”

Francisco was awarded $10,000 as a 2012 winner of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation’s 18th Annual Community Service Award. More than 9,000 employees of Northwestern Mutual apply for the award, but only 26 win. The recipients are to use the money to help an organization or charity that they are involved in, and on June 28, Francisco handed the check over to Debi Harris, CEO of Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade. Continue reading