Awards & Honors


Recent Achievements:

  • Awarded one of four U.S. Department of Justice three-year grants given in the United States to expand Kristi House’s Project GOLD with a strong mentoring component and expanded partners to serve commercially sexually exploited boys and the LGBTQI community, October 2014.
  • Only Children’s Advocacy Center among 777 in United States to receive eight consecutive years of National Children’s Alliance grants for program improvement and expansion, 2014.
  • Authored and advocated for Florida’s Safe Harbor law which went into effect January 1, 2013 changing the way the State views and treats victims of child sex trafficking.
  • Awarded a 2013 program improvement grant from National Children’s Alliance for a statewide trauma education program in partnership with Florida International University, marking seven consecutive years of expansion and/or improvement funding from NCA for Kristi House, unmatched among the 750 child advocacy centers in the U.S.
  • September 2012 Kristi House awarded $1.6 million U.S. Department of Health and Human Services SAMHSA grant to enhance trauma-informed services and evidence-based treatment for children suffering sexual-related trauma in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.
  • On June 12, 2012, Florida Governor Rick Scott came to Kristi House for ceremonial signing into law the Florida Safe Harbor Act, which Kristi House, authored by Kristi House and advocated for three years.

    Miami-Dade Mayor Gimenez, Rep. Nunez, Senator Flores, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Kristi House President Nelson Diaz, Rep. Erik

  • In March 2012 Kristi House was successful in seeing the passage of the Florida Safe Harbor Act, landmark legislation which changes the way the State views and treats child victims of sex trafficking. <more>
  • In February 2012, Kristi House was awarded two major grants from National Children’s Alliance, securing the highest level of funding and marking six consecutive years of expansion and improvement funding from NCA.
  • In July 2011, Kristi House received one of 10 four-year grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Funding Partnerships program for $500,000 which has been matched 1:1 by local supporters for opening a shelter for commercially sexually exploited girls…the first of its kind in South Florida. <more>
  • In January 2011, Kristi House awarded the only Urban Initiative grant in the country by the National Children’s Alliance, a $100,000 award for a front-end clinical assessment pilot project to streamline intake and serve more children.
  • In January 2010, Kristi House was awarded two major grants from the National Children’s Alliance for enhancing its mental health program with a deep South Dade office and a dedicated Haitian therapist position.
  • Kristi House was awarded one of three $500,000 grants in the country by U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for Addressing the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, October 2009.
  • Kristi House received one of three Urban Initiative grants from National Children’s Alliance for its commercially sexually exploited children’s program, Jan. 2009
  • Kristi House received two other major grants from National Children’s Alliance for its Therapy program, Jan. 2009, making it the only agency nationally to receive all three categories of support, among some 600+ advocacy centers.
  • Kristi House chosen as one of 15 delegates from the United States to join nearly 3,000 people from five continents in Brazil for the World Congress III against the Sexual Exploitation of Children, November 2008.

Recent Honors:

  • Kristi House’s Development and Communications leadership chosen to participate in 12-month Robert Wood Johnson Foundation communications strategic planning training led by national non-profit experts.
  • In December 2012, Executive Director Trudy Novicki chosen to participate in the U.S. Human Trafficking Stakeholders meeting as part of the President’s Strategic Plan on Human Trafficking, which included 40 stakeholders from around the country meeting for a one-day summit at the White House along with representatives from multiple federal agencies.
  • Executive Director Trudy Novicki named Advocate of the Year from the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet in Tallahassee for our agency’s work on child sex trafficking, Sept. 2012.

    DCF Secretary Dave Wilkins, Trudy Novicki, Sandy Skelaney, Rep. Erik Fresen, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Secretary of Juvenile Justice Wansley Walters and Attorney General Pam Bondi.

  • 2012 and 2010 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week award presented to Sandy Skelaney by the Crime Victims Resource Network for her work at Kristi House on behalf of commercially sexually exploited girls.
  • Programs Director Ruthlyn Webster chosen as one of seven fellows for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evaluation Fellows Program for Retooling Professionals in partnership with the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning and Duquesne University, 2010
  • Women Who Make a Difference awarded to Trudy Novicki, Junior League of Miami, Feb. 2009
  • Trudy Novicki named by Miami Today “Best of Miami” Civic Leader, May 2008
  • Reflections in Excellence Award, Miami Today and Conrad Hotel, July 2007
  • NOVO Award for Non-Profit Innovation, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, March 2007
  • Kristi House awarded the Sapphire Award from The Blue Foundation for outstanding health services to underserved communities, Dec. 2006
  • Kristi House’s Executive Director received The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment Social Services Award for 2007.
  • Assistant Executive Director Dawn Thompson received The Rochelle Goodwin Memorial Award for outstanding contributions


  • National Children’s Alliance, fully accredited member since 2000
  • Council on Accreditation. since 2004

For more information, contact Natalie Brown, Director of Community Relations.