Ignite Award

In 2019, the Conference on Crimes Against Women created the IGNITE award to highlight and honor various courageous efforts that are sparking awareness and action across the country, bringing injustice out of the darkness and lighting the fire of change not only in the recipients’ local communities, but across the nation.

2022 Recipient – Tracy Matheson

The Conference on Crimes Against Women was proud to present the 2022 IGNITE Award to Tracy Matheson: mother, legislative champion, and founder of Project Beloved. After her daughter, Molly Jane, was raped and murdered in 2017, Tracy made it her life’s work to create change for victims of sexual assault.

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Pictured from top left: Bridgette Stumpf of NVRDC, Lisa Jaworsky, Officer Amy K. Cummins. Pictured from bottom left: Matthew Minick, Carla Maley, Shantel Standefer

2021 Recipients

At the 14th Annual Virtual Conference on Crimes Against Women, we selected the Minnesota Star Tribune’s Denied Justice team to receive the inaugural Conference on Crimes Against Women’s IGNITE Award.

It is difficult to know the countless hours of investigation, fact checking, writing, and production that went into the exhaustive exposé that is Denied Justice. We applaud the Star Tribune’s commitment of time, space and resources. And, we are honored to have the opportunity to recognize Brandon Stahl, MaryJo Webster, Reneé Jones Schneider, and Jennifer Bjorhus for holding our systems accountable to ensure survivors of sexual assault receive the justice they deserve.

Watch the 2021 IGNITE video

Pictured from left: Renee Jones Schneider, MaryJo Webster, Brandon Stahl, Jennifer Bjorhus

2020 Recipient

At the 16th Annual Virtual Conference on Crimes Against Women, we selected several individuals who made innovative and state-of-the-art changes in their communities to receive the Conference on Crimes Against Women’s IGNITE Award.

As COVID-19 ravaged through the United States and the world, thousands of advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, medical personnel, and others stepped up to ensure survivors still received justice. The IGNITE winners are: The Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC), Lisa Jaworsky, Officer Amy K. Cummins, Matthew Minick, Carla Maley, and Shantel Standefer. Thanks to incredible individuals like these, survivors were able to receive care during an especially tumultuous time in our world.