The prestigious Bridge of Light award was presented to Diana Camacho for her extraordinary efforts in stopping domestic violence.
The annual award is awarded to an individual who has promoted the movement to end domestic violence in the Commonwealth. Honorees nominated for the award must have been committed to enhancing the safety of victims and show continues advocacy to stopping domestic violence.
During the proclamation signing of Domestic Violence Awareness Month last Tuesday, the Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence awarded Camacho, executive director of the Ayuda Network, the Bridge of Light award. Camacho is the fifth recipient of the award.
Camacho is dedicated and takes pride in keeping the community informed and aware of domestic violence
The coalition said Camacho has aided many victims of domestic violence through outreach programs and has educated non-victims about the epidemic.
Camacho is also consistent with her participation in all events that bring awareness on domestic violence.
According to Camacho, to be recognized by the NMCADSV means a great deal to her as an advocate against domestic and sexual violence.
For the past 13 years at the Ayuda Network, Camacho said she was able to provide advocacy support to programs that cater the needs of the community. “ I have worked toward the eradication of family violence and restoration of dignity for all especially the victims,” she said.
Camacho said that all the efforts she, along with the Ayuda Network, has made would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the help and acceptance of the community. “We are one,” said Camacho.
The Ayuda Network holds a walk for awareness of domestic violence every Wednesday. The entire community is welcome to join.