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Amanda and Gina receive the 2014 Hope Award in Washington, DC

Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus
Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus
Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus receive 2014 Hope Award in Washington, DC Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus receive 2014 Hope Award in Washington, DC

19 Action News Anchor and Reporter Lydia Esparra is in Washington D.C. for tonight's event that will honor Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus.

On the one year anniversary of their escape from kidnapper Ariel Castro's Seymour Avenue home in Cleveland, Berry and DeJesus are being recognized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Both women will receive the HOPE award, which recognizes the courage of survivors and the contributions of individuals in the fight to protect children from victimization.

This is the 12th year the awards have been presented by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

A third woman, Michelle Knight who has since changed her name to Lillian Rose Lee, also escaped from Castro's home last May. Knight was the first of his victims and was kidnapped in 2002. 

Other honorees Include:

Daniel M. Snyder and Tanya Snyder

Owner of the Washington Redskins, Daniel M. Snyder and his wife, Tanya, are recognized as some of the Washington area's most prominent community leaders and philanthropists. They have been long-time supporters of NCMEC, providing the funds to build the Daniel M. Snyder and Family Communications Center, NCMEC's 24/7 call center. 

David Goldman and Sean Goldman

Sean Goldman's 2004 abduction to Brazil by his mother gained national attention during his father David's fight to bring him home. The five-year battle involved courts in the U.S. and Brazil, President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. After years of separation, Sean was returned to his father in 2009. David continues to be an advocate for victims of international child abduction.  

Meredith Vieira

Vieira is a 14-time Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist and television host and moderator. She has worked extensively to bring needed attention to cases of missing and exploited children, including her coverage of David Goldman's fight to bring his son Sean home from Brazil. Currently, Vieira serves as a special correspondent for NBC News programming, including "Today" and the "NBC Nightly News," and serves as producer and correspondent for "Meredith Vieira Specials," a series of hour-long prime-time shows. She will host her new nationally syndicated daytime show, "The Meredith Vieira Show," starting in September. 

Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly

Kelly is a 43-year veteran of the New York Police Department and the first person to hold the position of police commissioner of the City of New York for two separate periods of time. He has been a vital supporter of NCMEC, earning the reputation as a "hands-on" leader in cases of critically missing children. 

Temar Boggs and Chris Garcia

Fifteen-year-old Boggs and 13-year-old Garcia gained national attention on July 11, 2013, for their role in the recovery of an abducted 5-year-old girl in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, neighborhood. The boys spotted the abductor's vehicle in their neighborhood and began chasing it on their bikes. The spooked driver tossed the girl out of the van and sped away. Boggs and Garcia were able to deliver her to nearby law enforcement. The boys' actions brought the girl home safely and helped lead to the arrest of the suspect.  The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children.

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