From the Editor: Jan/Feb 2013

from-the-editorEvery December, we reflect on the passing of another year—pay tribute to those we’ve lost, celebrate great moments and give a sigh of relief that we passed through hardships.

In 2012, RochesterWomen embraced challenges and triumphs, including new staff members and three Excellence Awards from Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association. Please join me in congratulating my colleagues who received much deserved praise from MMPA in November:


  • Food Editor Margo Stich and Photographer Dawn Sanborn, silver award in the How-to Article category for “How to California Sushi Roll,” March/April 2012
  • Writer Amy Brase, silver award in the Profile Article category for the feature “Tiffany Hunsley: On the Road to Recovery,” September/October 2011
  • Former Editor Ellington Miller Starks bronze award in the Editor’s Letter to the Readers category for her editor’s letter, September/October 2011

Now, we look to the clean slate of January and set our sights on new celebrations and tasks.

Our cover story, “Above and Beyond,” starts us off by applauding the winners of the 2013 Extraordinary RochesterWomen Award. All of the winners are dedicated individuals who go the extra mile to care for the welfare of strangers, the education of area children and the growth of their communities. Read their inspirational stories starting on page 15.

In the March/April 2010 issue, RW did a profile on human trafficking in Rochester. This topic has not gone away. That is why RW and its staff are proud to help sponsor a series of community-wide awareness events hosted by the Sisters of Saint Francis of Assisi, January 10-12. These events will bring together legislators, county attorneys, law enforcement and medical and victim service professionals from all over the city and county to discuss, with the public, human trafficking in Rochester. For details, dates and times, see

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In December 2011, President Obama made this proclamation to call attention to modern-day slavery which forces women and children disproportionately into forced labor, child pornography and prostitution. Minnesota is in the top 13 States for children being recruited into the sex trade. Child pornography is bought and sold in Rochester, and girls as young as 12–14 are at risk for prostitution since it is the average age of entry to this form of human trafficking.

We hope you will come out and learn more about human trafficking prevention. In the meantime, enjoy this issue!

All the best,