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Ignacio Arsuaga and Janice Shaw Crouse Receive 2012 WCF Natural Family Man And Woman of The Year Awards
Contact: Don Feder, 508-405-1337, dfeder@rcn.com

ROCKFORD, Ill., Jan. 28, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- World Congress of Families is delighted to announce that Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse and Ignacio Arsuaga are the winners of its first Natural Family Man and Woman of the Year Awards. Starting in 2012, these prizes will be presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to promoting a greater understanding of the centrality of the "natural family" to a prosperous, stable, and free society and civilization. Click here for a definition of the "natural family."

In December, Nominations were made by the Congresses' 37 partners representing pro-family organizations and leaders in more than 80 countries. Nominees included leaders, activists, scholars, authors, parliamentarians, lawyers and researchers on four continents. The selection was made by a panel of 22 distinguished pro-family leaders.

Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, the think tank of Concerned Women for America. She is a recognized authority on sex trafficking, the United Nations, U.S. domestic issues and international cultural, children's and women's concerns. She twice served President George W. Bush as an official delegate to the United Nations (in 2002 and 2003). She has also served on five national task forces focusing on sexual trafficking, the abuse of women, childhood obesity, human rights and religious freedom. She is the author of many books, including "Marriage Matters: Perspectives on the Priority and Public Importance of Marriage" (2012) and is a popular speaker in the United States and internationally. Click here for Dr. Crouse's bio.

Ignacio Arsuaga is the founder and president of the Spanish pro-family/pro-life group HazteOir.org (Make Yourself Heard), local organizing Committee for World Congress of Families VI, May 25-27 2012. He's also a lawyer and member of the Madrid Bar Association. HazteOir has 145,000 members. In 2009, Ignacio helped to organize two massive pro-life marches that drew as many as two million to the streets of Madrid to protest the expansion of legalized abortion. World Congress of Families VI was attended by more than 3,200 delegates from 72 nations. Click here for a Leadership Profile of Ignacio Arsuaga in the November 2009 World Congress of Families News (page 5). Read more about Ignacio at his blog site in Spanish at www.arsuaga.net or in English here.

World Congress of Families Managing Director Larry Jacobs commented: "All of the exceptional individuals who were nominated for our first annual Natural Family Man and Woman of the Year Awards are well-deserving of the honor. Doubtless, many will be in the running for the 2013 awards." Jacobs continued, "We are especially pleased that the first recipients of the awards are Janice and Ignacio. Over the years, their contributions to the natural family cause can only be described as heroic, sacrificial, and inspiring."

The awards will be officially presented at World Congress of Families VII in Sydney, Australia, May 15-18, 2013. Go to www.worldcongress.com.au for a list of speakers and program schedule.

Join us for World Congress of Families VIII: "Happy Families, Healthy Economy: A New Vision for National Prosperity and Social Progress:" which will bring together thousands of global leaders, scholars and activists in Sydney, Australia, May 15-18, 2013 to encourage and defend the natural family. To register for WCF VII, click here or visit www.worldcongress.com.au.

For more information about World Congress of Families, visit www.worldcongress.org. To arrange an interview with Larry Jacobs, contact Don Feder at 508-405-1337 or dfeder@rcn.com.

The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society (www.profam.org) is located in Rockford, Illinois and is an independent, non-profit research and education center that provides sound scholarship and effective strategies to affirm and defend the natural family, thus renewing a stable and free society. The Howard Center is the publisher of the journal, "The Family In America" and is also the organizer of the World Congress of Families (WCF) project which is an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, leaders and inter-faith people of goodwill from more than 80 countries that seek to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the 'seedbed' of civil society (as found in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948). The WCF was founded in 1997 by Dr. Allan Carlson, President of The Howard Center. To date, there have been five World Congresses of Families – Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004), Warsaw, Poland (2007) and Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2009). World Congress of Families VI was held in Madrid, Spain in May 25-27, 2012. World Congress of Families VII will be held in Sydney, Australia, May 15-18, 2013, www.wcfsydney2013.org.au.