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Sharon Slater is the president of Family Watch International (FamilyWatch.org), a nonprofit organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. She also chairs the UN Family Rights Caucus (UNFamilyRightsCaucus.org) and is a consultant to multiple UN Member States, including African and OIC countries on human sexuality and family policy issues.
Sharon writes a regular column for “The Family Watch,” an online publication read in over 170 countries, and she has authored numerous policy briefs on family issues. She also chairs the Global Family Policy Forum for UN ambassadors and delegates held annually.
Sharon is the author of the highly acclaimed book, “Stand for the Family: A Call to Responsible Citizens Everywhere” (StandfortheFamily.org). Filled with social science-based talking points and research on many sensitive topics including on human sexuality, “Stand for the Family” has been used by pro-family and pro-life advocates around the world to successfully defend marriage, family, and life in public policies.
Sharon is a world-renowned speaker having presented at many international government events and World Congress of Family conferences around the world.
Sharon is the director of multiple widely acclaimed documentaries including:
Sharon founded and chairs the “Families for Orphans” project (See FamiliesforOrphans.org) and is an advocate for international and domestic adoption.
In 2007, Sharon was selected by American Mothers, Inc. as the Arizona Mother of the Year. She her husband Greg are the parents of seven children, including three siblings from Mozambique orphaned by HIV/AIDS whom they adopted, and they have five grandchildren.
Laura Cunliffe was recently instated as Family Watch International’s Executive Director and Vice President of Policy. Before joining Family Watch, Laura served as Chief of Staff of the US Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Before her appointment in Geneva, Laura worked at the White House Office of Management and Budget and as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. In these roles, she advanced many of President Trump’s key priorities on education, child welfare, and empowering mothers and fathers to provide for themselves and their families.
Annie Franklin is a member of the Executive Board and Director of International Activities for Family Watch International. As such, she is the diplomatic liaison for Family Watch and also is a co-founder and the spokesperson for the UN Family Rights Caucus (see at UNFRC.org).
A native of Belgium, who now lives in Arizona, Annie speaks fluent French. She has been involved in the pro-life and pro-family cause for more than 20 years, representing represented Family Watch at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the Commission for Social Development, the Commission for Population and Development, as well as the Human Rights Council in Geneva. She also organizes groups of volunteers to lobby at the major UN commissions and develops training material for this advocacy work. And, she facilitates the participation of a large group of UN Ambassadors, Diplomats and Government officials at the Family Watch International Global Family Policy Forums each year.
She has been married to her husband John for 55 years. They have two children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.