The beautiful Santa Ana Country Club combined with the mellow sounds of the Vanguard Jazz Ensemble was a perfect setting for the Inaugural Global Center for Women and Justice Gala. Attendees included people like Symphony 100 President, Darellyn Melilli, OC Human Trafficking Task Force Chair, Lt. Derek Marsh, Justine Amodeo, Editor in chief of Coast Magazine, and Retired Judge Sam Smith who came together because of a common heart for justice. Justice for children was the theme of Keynote speaker, Rhonda Sciortino who asked attendees to support the important mission of research and education in addressing injustice for children. Director, Sandie Morgan, stirred hearts with reports on her recent trip to Iraq on behalf of women and her commitment to educating our communities to prevent sexual exploitation in our own backyard and globally.
The Gala was followed by a 2 day conference demonstrating the Center’s mission to Ensure Justice: Standing Together to End the Exploitation of Girls. Judges, Prosecutors, teachers, nurses, survivors, community members, and students studied the issues in order to be a voice and make a difference!!
Save the date for next year, the 10th anniversary of the Global Center for Women and Justice, March 7-8, 2013.