Sandra Morgan is recognized globally for her expertise on combatting human trafficking and working to end violence against women. She began her anti-trafficking work in Athens, Greece where she served on the Board of the Athens International Nurses Association. She has also served as the Administrator of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) before returning full-time to Vanguard in order to extend global impact and build capacity for research, education and advocacy directly related to the exploitation of women and children. She partners with the University of Duhok, Iraq to build capacity for women’s equalityand provide resources for community and law enforcement training in the region. Findings from two GCWJ summits addressing Commercial Sexual Exploitation of minors have been presented to OC Grand Jury and the OC Juvenile Justice Commissioners as well as international conferences. Her expertise on community engagement draws together healthcare providers, juvenile justice practitioners, K-12 educators, business people, university leaders, FBO and CBO leaders, service organizations and law enforcement was recognized by HHS Rescue and Restore Campaign as a National WebEx Training presenter for “Community Engagement (2011). For three years she has produced the bimonthly “Ending Human Trafficking” podcast which was recognized by The National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth, Dept. of Health and Human Services as a great way to “get up to speed on human trafficking.” As Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ), she oversees the Women’s Studies Minor as well as teaching Family Violence and Human Trafficking. As a member of the Faith Alliance against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST) Steering Committee she serves as the University Network Chair as well as serving on Foreign Affairs Chair Congressman Ed Royce’s Anti Human Trafficking Advisory Committee.
Nadia Hernandez is the Coordinator for the Global Center for Women and Justice. Nadia grew up in Orange County but moved to San Diego where she received a BA in Political Science with an emphasis on International Politics, a BA in Chicana and Chicano Studies with a minor in Latin American Studies (Graduated with Distinction), and completed her MA in Applied Anthropology from San Diego State University. During her graduate studies, Nadia worked on a number of research and projects related to women and gender issues, particularly with indigenous women in southern Mexico. Her Master’s thesis was focused on understanding traditional birthing practices and the intersection of biomedicine among Mixtec women in Oaxaca. Nadia has a background working with non-profit organizations and program management. Prior to joining the GCWJ, Nadia worked with Families In Schools, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles that was created in 2000 with the mission to involve parents and communities in their children’s education to achieve lifelong success by increasing student outcomes. As part of her role, she helped manage the Families Improving Education Initiative (FIE) which sought to build the capacity of organizations engaging families in the Central Valley and Inland Empire— particularly those in low-income, ethnic, and immigrant communities— in educational policymaking. Nadia is excited to join the GCWJ teams as this provides her with the opportunity to use her expertise in the fields of research, collaboration, and education, and advocacy to support the Center. Most importantly, it will allow her the opportunity to make a difference in a number of communities, both locally and globally.