Sandra Morgan is Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ), overseeing the Women’s Studies Minor as well as teaching Family Violence and Human Trafficking. Sandra serves as the University Network Chairperson on the Faith Alliance against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST) Steering Committee. 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 the GCWJ’s work globally.
She recently completed a British Council grant project partnering with the University of Duhok, Iraq to build capacity for women’s studies which has resulted in opportunities to provide community and law enforcement training on Human Trafficking on every inhabited continent. The Global Center for Women and Justice partners with the OCHTTF to provide human trafficking training for community professionals including healthcare providers, law enforcement, teachers, and social workers, the OC Grand Jury and the OC Juvenile Justice Commissioners.
The GCWJ hosts an annual Ensure Justice Conference (Proverbs 31:8). We are called to be a voice for the voiceless and ensure justice for those being crushed. GCWJ supports students and the community with research and education to prepare them for advocacy and action, including the VU Live2free student mobilization teams, which have reached thousands of teens and been nationally recognized. The GCWJ “Ending Human Trafficking” podcast extends the opportunity to equip a wide audience around the globe reaching more than seventy countries—from Australia to Zambia.
Alexis Miller is the Coordinator for the Global Center for Women and Justice, and as a Vanguard Alum, Alexis is passionate about enabling organizations working with women and children to engage their communities and reach those most in need of justice and hope. Alexis holds a Master’s Degree from The University of Chicago in Social Science, where she combined her studies in urban sociology and non-profit to examine building city-level systems for after-school education programming. Prior to joining GCWJ, Alexis worked as the Grant Coordinator at For Kids Only, a family grant foundation focused on funding organizations working with disadvantaged children in the United States. In 2012, Alexis was chosen as an Education Pioneers Graduate Fellow in Los Angeles, where she engaged in leadership development and completed a high-impact database management project with Communities for Teaching Excellence, a k-12 education reform non-profit. Alexis is excited about the work GCWJ engages in, because it provides opportunities for individuals to gain knowledge and use that knowledge to make a difference in their communities, both locally and globally.