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.
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.