Sandie Morgan, PhD, RN

Sandie Morgan, PhD, RN

Director

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 Ministry of Higher Education in Baghdad, Iraq to build capacity for women in Higher Education Leadership. She also continues to provide resources for community and law enforcement training on human trafficking and violence against women in northern Iraq. For five 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. She launched a 12 unit Anti Human Trafficking online Certificate program in 2016 to prepare professionals who are already on the frontline and prepare students with best practice principles and knowledge. She also serves on Foreign Affairs Chair Congressman Ed Royce’s Anti Human Trafficking Advisory Committee.

Nadia Hernandez, MA

Nadia Hernandez, MA

Coordinator

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.

Brittany Skiles, BA

Brittany Skiles, BA

Administrative Assistant

Brittany Skiles is the Administrative Assistant at The Global Center for Women and Justice.

Brittany grew up in Modesto, California and went to Modesto Junior College out of high school. She moved to Southern California to transfer to Vanguard University to complete her degree in Sociology. In her first semester of attending Vanguard, she declared a Women’s Studies Minor and started taking classes under Dr. Sandra Morgan, Director of the Global Center for Women and Justice. Her focus of interest in college were women in the workplace and human trafficking. As a student, Brittany joined the Live2free club which educates young people about human trafficking and how to take an active role as a consumer to minimize demand for slave labor. She led the club as Student President for one year and then continued to work as a student worker for GCWJ. Brittany earned her Bachelors from Vanguard University in December 2015, as a member of the National Sociological Honors Society, Alpha Kappa Delta. She began working as a temp for the Global Center in January 2016 and was hired full time as the Administrative Assistant in March 2016. Brittany is recently married and plans to continue living in Orange County to pursue a career in the anti-trafficking field.