January Events for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month!


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January 8th: Freedom Sunday at Westminster Christian Assembly. For the 2017 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Dr Sandie Morgan will speak on Joy & Justice: Rescue and the Path to Freedom. 10:30am this Sunday. Address: 14642 Bushard St. Westminster CA.

January 11th: Join Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign for National Wear Blue Day
This January, as part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we encourage you to join us for National Wear Blue Day. On January 11 – which is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day – wear blue clothing and post a photo of yourself to Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #WearBlueDay. Encourage your colleagues, friends, and family to participate too! National #WearBlueDay encourages greater public awareness about human trafficking and will generate additional conversation about this heinous crime.

January 21: Abolitionists Conference at Aldersgate United Methodist Church
1201 Irvine Blvd, Tustin, CA 92780

January 24-26thHidden in the Crowd A Human Trafficking Symposium

January 26th: Night of Hope by Live2free. 8:30pm in the Cove at Vanguard University
Vanguard’s anti-human trafficking student mobilization club puts on an event for their college peers to learn and internalize the serious of human trafficking. Open to the public. 8pm at Vanguard University.

January 28th: Pray for Freedom at Vanguard University
3-5pm “Prayer is not a substitute for work, thinking, watching, suffering, or giving; prayer is a support for all other efforts.” -George Buttrick
Tune in to livestream the event!

January 29th: Justice Matters Conference at Calvary Chapel Murrieta
7:30 AM | 9:30 AM | 11:30 AM   Exploring The Risk Factors That Lead to Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

February 2nd: Global Center for Women and Justice Open House! If you ever wanted to see our center and what we are all about at Vanguard University, stop by at 2-4pm!
55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Scott Building #226



Pray for Freedom: Challenging Slavery 2017



Pray for Freedom in Partnership with FAAST INTERNATIONAL
3-5pm PST Saturday, January 28th at Vanguard University/Newport Mesa Church

3:00pm-4:30pm: Prayers
Our communities will gather to pray for freedom for victims of labor and sex trafficking. Partner organizations and community leaders will open the prayer with a worldwide prayer for wisdom, resources, and divine intervention to free captives.

We will pray for the unique issues of widows, single mothers, refugees, foster kids, immigrants and vulnerable communities because of poverty, gender, conflict, and violence. We will also pray for wisdom to make a difference for community leaders that represent government, ethnic minorities, and churches.

Our final focus will reflect on prayers for change in our own hearts and communities that will reduce demand driven by greed, pornography, and violence.

4:30pm-5:00pm: Call to Action
The final call to action will focus a call to action to help us recognize victims, understand how we can serve, and engage the local church community in everyday responses that make a difference.



Women’s History Month – March 23rd

Join us on March 23 to celebrate Women’s History Month as we listen to the story of Cydelia “Cindy” Miranda, a Latina’s woman’s courage and compassion to make a difference in her community. While she was at USC, she worked at the Joint Educational Project, a service-learning program, in which she negotiated with professors for class involvement and recruited fellow students to volunteer as tutors and mentors to underprivileged elementary students. She also offered support to women and children at an abuse shelter in South Central Los Angeles, CA. This began her experience working with and in a community of the marginalized. Cydelia is the founder of She Celebrations, an English women’s ministry for the Southern Pacific District Region 6, which develops and equips women to be ’21st century women, living a Proverbs 31 life’.  


Monday, March 23
4:00 pm- 6:00pm
Needham Chapel
Vanguard University
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Reception to follow in Needham Courtyard.


Directions and Map

RSVP: Email to gcwj@vanguard.edu by March 16




April OC Women Veterans Network Meeting



Monthly Network Meeting

Our April Network meeting will be Wednesday April 24 from 5:30 – 7:00pm at Vanguard University. We will be having dinner together, so meet us in front of VU’s Cafe! We will
grab our meals and head into a meeting space to network and discuss the latest news and upcoming events.

RSVP to gcwj@vanguard.edu by April 23, and dinner is on us!

We’re looking for new connections with women who have served in the military — share this invite with your colleagues and friends!

Vanguard University Campus Map – The Cafe is building 8

Nigerian Women Against Violence – International Conference

Nigerian Women Against Violence (NWAV)

International Conference on Human Trafficking and Violence

Nigerian Women Against Violence
Nigerian Women Against Violence International Conference hosted by Global Center for Women Justice will be held 
May 22 -24 2013 at

55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Registration for this special event is $50.00 (does not include any meals)
Click Here to Register



The vision is to work together for a society without domestic violence, human trafficking, and violence against women through collaborative efforts that create long-term solutions moving the African nation to a peaceful, nonviolent society.


The conference brings together women from Nigeria and Kenya to the first international conference. With the increased violence, insecurity of armed conflict and human trafficking, there is no better time than now for women who are most vulnerable in violent situations, to join hands and play an active role in peace making, peace keeping and peace building.  The conference will brainstorm with policy makers and stake-holders in order to coming up with strategies to ensure lasting peace and stability in violence-prone societies.

Speakers Include: 


Sandie Morgan is Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, as well as professor of Women’s Studies, Family Violence, and Human Trafficking. Sandie is also director of a number of projects, granted by organizations such as the Salvation Army and the Assemblies of God General Council U.S. Missions office. She recently completed a grant for the British Council, which addressed violence against women in Northern Iraq through a partnership to integrate women’s studies at Duhok University. Before becoming full-time at Vanguard, she served as Administrator of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force in the battle against the modern slave trade. As a Registered Nurse, Sandie served on the Board of the International Nurses Association in Athens, Greece where she lived for ten years. It was there that she discovered human trafficking while doing a story for Lydia Living magazine and working on reducing violence against women. Sandie continues to serve as Founder/Director of the Lydia Today Foundation, and Live2Free, a youth mobilization initiative against slavery. Sandie guest lectures in universities, community groups, and churches, and is presently pursuing a PhD in Intercultural Studies at Biola University. Her “Ending Human Trafficking” podcasts, which she records biweekly and are posted in iTunes, have a wide audience around the globe—from the Philippines to Brazil to Peru to Zambia. Sandie has been interviewed by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, LA Times, the OC METRO Business Magazine, the OC Register, KOCE – Real Orange, Today’s Christian Woman, and other media.


DR. (AMB) KAKA AHMED EL-YAKUB, (Ya Sudani) and (Mama Health)

An Astute Health Management & Health Research Consultant,  Respected Nurse/Midwife Tutor and Health Administrator

Dr. Kaka Ahmed EL-Yakub started her education in the early sixties at Yerwa Central Primary School, Maiduguri, and since then has been to one class room or the other in her quest for education and ways of helping others. She is a Registered Nurse (RN), Registered Midwife (RM), and Registered Midwife Tutor (RMT).She is  also a holder of Diploma in Health and Social Services Administration (DHA), Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration(BSc) with specialization in health Administration, Masters in Health Planning and Management (MHPM) and Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology and Social Policy and Anthropology in Health Studies with specialization in Medical Sociology and  traditional health practices .  Currently, she is the BOT Chair person of an NGO: Research into Culture and Reproductive Health for Sustainable Human Development (RECARDEV).And also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Part- Time Lecturer in the Departments of Political Science & Administration and Nursing Sciences all of University of Maiduguri. She is as well a Regional Consultant and gives consultancy services on health and health related issues  She got retired from the Borno State Civil Service as a Permanent Secretary in 2011 and served in various capacities before her retirement. She was the  Permanent Secretary Political and Cabinet Affairs, Governor’s Office from 2010- 2011, Permanent Secretary Poverty Alleviation and Youth Empowerment from 2008-20010, Secretary Management and Welfare Services in the Office of the Head of Service from 2007- 2008, Secretary Health from 2006-2007, Director Planning Research and Statistics from 1996 -2005. She was the Director Social Welfare and Rehabilitation in the Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Development , Borno State from 1995 1996. She taught in the School of Midwifery, Maiduguri from 1985 -1995 and also had a clinical experience of working in the Eye Hospital from 1983 – 1984 as well worked in the Borno State Specialist Hospital from 1980 1983. Dr.(Mrs) Kaka EL-Yakub( Yasudani of Borno) is a member of several National and International bodies among which is the British Sociological Association, U.K.


Interested in Attending? Leave us a comment, and we will provide you with more information!
Open to all who would like to come learn more about the issues facing African women.


Hope International University Chapel event

Sandie Morgan will be speaking at Hope International University’s chapel on Thursday April 4 from 9:30-10:30 am, as a part of their Center for Public Leadership – focused on engaging students in political, societal, and justice issues.

When: Thursday April 4, 9:30-10:30 am
Where: Pacific Auditorium, 2500 E. Nutwood Ave, Fullerton, CA 92831


Anuradha Bhosale – April 15

Anuradha Bhosale April 15


Join us for a special event featuring Anuradha Bhosale, a renowned grassroots women’s rights and anti-child labor activist based in the Kolhapur district, Maharashtra, India where more than 35,000 children are involved in daily labor for local industries. A former child-laborer herself at the age of six, she has spent the past 20 years fighting for the prevention of child exploitation, labor, trafficking, and female infanticide.

Anuradha will be sharing about her work with the mothers of child-slaves. Through literacy education for the mothers, she has discovered ways to keep children off the streets. This special event is open to everyone, and will be hosted on the Vanguard University campus in the Heath Building, Room 100 at 7:30pm.

Freedom and Fashion Collaborative Conference

On March 23, 2013, over 500 people, 100+ partners and sponsors, and 30+ renown speakers will gather in Los Angeles to experience the first social enterprise conference of its kind in Los Angeles that will unite, equip, and transform leaders to create and share innovative solutions to end our world’s pressing social issues. Join GCWJ and Vanguard Alumni-founded social enterprise Krochet Kids International at the Freedom and Fashion Collaborative Conference.

And just for our friends – a special promo code for registration: cc13social ($20 off for social enterprises/non-profits)

Women Veterans Across the Decades

Join us March 25 at 4pm for Women Veterans Across the Decades: A Women’s History Month Event at Vanguard University.

The Global Center for Women and Justice is celebrating the contributions of Women Veterans from World War II to our present-day soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. We will honor women veterans and hear Dr. Mary Wickman, retired U.S. Navy Captain, share about the experiences of women serving in the military. Join the Orange County Women Veterans Network for this special event!

Please RSVP to alexis.miller@vanguard.edu by March 20

Special thanks to the Employees Community Fund of the Boeing Company for making this event possible!

GCWJ Women Veterans Event