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128: Mapping Argentina – An Interview with Father Sergio Augusto Navarro

In this episode, Director Sandra Morgan and GCWJ Board member Dave Stachowiak interview Father Sergio Augusto Navarro, while Sandie was with him in Argentina. Gilbert Contreras was the translator. Father Navarro’s research is mainly focused on human trafficking and how people of faith respond to these issues. They discuss the differences between trafficking and smuggling by separating the terminologies. Father Navarro also discusses how labor is more common in Argentina but it has become a part of normalized culture. Father Navarro shares ways to help prevent human trafficking by bringing awareness that we should not be a slave to anyone, and our faith helps us to believe that and helps other believe that as well. He desires to educate people to know that all people have rights and should demand that the justice system functions accordingly. If we believe that we are children of God, made in the image of God, then no one has the right to put power over anyone else or have the right to make someone a slave.

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Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate Program

Global Center for Women and Justice

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127: Prepare to Join the Battle

In this episode, Director Sandra Morgan and GCWJ Board member Dave Stachowiak address some general questions about human trafficking and specific events that the Global Center for Women and Justice host throughout the year. We always like to answer the questions of our listeners in a way that will benefit others who may have the same questions. We hope you enjoy this variety of conversation, learning from the expertise of Dr. Morgan.

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Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate Program

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126: Meet the Professor: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

In this episode, Director Sandra Morgan and GCWJ Board member Dave Stachoviak continue in the “Meet the Professor” series. In this interview Dr. Morgan recounts an experience she had as a Pediatric Nurse when she met her first sex trafficking victim who was a 14 year old boy. Through her encounter with the victim, she purposed in her heart to create an end to human trafficking.

She shares the importance of a multidisciplinary approach, and all professionals incorporating trauma- informed practice. The Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate Program will be a tool that will assist in this effort to inform people from various backgrounds and levels of expertise- to help be a part of the solution to the cycle of violence and poverty which fuels the human trafficking industry.

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125: Meet the Professor, Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate

In this episode, Director Sandra Morgan and GCWJ Board member Dave Stachoviak introduce Katie Linn, who has joined Vanguard University as an Adjunct Professor after relocating to Southern California with her husband. She is the co-founder and consulting director of Exploit No More, a faith-based anti-trafficking organization in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Exploit No More aims to help trafficked women transition out of being victims and mobilizing them to become survivors that flourish in addition to training community leaders on trafficking prevention.

In the new Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate Program, Katie will be leading students in this online experience. It will be an introductory course that will be looking at trafficking person’s reports, different countries’ approach to trafficking prevention, as well as reading 3 different text- one of which will include the Hands That Heal curriculum. This program is one that allows individuals to learn at their own pace and interact with students all over the world.

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Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate Program

Hands That Heal Curriculum

Exploit No More

Global Center for Women and Justice

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124: Prevention- Trauma Informed and Transformational Schools

During this episode, Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak talk about how education contributes to life success, and how it can be used as a prevention tool in schools where children are dealing with different types of trauma. The idea that trauma only happens occasionally is overturned by current research brief: Unlocking the Door to Learning. Children who deal with trauma are living in a constant state of emergency with the way their body systems are functioning. How does this child function in a school setting? Their experiences in school will shape their future adult success and that is why trauma informed classrooms are so important. This research brief shows us recommended approaches for how to change the way we work with children in the classroom setting.

Resources:

Unlocking the Door to Learning- Education Law Center 2015 Brief

Helping Traumatized Children Learn: Supportive School Environments for Children Traumatized by Family Violence

Suggested Textbook Reading

Children’s Exposure to Violence: A Comprehensive National Survey

 

Global Center for Women and Justice

Toxic stress response in Children

Creating Trauma-Informed Systems

 

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123: Prosecutor’s Perspective, Interview with Brad Schoenleben

During this episode, Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak interview Deputy District Attorney Bradley Schoenleben is with the HEAT Unit of the OC District Attorney’s Office. A component of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force is the OC District Attorney’s Human Exploitation And Trafficking (HEAT) Unit, which targets perpetrators who sexually exploit and traffic women and underage youth for financial gain, including pimps, panderers, and human traffickers.

Bradley explains how he got into this job of “putting the bad guys away” and explains how the prosecution process has changed with more understanding of the subculture of the pimps and human traffickers, as well as the victims. This unit was created in April 2014 to focus on prosecuting the human traffickers, and “rape of prostitute” cases. The victims involved in these cases are unique in their character traits and it is vital to learn how to communicate with them in order to effectively process a case. Brad highlights that the pop culture’s depiction of pimps is largely different than what is being dealt with today. We often have misguided views of what these terms mean and what these people may look like in our everyday surroundings.

A key to helping these victims is consistency and allowing the victims to have space without force to get the help they need. The unit has found that it is better to take a victims centered approach which allows them to make their own decision to leave “the life” rather than barging in and telling the victims what to do. Controlling them with power and authority is another form of exploitation on these victims. Brad shares how it is difficult to keep doing what he is doing while knowing that there will be so many victims that he never gets to help, but he finds hope and reassurance that for the ones he DOES help, it changes their lives and really does make a difference in stopping this ongoing cycle of human trafficking.

Resources:

OCDA OFFICE

May 4, 2016 HEAT Unit Case

OCDA Most Wanted

OCDA Sex Purchasers

 

Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate

Dr. Sandra Morgan’s new blog

Global Center for Women and Justice

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122: Pornography – A Public Health Crisis (Part 2)

During this episode, Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak talk about the issue that pornography plays in public health and how to combat it, using the predict and protect model. The issue is brought up of how pornography affects young people’s view of self and sexuality, as well as suggestions on what parents can do to aid in the child’s protection from being exposed to inappropriate content online. Sandra supplies a number a great tools for parents to utilize to monitor and protect their children. NetSmart, Pure Hope, NetNanny, and Covenant Eyes are just some of the tools mentioned as avenues for parents to explore as services to utilize. Sandra and Dave also discuss other alternatives for parents to use as well. The episode also addresses the addictive side of pornography and the progression of the brain from viewing to acting out in domestic violence and sexual abuse.

 

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Religious Alliance

The National Council of Catholic Women

Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate

Parenting in a Sexualized Culture Webinar Registration

Dr. Sandra Morgan’s new blog

Global Center for Women and Justice

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121: Pornography – A Public Health Crisis (Part 1)

During this episode, Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak discus pornography and how it is related to trafficking. The pornography industry has claimed that it is a victimless pursuit. Dr. Gail Dines states that over 36% of the internet is pornography and there are 40 million regular consumers in the US alone. Porn sites get more visitors than the combined clicks on Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter. The most disturbing report of pornography is the focus on children and how early children are exposed to pornography. The media feeds kids the message that sex is casual, even in PG Rated films and television shows. Porn addiction is a slippery slope to abuse and sexual exploitation. We need to understand why it drives demand and why the public looks at porn as a first amendment freedom of speech issue rather than a health issue. Pornography is biologically addictive and it is said that porn watching may lead to shrinking of the brain, this can happen when addictions for pornography begin when the watcher is still an adolescent. Pornography websites obtain over 21 billion of visits and 2 ½ million visits per hour. We need to reframe it as not just a moral issue but a health issue. Knowing this, parents need to be more aware of what their children are accessing on the internet and discuss this issue with both their sons and daughters so they can be aware that it is something that should not be normalized.

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Porn is a Public Health Issue

Porn Statistics and Website Resources

Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate

Parenting in a Sexualized Culture Webinar Registration

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120: Hotels and Human Trafficking

During this episode 120, Hotels and Human Trafficking, Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak discuss how the hotel industry can be involved in human trafficking and what the hotel industry can do to make better changes.  Sandra Morgan looks at the risks of sexual exploitation of sex trafficking happening in a hotel where the owners of the hotel have no idea what’s going on. Sandra talks about a program called ECPAT where hotels can sign up to learn how to create a plan to stop sexual exploitation in their own hotels. This starting point helps hotels decide what their strategy will be to help find a solution in ending child sex trafficking. ECPAT also gives suggestions for hotels to create their own policies and procedures. In order to end child sexual exploitation, we must recognize the value of every child and educate staff to understand the control mechanisms that the pimps use, and to not blame the victim. Hotels are uniquely positioned to also educate travelers; they can provide information on children’s rights and the prevention of sexual exploitation of children. Hotels can also teach travelers on how to report suspected cases. A community can also develop an engagement strategy and make it a goal to get every hotel in your city to sign on to some form of hotel initiatives to work on this mission to end human trafficking. The first step of interacting with hotels is to connect hotels with law enforcement to develop a working protocol, and then create training that is mutually respectful and engaging so you can teach how to identify signs of sexual exploitation.  First study the ECPAT Code and then find out what is happening in your own community.

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ECPAT CODE  The Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct is the only voluntary set of business principles travel and tour companies can implement to prevent child sex tourism and trafficking of children. The Code is a joint venture between the tourism private sector and ECPAT.

OCHTTF/ROYCE/CSUF Seminar Nov 2015   Oree and  Deputy District Attorney Bradley Schoenleben

PROMISE – TSA Frank Massolini Chicago: Hotel And Law Enforcement Training initiative

PROMISE has launched ( HALT), the Hotel And Law Enforcement Training initiative, (through the Elgin Illinois Convention Bureau) This initiative provides hotel operators with training on how to identify human trafficking, establish local protocols for reporting the incidents to local police, assists in making law enforcement aware of the commercial implications in making arrests in hotels and creates a network between local hotels to exchange information on traffickers moving victims from hotel to hotel.

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119: Ensure Justice: Vulnerable Children

During this episode, Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak speak with Deputy Chief Derek Marsh about the importance of not just studying how we can rescue victims but also how we can prevent children from becoming victims. In 2004 Derek Marsh helped start the Orange County human trafficking taskforce. He explains that victims usually become victims because of environmental factors. At our 2016 Ensure Justice conference, Derek spoke about how people also become victims due to lack of resources and quality of education. Because of the lack of access, those who live in poverty become more vulnerable to people who can exploit them. Many people in poor communities are just trying to survive because of conflict and there not being enough infrastructure to support them.  Children become vulnerable because of migration. About 1.4 million children are those of undocumented immigrants and 2 out of 10 of these children are in greater risk because of poverty.  Because of their immigration status, pimps are likely to manipulate young women and children. They take advantage of their vulnerability and also threaten to report them to authorities. Our goal is to stop this from happening before they have been victimized and exploited. If we’re going to approach this issue proactively, we have to identify the vulnerable people and create programs that are collaborative. We need to create programs across the nation that help identify the boys and girls at risk and provide them with resources so they can provide for themselves and to prevent their future children from continuing this cycle.

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Derek Marsh Bio

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