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117: The Essential Abolitionist – An Interview with John Vanek [PODCAST]

During this episode, Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak interview special guest John Vanek who is a speaker, consultant, and author, and a nationally recognized authority on human trafficking and the response to modern slavery. John managed the San Jose Police Department Human Trafficking Task Force from 2006-2011. 

John’s knowledge on the collaborative response to human trafficking and task force operations have been utilized by the United States Department of Justice, the Office of the United States Attorneys, California’s Office of the Attorney General, California POST, the California District Attorneys Association, the National Law Enforcement Training Network, the Not For Sale Campaign, Police One, the Freedom Network Training Institute, and other governmental and private organizations. 

 

John retired from the San Jose Police Department in the rank of lieutenant, holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Saint Mary’s College of California, and is the author of the forth-coming book, The Essential Abolitionist: What You Need to Know About Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery. (To be released in January 2016.) To learn more about anti-trafficking efforts, check out GCWJ’s Human Trafficking Professional Courses Online.

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116: A Marathon- Train, Sustain, Focus [PODCAST]

During this episode, Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak discuss details on the upcoming Ensure Justice Conference happening on March 4-5th. They also discuss with Sandra’s nephew, Bill Clements, on how to prepare for a marathon. In order to prepare for a marathon, you must set a goal in order to stay focus on what you hope to achieve. In planning a marathon, you must understand that rest days are just as important as training days. This relates to ending human trafficking because in order to do so, you must work as a community to reach your goal. Bill advises to watch out for one another to make sure you are getting enough rest. It is easy to get discouraged and burn out; you need each other if we are going to finish this.

Some tips on starting a marathon is to build your fitness up, and not always pressing to the ultimate capacity, especially not at the beginning. It requires focus to continue in a marathon and not create a budget that’s not sustainable. The ultimate goal of the Ensure Justice Conference is to reduce the vulnerability of the at risk population, to rescue victims, to free slaves, and to end the entire commerce of human trafficking. If we train, educate, and prepare people we will reach this goal. We can end human trafficking by keeping our focus on how important every single person is.

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115: National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month [PODCAST]

 

In this podcast Sandie and Dave discuss the difference between Prevention and Awareness and why it is important to include slavery in the discussion around National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month 2016.

In 2008 we started recognizing the Anti-Human Trafficking movement with a DAY – January 11 – as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  One day was not enough and it became a month. A few years ago we celebrated a milestone when the Presidential Proclamation shifted from awareness to PREVENTION.

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114: From Awareness to Engagement – The Role of Education [PODCAST]

During this episode, Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak discuss various educational opportunities offered through the Global Center for Women and Justice to study the issues, be a voice, and make a difference. GCWJ is excited that three of four online courses are completed: Human Trafficking , Human Trafficking Aftercare, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, and Human Trafficking Ethics. GCWJ offers four Human Trafficking Professional Courses designed to provide a comprehensive overview of anti-trafficking efforts. The courses are aligned with best practice models following the 4 P’s model of Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, and Partnership adopted by the US State Department’s Office to Combat and Monitor Trafficking in Persons.

The GCWJ will hosts it’s annual Ensure Justice Conference on March 4-5, 2016. The Conference theme is A Marathon to End Human Trafficking. National and community leaders, students, law enforcement, teachers, juvenile justice and child welfare professionals will purse a regimen to Train, Sustain, and Focus in developing skills and sustaining efforts to improve prevention, provide more aftercare resources and focus on local, national, and global opportunities to join the race! Students will engage with professionals that may open doors for internships or grow understanding for future professional goals as we integrate our faith to study the issues, be a voice, and make a difference to end modern day slavery.

 

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113: How can I open a home for victims of CSEC? [PODCAST]


During this episode, Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak interview Joyce Capelle who has been the Chief Executive Officer of Crittenton Services for Children and Families of Southern California since 1998. Prior to joining the agency in 1997, she worked as an administrator in public education and in hospital management for more than 35 years in the human services field. She earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a Public Policy focus from California State University, Long Beach and a Juris Doctorate degree from Pacific West College of Law. She has also served on a number of local, state and national committees on child and family welfare issues. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California Alliance for Child and Family Services and is Immediate Past Chair of the Fullerton Chamber of  Commerce.

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112: Juvenile Justice Inspiring Hope- An interview with the Hon. Maria Hernandez [PODCAST]

During this episode, Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak interview special guest Honorable Maria Hernandez who discusses the November 20, 2015 Juvenile Justice Summit: Inspiring Hope.  She explains the significance of the collaboration represented across judicial, educational, child welfare, and research sectors. The Hon. Hernandez was appointed Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court, Orange County on January 1, 2014. Prior to her appointment as Juvenile Court Presiding Judge she was responsible for both dependency and delinquency inventories, presided over Juvenile Drug Court, Dependency drug Court and the Boys Court program, and chaired the task force relating to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC). Judge Hernandez has been assigned to the Juvenile Justice Court since 2010 and prior to that assignment served at the West Justice Center. Currently, Judge Hernandez also serves as a member of Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye’s “Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court Initiative” Steering Committee, the Judicial Council of California’s “Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness,” and is a faculty member of the Judicial Council of California’s Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER). Judge Hernandez is an active member of numerous law and community related organizations. As the Presiding Judge of Juvenile Court, Judge Hernandez maintains a small inventory of cases while working with juvenile justice partners in the daily administration of juvenile court.

The podcast also discusses California Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye remarks as well as highlights of the research presented by Dr. Elizabeth Cauffman and Dr. Jodi Quas (University of California, Irvine). An overview of the cross sector panels demonstrated how important collaboration is to bridge the gaps in services to vulnerable youth. The “Meant to Make It” panel featured Department of Education, Health Care Agency, The District Attorney Gand Reduction Intervention Partnership and the Public Defender with an emphasis on early identification and intervention.

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111: Collaborating Against Human Trafficking [PODCAST]

During this episode, Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak interview special guest Kirsten Foot. Kirsten Foot serves on the Board on Editorial Board on Human Trafficking and acts as Professor of Communication at the University of Washington. On this episode, Kirsten discusses aspects of her new book Collaborating Against Human Trafficking: Cross-Sector Challenges and Practices .

Foot realized in the early 2000s the lack of collaboration among task forces and related groups fighting against human trafficking. In researching this topic further, Foot looked into the daily operations of task forces, talked to many leaders of task forces, and attended hundreds of meetings. Essentially all groups stated a desire for collaboration and alliances. Yet Foot was able to discover that such collaboration was not taking place. Instead, what was taking place was the creation of new task forces left and right. Groups were not working together. Instead they were acting too independently and believed they themselves could do a better job at bringing people together than others. With this knowledge that groups were not collaborating with each other to combat the perils of human trafficking, Foot went about tackling the question, why is collaboration so tough? How can the act of collaboration be made more practical to leaders? How can the message be conveyed that collaboration allows for better understanding of the issues at hand? All this and more on today’s podcast.

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110: Just Choices- Is it Too Complicated? [PODCAST]

In this episode of the Ending Human Trafficking podcast, GCWJ Director Sandra Morgan and Board Member Dave Stachowiak discuss our responsibility as consumers to make just-oriented choices with our purchasing power. Making just choices is a practical way to take a stand individually and collectively against forced labor and child labor. The simple starting point is to stop and think about the items we are buying, and not just be swayed by the “best deal”. We can unknowingly be perpetuating the demand for child or forced labor when we are only considering price and not the ethical reliability of the company’s supply chain.

Sandra shares a few resources we can use from the Bureau of International Labor Affairs researched based reports that help us know how to decipher what products are slave free and which are not. Tune in to this episode to become educated on the resources available to help guide you to make responsible choices as a consumer.  YOU can be a part of changing the quality of life for another human being with your just choices.

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109: Prevention – Saving up for a Rainy Day [PODCAST]

During this episode, Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak discuss the two divisions of developmental assets which are internal and external assets. External assets focus on positive experiences from the people and experiences in a young person’s life such as family support, adult relationships, caring neighborhoods, and family involvement in schooling. Internal assets focus on individual qualities that guide positive choices and develop a sense of confidence, passion, and purpose. Internal assets come with time and internal assets give children motivation to achieve, have a positive approach to school and homework. External assets must support internal achievement.  Sandra states that we have the power to help a child develop internal assets by encouraging them by spending time with them.  We can be strategic at an earlier point in someone’s story so they will never become a statistic. Instead, look at shifting from fixing problems to promoting strengths. Sandra and Dave encourage listeners to become a part of a developmental external asset for a child, which is the key to prevention. You can be involved in the community around the child, involved in how children use their time, and empowering efforts. You have the ability to change a child’s life by just being involved and encouraging them. A good place to start is with your local schools; find out what their strategies are. Secondly, we can’t prevent all adversity in the lives of children that are in our care, thus it is imperative to understand how to protect children from the worst ravages of adversity and how to promote positive development when rearing conditions are not optimal. Remember to study the issues, be a voice, and make a difference.

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108: Survivor Voices – Code Red Films [PODCAST]

During this episode, Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak welcome Grant Knisely, the director and producer for the film Untouchable: Children of God. The film is based in Nepal and focuses on the lives of young girls who were past victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Grant explains how he began working with human trafficking victims four years ago where he learned about the dark “culture” of human trafficking and exploitation. His passion to work with victims and fight for social justice issues compelled him to direct and create films to raise awareness on this serious issue and change the way the media looks at real world situations. He then created Code Red Films to highlight the stories of victims as to way to join the effort against social injustices.

The film, Untouchable: Children of God, focuses directly on the girls who are being trafficked from Nepal to India. This film gave an opportunity for these young girls to tell their stories and empower survivors to keep going.  In this film, they highlight the causes and realize the root of the issue behind modern day slavery in Nepal.  This podcast educates listeners about the root causes of human trafficking and what we can do to make a difference to abolish slavery and human trafficking in our generation. In order to make a difference, we must understand that education is the cornerstone for change. Once we gain knowledge on this issue, then we can start working to bring change and end human trafficking.

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