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Be An Advocate! Act Now to Protect Anti-Trafficking Funding.

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  Every year the Presidential administration and the Congress must come to an agreement on the federal budget.  This year the President has proposed a 30% cut to the small, but critical foreign affairs budget.  This funding is essential to many of the programs and projects around the globe that address human trafficking and tackle its root causes through prevention.
The U.S. foreign assistance budget reaches millions around the world, and programs are largely implemented through trusted charitable organizations, like World Vision, with expertise on the ground to ensure the investment isn’t wasted or affected by corruption. While our investment in foreign assistance is less than 1% of our federal budget,  the dollars spent in developing counties literally are the difference between life and death.
Please click on the link below, provided by our partner World Vision, and take 3 minutes to call or write your senators and congressional representative to let them know you want to see full funding of the foreign affairs budget. The link provides all the info you need to know, from a suggested call script to guide you, to the number for your specific congressperson ( it looks it up for you!)

http://www.worldvisionadvocacy.org/project/support-u-s-foreign-assistance/ 

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April 2017, GCWJ hosted guest missionary, Amy Farley at Vanguard University to speak to the students about her personal experience of sexual assault. Many students were impacted by her authentic transparency while talking about a very difficult and yet persistent issue in our world. If you would like to listen to her story, it is on our GCWJ Facebook page as a Livestream.

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 “I have LOVED being at Vanguard. Speaking at Excavate, Chapel, and being part of the Courageous Conversations Panel. What an incredible university with some incredible leadership. Love the heart of this University.”

Check out these other resources as we continue to spread awareness about Sexual Assault.

Sexual Assault Awareness month: things to do every month
What If Bears Killed One In Five People?
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Be an advocate! Act now to protect anti-trafficking funding.

world-vision

Every year the Presidential administration and the Congress must come to an agreement on the federal budget.  This year the President has proposed a 30% cut to the small, but critical foreign affairs budget.  This funding is essential to many of the programs and projects around the globe that address human trafficking and tackle its root causes through prevention.

The U.S. foreign assistance budget reaches millions around the world, and programs are largely implemented through trusted charitable organizations, like World Vision, with expertise on the ground to ensure the investment isn’t wasted or affected by corruption. While our investment in foreign assistance is less than 1% of our federal budget,  the dollars spent in developing countries literally are the difference between life and death.

Please see the link below, provided by our partner World Vision, and take 3 minutes to call or write your senators and congressional representative to let them know you want to see full funding of the foreign affairs budget. The link provides all the info you need to know, from a suggested call script to guide you, to the number for your specific congressperson ( it looks it up for you!)

http://www.worldvisionadvocacy.org/project/support-u-s-foreign-assistance/

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Keeping Up with Sandie Morgan: Spring 2017

GCWJ Global Outreach January-March 2017

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In February 2017, Dr. Morgan served as a Subject Matter Expert for the cosponsored Sins Before Our Eyes Forum on Human Trafficking cosponsored by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, His All Holiness Bartholomew, and the Church of England Primate, the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby.  Due to security reasons the event was not publicized until afterwards when the cosigned agreement was released. https://www.patriarchate.org/-/modern-slavery-a-joint-declaration Attendees included Metropolitans from other regions, including South America and Europe, two members of the World Council of Churches, a representative from the Vatican, and many other dignitaries.  Along with many other promising outcomes, Dr. Morgan met and will partner with the Athens Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative when the cocurricular WMST420 Country Study class is in Greece in June.

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In March 2017, Dr. Morgan served the World Assemblies of God Fellowship (WAGF) on a study group commissioned to offer a recommendation to the WAGF Executive Committee. The study group met in Madrid, Spain. The recommendation to establish a Commission on Sexual Exploitation, Slavery, and Trafficking was voted on during the WAGF Executive Committee meeting on March 30-31 in Singapore, and was approved.  The members of the study group were all asked to serve on the first commission.  Their first official meeting will be in Anaheim, California on August 11, 2017.  WAGF represents Assemblies of God adherents in 150 countries.

GCWJ at Kenosha, Wisconsin

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In March 17, Ruthi Hanchett, GCWJ Board Member, represented the Center and Vanguard University at the Journey Hope Forum. This is the fourth year we have partnered with Journey Church, the largest Assembly of God church in the region. This purpose of this event is to educate the community about the reality of human trafficking in Southeastern Wisconsin. This is an interactive discussion designed to challenge our community to stand together against the injustice of modern-day slavery, and to continue bringing awareness to the battle against human trafficking locally, nationally, and internationally. The event was attended by 100 church members, 200 nursing students, and 300 community members. Ruthi was also interviewed by a local radio station in southeastern Wisconsin.

April is Sexual Assault Month
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In April, the Global Center for Women and Justice in collaboration with Spiritual Formation, Diversity and Inclusion, and Global Education & Outreach will be hosting Amy Farley , Assemblies of God World Missionary to Vietnam, as a guest speaker for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

  • Excavate on Monday, April 3rd, 8-9pm
  • MAIN CHAPEL on Tuesday, April 4th, 9:30-10:20am
  • Tuesday from 12-1pm and 6:30-7:30pm, Courageous Conversation at The Cove

 

Human Trafficking Country Study: Athens Greece acropolis-athens

In June, Sandie is taking a team of 12 students to Athens Greece for the annual Country Study Abroad Trip. This course will focus on contemporary human trafficking and slavery, including sex trafficking, bonded labor, forced labor, refugee recruitment, and domestic servant slavery in Greece with a particular focus on identifying best practice models of Prevention. This course will examine the scope and complexity of human trafficking specific to the country of Greece’s laws, culture, faith, economy, and especially the current Syrian refugee crisis. It will also include University student outreach teams based on the VU Live2free model designed to do outreach in the refugee camps. Because of the base work established by Dr. Morgan and Live2Free student leaders, the Greece team is poised to dig deeper into the issue of human trafficking and collaborate with Greek youth initiatives partnering with Assemblies of God World Missions Europe Compassion director, Raegan Gluglosh.

SAVE THE DATE: Priceless Luncheon


The Priceless committee will be working through the summer planning this year’s Luncheon on September 16, 2017 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. This year’s keynote speaker is John Cotton Richmond who also was the keynote speaker at Ensure Justice. For more information on the luncheon and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.Priceless2017.com

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January Events for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month!

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Dont forget to check out our TOP 10 ENDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING PODCAST!

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
RSVP HERE!

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
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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

SAVE THE DATE: ENSURE JUSTICE CONFERENCE MARCH 3-4 2017!

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.

 

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

 

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Student Post: 4 reasons students should join Ensure Justice 2015

Janell Koide is a senior Psychology major at Vanguard University. She became a Women’s Studies Minor when she joined the 2014 Summer Study Abroad course in Medellin, Colombia, and interns in the GCWJ offices.

Human trafficking can go by many names and include many faces. The Federal Strategic Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking defines human trafficking as “a crime that involves the exploitation or a person for the purpose of compelled labor or a commercial sex act,” or modern day slavery.

As a student, the thought of this injustice angers me, and its growing prevalence in the United States brings heaviness to my heart. The International Labour Organization states that it is difficult to accurately measure the magnitude of human trafficking worldwide, but the minimum begins at 20 million. That’s 20 million fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, daughters, and sons “victimized by forced labor and sex trafficking worldwide,” and the United States is not exempt (Federal Strategic Action Plan).

So what do we as students do upon hearing this tragic news? We can learn more about the issue. We must educate ourselves so that we may be able to effectively offer our services to help cure this disease at its core, rather than hastily provide short-term band-aid solutions. Removing the victim is only a step in the process. Aiding the survivor in their recovery and introduction to a life free of exploitation is just as important. It is a complex, multifaceted issue that may overwhelm you with wonders of “What can I do?”

This year, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice welcomes experts on the issue for the 2015 Ensure Justice Conference on March 6-7. The theme of the conference this year is Coordination, Collaboration, Capacity, and Compassion: What’s your role in the plan?, based on the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States. The purpose of the Plan is to provide government and community agencies with tangible steps to provide services to victims of human trafficking in the United States, which “includes steps to create a victim services network that is comprehensive, trauma-informed, and responsive to the needs of all victims” (Federal Strategic Action Plan).

So, why should students join Ensure Justice this year?

  1. Meet and Network with leaders and members of organizations combatting human trafficking – Ensure Justice provides students one-on-one opportunities to connect with leaders fighting this issue locally, nationally, and globally.
  2. Fulfill the requirement for Women’s Studies Minor – The Women’s Studies minor at Vanguard offers us as students a chance to learn from professionals in the community – professionals who will be our supervisors, mentors, and colleagues when we leave VU.
  3. Get a unit – Register for the 1 unit course! One weekend commitment with some pre- and post-conference reading and assignments.
  4. Find YOUR place in the fight to end human trafficking – This conference gives us a chance to see what is going on in the community, and where our skills and passions can be used. What does it mean to counsel victims or work in law enforcement? What do human trafficking ministries look like? The conference offers the chance to discover what the right place is for each of us.

WRAP Week Toolkit

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October 26 – November 2 is White Ribbon Against Pornography Week.

WRAP Week is intended to educate the public about the extent of our society’s pornography problem. WRAP also creates a unique opportunity to raise the issue of pornography within the Church and to call Christians to renewed lives of sexual purity and freedom.

 

Here are a few tools to help you learn more:

#1 – Listen to Podcast 67: White Ribbon Against Pornography Week

#2 – Listen to Podcast 38: Prevention Strategies Focused on Needs in order to understand the power and control dynamics associated with pimp culture

#3 – Share this WRAP Week Flyer with people in your network!

 

What other resources do you think are helpful when discussing the harms of pornography? Share with us in the comments below!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2014

 

 

 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Continuing the legacy of our friend Dr. Elizabeth Leonard, join the Global Center for Women and Justice and Residence Life to discuss and seek to end domestic violence.

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Monday, October 6

10:00 a.m.  |  Heath 109

Rhonda Sciortino

Too Broken to Be Fixed?

Chapel Credit offered

 

Monday, October 20

10:00 a.m.  |  Heath 109

Rev. Al Miles

Dating Violence

Chapel Credit offered

 

Monday, October 20

9:00 p.m.  |  Location TBD

How to Date Like a Boss – a conversation with Al Miles

Special event for Huntington Hall men

Questions? Contact Josh Houston – joshua.houston@vanguard.edu

 

Tuesday, October 21

9:30 a.m.  |  NMC

Rev. Al Miles

Vanguard Chapel

Chapel Credit offered

 

October 27 – 31

White Ribbon Against Pornography Week

 

All events are free to attend. Questions? Contact us: gcwj@vanguard.edu or x6360