January Events for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month!


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

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


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




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.

DVAM Flyers

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

Ensure Justice: Building Multi-Disciplinary Teams

Multi-Disciplinary Track aims to support children at high-risk of exploitation.

Stemming from our special Frontline Summit event in November 2013, we are offering a special pre-conference track for our friends from the Frontline Summit and their colleagues working in education, law enforcement, probation, social work, and other professional fields as they work to support children at high-risk of exploitation.

This special track will be offered Friday March 7, 2014 from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. It is open to all professionals focused on working with children at high-risk of exploitation and the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

This event is FREE, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided.


Multi-Disciplinary Track, Ensure Justice Conference
Friday March 7
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Vanguard University
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Event will be held in Newport Mesa Church


To Register: http://www.vanguard.edu/gcwj/2014-ensure-justice-conference/conference-registration/

  • On the registration page, please choose under “Rates” the option: Building Multi-Disciplinary Teams, $0 


Multi-Disciplinary Track Overview

Session 1 – Building Multi-Disciplinary Teams – Breaking Down Silos

How do we build the best multi-disciplinary teams in order to prevent and intervene for high-risk children? Based on the findings from the Frontline Summit, this session features a panel of experts who work on multi-disciplinary teams. They will share about their experiences, best practices, and steps to take in order to build the best collaborative teams for your area.


Session 2 – Trauma-informed Care

What is trauma-informed care and why is it important for all disciplines to understand the effects of trauma on CSEC victims? The panel will discuss the cross-discipline impact for those serving high-risk youth.


Session 3 – Coordinating a Victim-Center Response

Based on the Federal Strategic Action Plan, a panel of experts will discuss what it means to align efforts, improve understanding, and expand access to services in order to improve outcomes for survivors and high-risk children.

GCWJ Finalist for COAST Community Award

sandie Coast Community AwardsThe Global Center for Women and Justice was a finalist in the Education category for COAST Magazine’s Coast Community Awards!

On Monday, February 3, Director Sandra Morgan attended the award ceremony at AnQi Bistro at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA. One of four finalists, GCWJ sat along side The Dodge School of Film & Media Arts at Chapman University, The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UCI, and Soka University Performing Arts Center at Soka University of America. Other award categories included Business, City Projects, Environment, and Nonprofit. Vanguard University President Mike Beals, his wife Faith, and Vice President of University Advancement Kelly Kanniwischer joined Sandie at the awards ceremony.


For more details about the event, check out this article from the Orange County Register.

Alumni Stories: A New Lens

Alumni Story: Tina

To celebrate our 10th Anniversary, we will share monthly Alumni Stories – insight from Alumni Women’s Studies minors, Live2Free club members, and GCWJ interns over the last 10 years. 

I eventually interned in the Center during my senior year and can not count the ways that experience has influenced me and where I’ve been since graduation. Through my time with the Center in undergrad and working there after, I developed a new lens to see the world through. One with God’s eyes for His children, where He’s larger than the labels the world puts on us and He deeply loves everyone of His children; male and female, He loves us all! The spiritual aspects of the program in pair with a seeking of justice is truly what I think God is calling us to when He calls us to rebuild and restore our cities.What really set apart my time at Vanguard was the growing opportunities, mentorship, and spiritual transformation I experienced because of the Global Center for Women & Justice and the Women’s Studies minor. After my first sociology class, I just knew I had to be a Women’s Studies minor! The passion and excitement for the content we learned in and outside of the classroom was contagious, and it ignited a desire in me that I did not know I had – to seek justice.

From the first Women’s Studies conference I attended, God started working on my heart to humbly seek Him and discover it means to seek justice and love mercy. So nearly ten years since that conference, I thank God for the Center and the untold number of lives it’s changed. I can’t wait to see how God continues to grow and bless the Center.


Tina Kroona
B.A. 2008
Women’s Studies Minor
Former GCWJ Intern & staff

Alumni Stories: Scholarly Journey

To celebrate our 10th Anniversary, we will share monthly Alumni Stories – insight from Alumni Women’s Studies minors, Live2Free club members, and GCWJ interns over the last 10 years.


I was a student at Vanguard from 1995-1999.  While the Women’s Studies program was still a dream during those years, I was privileged to be a part of the discourse that would lead to the development of the program and a pilot student in several classes that would be considered for the minor.  We also hosted the first International Women’s Human Rights Conference in the Spring of 1999.  It was here where I first was exposed to information on the Taliban and all of the horrific ways women were being treated by this radical group.  I remember thinking…why aren’t we doing something about this?  Who knew just a handful of years later 9/11 would be the catalyst for taking them out and opening doors for women (to an extent).
I also was able to serve as a student host to a visiting professor from Columbia University who as a muslim woman helped educate me in ways no classroom had ever done.

I also think of professors like Elizabeth Leonard, Kelly Walter Carney, Sheri Benvenuti, Nancy Heidebrecht, and Mary Wilson who played such an influential role in my upbringing as a woman who was confident to call herself a feminist and know what that meant. Across the spectrum of my education, it was their example not only to me, but across the campus that made all of the difference in how women and women’s issues were perceived.  It is one thing to be taught.  It is another thing to see it lived out.  We saw.

My dissertation and the scholarly journey I am on are all linked back to VUSC and the people who influenced my time there.  The development of the women’s studies program and now what it has become is more than I could have imagined.  I hope to see other AG colleges follow suit.  I am so grateful that I was able to play a role in this moment.  I may not officially possess the minor, but I know that Women in the Bible, Women in Ministry, Sociology of Women, Women’s US History, Early Women Writers, and so many more influenced my life and are still paying dividends.

I celebrate with you, from afar.  I am so proud of Vanguard and the vision to inspire men and women on these important topics.  Many blessings and well wishes for 10s of more years to come!  Happy Birthday, GCWJ!


– Joy E.A. Qualls, Ph.D.
B.A. 1999
Assistant Professor of Communication & Rhetoric
Department of Communication
Evangel University