human trafficking conference Ensure Justice at Christian University Vanguard

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.
holiday gift

OCHTTF Holiday Gift Project 2014

The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force’s annual holiday gift program is underway, and they need your help!
Here is a story to highlight why our holiday program is such a special and important part of reaching out to victims every year:

“Sara”, a client, was a victim of trafficking and suffered much abuse. She had been repeatedly let down, time and again, and did not trust us because of how often others had previously failed her, including the systems that had tried to help her in the past. Sara had a hard time trusting her case manager and opening up to her, and was rarely able to even communicate her needs to us because of the walls she had put up to protect herself from further disappointment. Last year we asked her to give us a wish list of items that she and her daughter would like for the holidays. Her response to receiving the gifts was nothing short of a transformation. Sara was significantly impacted by the generosity of those who donated the items she requested, and she was moved because she was receiving a gift without the expectation of having to give anything in return. Sara’s whole demeanor changed after this and was able to open up to us about her story, needs, and develop a trusted relationship with her case manager. Sara wrote us a very touching thank you note, which is attached, sending both her and her daughter’s thanks. The drawing on the left is from her daughter. The thank you letter is a reminder that all of the collective help, work, and donations have made direct impacts on the lives on victims.

There are 2 ways you can help OCHTTF with the holiday season:
GIFT CARDS. $25 Target or Walmart gift card. The gift cards will allow clients to exercise the ability to freely shop for gifts for themselves and their family. Please mail or drop the gift cards off at CSP no later than December 12, 2014
Community Service Programs
1221 E. Dyer Rd. Ste. 120
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Attention: OCHTTF Holiday Project

WISH LISTS. We have about 40 clients and immediate family members who will be receiving gifts wrapped and delivered to their doorsteps this year. You can purchase selected gift items from the wish list or sponsor a client. Please do not buy gifts outside of the wish lists. If you or a group you know would like to help out this holiday season please contact our lead volunteer, Cheryl Pittluck, cpittluck@vcfanaheim.com for further instructions. Gifts will be wrapped and delivered the week of December 15th.

For questions or if you would like to donate this year, please contact Cheryl Pittluck at cpittluck@vcfanaheim.com

WRAP crop

WRAP Week Toolkit

WRAP crop

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!

DVAM Flyers

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

Prayer for Freedom event – January 10

Join the Global Center for Women and Justice in partnership with the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking for Pray for Freedom!

Pray for Freedom
Saturday, January 10

3:00 pm
Newport Mesa Church
Vanguard University Campus
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626 

 

 

Vanguard University will be hosting the live event that will be simulcast across the country at vanguard.edu/live! Click the image below to learn more, and

RSVP by joining the Facebook Event

rsz_vanguard_poster

 

More Priceless Than Diamonds Luncheon – PRESS RELEASE

Below is GCWJ’s press release for the More Priceless Than Diamonds Luncheon on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

More Priceless Than Diamonds Luncheon to Draw Hundreds in Promoting Justice for Women and Children in Orange County

Costa Mesa, CA, August 11, 2014 – Vanguard University’s esteemed Global Center for Women and Justice will host the annual More Priceless Than Diamonds luncheon at the Balboa Bay Club on September 13, 2014, where 300-400 are expected in attendance.

For eleven years, the Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) at Vanguard University has provided training and resources to enable leaders to promote justice for women and girls. The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, a faith based organization, seeks to create a just world where women and children are safe, respected and valued. The GCWJ carries out this mission through education, research, advocacy and collaboration, working with students, educators, law enforcement, healthcare, and community leaders, to end human trafficking and the cyber-exploitation of women and children in Orange County and worldwide.

The annual luncheon, doubling in size from last year’s event, will raise awareness on one of the growing crimes in southern California, human trafficking. Jody Hassett Sanchez, formerly of ABC News and CNN, now acclaimed news and documentary producer, will be the keynote speaker at the event. Ed Arnold, news anchor, KOCE-TV/PBS SoCal, will emcee the afternoon and hold an exclusive interview with Maria Hall Brown from PBS, alongside survivor advocate and author, Shyima Hall.

Co-chair for the luncheon, Mary Beth Molnar, explains, “California is one of the nation’s top four destinations for human trafficking. As a parent and grandmother I want my community to have their eyes opened to the fact that these children are within our own population. These victims are our responsibility because they are our own sons and daughters. By financially supporting the GCWJ we are doing something tangible to stop this terrible crime.”

The Global Center for Women and Justice will also announce the first-ever Diamond Award winner for individuals or organizations whose activities and commitment promote justice and dignity for women and children in Orange County. The selection process for the inaugural Diamond Award has been an extensive search and nomination process throughout June and July. A judges’ panel comprised of business and community leaders, philanthropists, and Vanguard University faculty has evaluated the top nominees, and will be honoring the award winner during the September 13 luncheon.

“Too many females around the world are treated like second class citizens and Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice is trying to change that. The center’s work to prevent child trafficking cyber-exploitation is a prime example,” said Arnold.

To attend the More Priceless Than Diamonds annual luncheon, visit vanguard.edu/gcwj/pricelessluncheon

To learn more about The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, visitgcwj.vanguard.edu

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications
55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

 

ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY

Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-focused leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 10 regional college in the west for 2014 and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

ABOUT THE GLOBAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND JUSTICE

The Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University is a faith-based organization that exists to advance the global status of women through research, education, advocacy, collaboration and hope. The Global Center for Women & Justice promotes gender reconciliation and the inherent dignity of all persons. For more, visit http://gcwj.vanguard.edu

###

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.

Thank you to The Rick Amato Show

I want to give a big shout out to The Rick Amato Show for inviting me to be a guest as they introduced the topic of human trafficking. The stories of children who have been trafficked for sexual exploitation are especially heart wrenching. It raises questions about who the victims are, who is selling them, and who is buying a child. Perhaps the most disturbing aspect is the fact that there is demand to purchase a young person, girls and some boys. The growing number of State and Federal laws that have been passed in the past few years is evidence that this is a bi-partisan issue.

We are a community that wants to do something to end human trafficking, whether it is sex trafficking or labor trafficking. Understanding what it is, recognizing the signs and learning how to report it is important knowledge and The Rick Amato Show gave us a megaphone to reach out to millions and give out the hotline number (888-3737-888) to report suspected human trafficking, as well as to direct parents to reliable resources to learn how to protect their children from predators online.  If you want more information about the complex issues that surround this issue, please go to our website and click on resources or check out our podcast, Ending Human Trafficking.

- Sandie Morgan, Global Center for Women and Justice Director

 

Like GCWJ on Facebook

Follow GCWJ on Twitter

Check out our toolkits: Human Trafficking 101 and Internet Safety

Live2Free at YOUR School!!

live2free_logo_large

 

 

 

 

 

Request Vanguard students to teach your local middle, high school or youth group about human trafficking.  Our students will share an interactive, youthful presentation about local and global modern day slavery. They use real life examples to teach about labor and sex trafficking based on force, fraud, and coercion so that your students will know the signs. Students will also learn age appropriate options to become part of ending human trafficking.

To schedule a team in Orange County during Spring Semester (January – May), please contact the Live2free School Representative: Lauren.grant@vanguard.edu or call 714.966.6360. 

Like Live2free on Facebook