Dr. Sandra Morgan – Director, Global Center for Women and Justice Sandra Morgan is recognized globally for her expertise on combatting human trafficking and working to end violence against women. She began her anti-trafficking work in Athens, Greece where she served on the Board of the Athens International Nurses Association. She has also served as the Administrator of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) before returning full-time to Vanguard in order to extend global impact and build capacity for research, education and advocacy directly related to the exploitation of women and children. She partners with the University of Duhok, Iraq to build capacity for women’s equality and provide resources for community and law enforcement training in the region. Through her commitment, Dr. Morgan’s findings from two GCWJ summits addressing Commercial Sexual Exploitation of minors have been presented to OC Grand Jury and the OC Juvenile Justice Commissioners as well as international conferences. Her expertise on community engagement draws together healthcare providers, juvenile justice practitioners, K-12 educators, business people, university leaders, FBO and CBO leaders, service organizations and law enforcement was recognized by HHS Rescue and Restore Campaign as a National WebEx Training presenter for “Community Engagement (2011). For five years she has produced the bimonthly “Ending Human Trafficking” podcast which was recognized by The National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth, Dept. of Health and Human Services as a great way to “get up to speed on human trafficking.” As Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ), she oversees the Women’s Studies Minor as well as teaching Family Violence and Human Trafficking. As a member of the Faith Alliance against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST) Steering Committee she serves as the University Network Chair as well as serving on Foreign Affairs Chair Congressman Ed Royce’s Anti Human Trafficking Advisory Committee.
John Cotton Richmond John Richmond is a founding director of the Human Trafficking Institute, that exists to decimate modern slavery at its source by empowering police and prosecutors to stop traffickers. Working inside criminal justice systems, the Institute provides the embedded experts, world-class training, investigative resources, and evidence-based research necessary to free victims. For over a decade John was a federal prosecutor serving as the Special Litigation Counsel with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He investigated and prosecuted numerous victim-centered labor and sex trafficking cases throughout the United States. John also prosecuted cross burnings, police misconduct, and neo-Nazi hate crimes cases. John’s work to combat human trafficking has earned numerous honors, including: being named one of the “Prosecutors of the Year” by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, receiving the David Allred Award for Exceptional Contributions to Civil Rights, twice earning the Department of Homeland Security’s Outstanding Investigative Accomplishments in a Human Trafficking Award, winning the Distinguished Law Enforcement Teamwork Award from the Federal Executive Board, receiving Shared Hope International’s Pathbreaker Award for Innovations in Combating Human Trafficking, as well as twice receiving the Department of Justice’s Special Commendation Award. John frequently serves as an expert on human trafficking, for the United Nation’s Working Group on Trafficking in Persons and at the European Union’s multilateral meetings on human trafficking. He has trained judges, prosecutors, federal agents, law enforcement officers, non-governmental organizations, and international delegations on human trafficking investigative and proprietorial strategies. John has taught Human Trafficking Law, Policy, and Litigation at Vanderbilt School of Law and he is a regular contributor to the Storyline blog. Prior to forming the Human Trafficking Institute and joining the Department of Justice, John worked on human trafficking crimes as the Director of the International Justice Mission’s slavery work in India.
Honorable Maria D. Hernandez – Presiding Juvenile Justice, Orange County Judge Maria D. Hernandez graduated with her undergraduate degree from UC Irvine in 1986 and law degree from Western State University – Fullerton in 1991. She worked as a senior deputy defender for the County of Orange as a trial lawyer until she was appointed to the bench as a Commissioner in 2006. She was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger as a judge in 2009. Judge Hernandez was assigned to the criminal courts until her assignment in the juvenile court five years ago. She has been responsible for both dependencey and delinquency inventories, has presided over Juvenile Drug Court, Dependency Drug Court, and the Boys Court program. She chairs the task force relating to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC). She was appointed Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court on January 1, 2014, and currently enjoys maintaining a small inventory of cases while working with juvenile justice partners in the daily administration of the court.
Jeff Hittenberger Jeff Hittenberger holds a PhD in educational policy, planning, and administration from the University of Southern California. Hittenberger held positions as the assistant provost for planning and accreditation, director of the graduate program in education and professor of education at Vanguard. He also served as director of graduate studies at Evangel University. He previously served as coordinator/administrator of curriculum and instruction for the Monterey County Office of Education, was a co-founder of the Global Business Academy in the Santa Ana Unified School District, and has served with USAID-funded projects in Cameroon and Mali. Hittenberger grew up in Haiti, the son of Assemblies of God missionaries, and is fluent in French and Haitian Creole. He spent a year at l’Universite Mohamed V in Rabat, Morocco, as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, worked on research projects in South Africa, Israel, and Haiti, and is deeply committed to academic excellence in Christian higher education.
Dr. Laura Lederer – President, Global Centurion Laura J. Lederer founded and directed The Protection Project at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997. From 2001 to 2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons to Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Paula J. Dobriansky, and then Senior Director of Global Projects in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State. In 2008, Laura founded Global Centurion, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating modern slavery by focusing on the demand side of the problem – the perpetrators, exploiters, buyers, and end-users of human beings, seeking to prevent modern slavery at its source. Under her leadership, GC has: (1) Developed significant demand-focused research and programs; (2) Provided cutting-edge education, awareness and advocacy training to communities, civic leaders, NGOs, law enforcement and at-risk populations; and, (3) Established leading partnerships and collaborative networks to respond to modern slavery. From 2001 – 2009, she was the Executive Director of the Senior Policy Operating Group on Trafficking in Persons, a high level interagency policy group that staffed the President’s cabinet-level Inter-agency Task Force on Trafficking in Persons. She received her B.A. magna cum laude in comparative religions from the University of Michigan. After 10 years in philanthropy as director of community and social concerns at a private foundation, she continued her education at the University of San Francisco Law School and DePaul College of Law and received her juris doctorate in June 1994.
Frank Massonlini- Director of The Salvation Army PROMISE Program Frank has served as a full time volunteer for The Salvation Army for the past 17 years. He was instrumental in collaborating with The Salvation Army National Headquarters in D.C, which led to securing a $1 M grant from the Department of Justice. The grant was used to create a comprehensive anti-human trafficking/CSEC (commercial sexual exploitation of children) curriculum which has been used to train over 20,000 law enforcement, mental health, medical and social service provides in five major cities across the US. He created and chairs a 33 member organization PROMISE task force dedicated to combating the sexual exploitation of our children through implementing four major initiatives: Increasing the public’s awareness through training law enforcement, mental health, medical and social service professionals, preventing CSEC from occurring by training middle and high school students through the use of a human trafficking prevention curriculum, TraffickED, working with law enforcement and hotel operators to identify CSEC by launching HALT (Hotel & Law enforcement anti-trafficking training) and opening a long term trauma based residential home for victims of commercial sexual exploitation, Anne’s House. He also directs and chairs the efforts of Human Trafficking Freedom Coalition Task Force located in Elgin, Illinois and is currently in the process of launching a third anti-human trafficking task force in Libertyville, Illinois. All three initiatives follow the PROMISE task force model. He is a VP and a member of the board of directors for Porchlight Counseling Services located in Evanston, Illinois, which provides free therapy for college students recovering from sexual assault that occurs on our college campuses.
Dr. Anne Light, Medical Director, the Orange County Social Services Agency Dr. Anne Light is a pediatrician specializing in childhood trauma. She earned her MD from Harvard Medical School (2005) and completed residency training in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital (2008) with a focus in trauma and emergency care. Until 2015 she worked as pediatric provider within the Massachusetts General/Partners system and led several multidisciplinary collaborations to improve patient care and trauma outcomes. In addition, from 2008-2011 Dr. Light served as the Executive Director of a nonprofit to optimize early learning in children aged zero to three. In 2015 she joined the Orange County Social Services Agency, where she serves as the Medical Director and is working to create interdisciplinary programs to support children and families. She is currently leading and developing the WE CAN Coalition: Working to End Child Abuse and Neglect.
Ken Morris, Jr., Founder & President, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. is descended from two of the most important names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington. Today, Ken’s career and life path are driven by a mission to end human trafficking and all forms of servitude with a clear focus on the restoration of the dignity and well-being of its victims. He could not have predicted that one day he would so fully embrace and be defined by the characteristics that so closely defined his famous ancestors. Ken is the President of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI), a public charity that endeavors to create a modern Abolitionist Movement in schools all over the country through the vehicle of Service-Learning curricula called History, Human Rights and the Power of One. Some of the work done by Ken and the foundation include: reaching approximately 60,000 middle and high school students through the Frederick Douglass Dialogues Tour; appearing on television, radio and in newspaper articles (including CNN, Newsweek Video, PBS, the BBC, the Tavis Smiley Show, the Washington Post and USA Today). Ken has lectured about his family history at universities all over the county and is featured in the 2011 National Geographic documentary Civil Warriors which commemorates the 150 year anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Ken received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of La Verne January 2012. In June 2012, he received the National Park Services Network To Freedom Underground Railroad Frederick Douglass Legacy Award. In January 2014, Ken was awarded the Women’s E-News 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism. He is the first male recipient to be honored with this prestigious award.
Derek Marsh, BJA, Visiting Fellow for Human Trafficking Deputy Chief Derek Marsh retired from the Westminster PD, CA, after more than 26 years of service. In 2004, D.C. Marsh helped start the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF). He served as the co-chair of the OCHTTF from 2004-12, during which time he developed and taught courses in human trafficking across the state of California, provided oversight to human trafficking investigations, assisted in creating HT DVDs, wrote multiple grants, and provided Congressional testimony twice as an HT expert witness. He has presented anti-HT trainings across California and the United States, Saipan, Italy and Argentina. He taught HT as an undergraduate course at Vanguard University, CA, from 2009 to the present. He has an MA in Human Behavior, an MPA in Police Management & Leadership, and graduated from FBINA Class #224.
Currently, D.C. Marsh (ret.) is the BJA Visiting Fellow in Human Trafficking. He is researching how human trafficking task forces identify, investigate and prosecute labor trafficking cases throughout the United States through on-site visits and review of historical task force and federal performance documents. He is helping to develop & provide training and technical assistance through the BJA TTAC and OVC TTAC agencies. The overall goal of his fellowship is to identify labor trafficking promising practices in victim/case identification, investigations and prosecutions.
Deborah S. Augustine- National Program Manager, Victim Witness Assistance Program, Drug Enforcement Administration. Deborah Augustine is the National Program Manager for the Victim Witness Assistance Program, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Washington, D.C. Deborah ensures agency compliance with crime victims’ rights laws by providing victim witness guidance, training, case support and related assistance to DEA’s domestic and international offices. She coordinates victim issues with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and collaborates with international, national, state and local crime victim and prevention organizations. Deborah also served as the Acting Chief, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, Demand Reduction Section, and worked with the staff on drug prevention outreach and educational efforts. She presents at conferences nationwide on the topics of drug endangered children and drug crime victimization. Deborah represents DEA on a variety of working groups including the Federal Task Force on Missing and Exploited Children; the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and Department of Justice (DOJ) Interagency Task Force on Drug Endangered Children; the White House Domestic Policy Council, DOJ/Bureau of Justice Assistance and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents Focus Group and the IACP Victim Services Committee.
Kevin Rose, Senior Director, International Program , Convoy of Hope Kevin Rose serves as Senior Director of International Program for Convoy of Hope. After joining Convoy of Hope in 2008, he was instrumental in their response to the 7.0 Haiti earthquake in January 2010. Working alongside nearly 80 field employees in 11 international offices, enrollment in the Children’s Feeding Initiative has increased from less than 20,000 children to more than 160,000. Additionally, International Program now includes comprehensive complementary interventions in the areas of Agriculture and Women’s Empowerment. Kevin and his wife Aimee have been married for 11 years and live in Springfield, Missouri with their two children, Benjamin (6) and Evelyn (4).
Priscilla Santos, Program Coordinator, The Salvation Army Priscilla Santos is a Program Coordinator for The Salvation Army’s Anti-Trafficking Services Program (TSA-ATS) in Orange County. She is a part of the Congressman Ed Royce’s Human Trafficking Congressional Advisory Committee and on the core leadership team for the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF). In her work, she focuses on providing holistic, culturally informed, comprehensive social services to human trafficking victim-survivors in Orange County. Before moving to Orange County, she worked with anti-trafficking organizations in Los Angeles such as OasisUSA and Saving Innocence, as well as World Vision International. She is also a board member of Fair Trade Los Angeles. She obtains a Master’s degree in Intercultural Studies, specializing in International Development from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Priscilla is passionate about fostering a spirit of empowerment in those she works with to see them reach their full potential, thrive, and contribute toward a more just society.
Stacy Deeble Reynolds, Executive Chair, Orange County Substance Abuse Prevention Network Stacy Deeble-Reynolds has an extensive background working in prevention and positive youth development programs. She has worked in various settings including a psychiatric hospital, afterschool programs, and school districts in Sacramento and Southern California. In her current position as the Orange County Department of Education’s Prevention Coordinator, Stacy serves 27 Orange County school districts with prevention support related to tobacco, drugs, and alcohol among youth. Stacy is the Executive Chair of the Orange County Substance Abuse Prevention Network (OCSAPN) and 1st Vice Chair of the Orange County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board. She holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach, and a Bachelors degree from University of California, Irvine. Stacy believes in the power of partnerships, and welcomes collaboration with anyone committed to promoting the health and wellness of our youth.
Ruthi Hanchett, Coach of Live2free Ruthi Hoffman Hanchett has been a leader in the field of human rights for over ten years, focusing on child rights, human trafficking, and gender equality. While working for World Vision International, she regularly represented the organization to global political leaders, the UN human Rights Council, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, UN Girls Education Initiative, and the NGO Advisory Council on Violence Against Children. More recently, she helped manage inter-agency research on rights of children to self-organize and the corresponding development of materials for children’s groups. One of her favorite responsibilities was enabling children and youth around the globe to speak out for justice. Ruthi is currently coaching Vanguard University’s Live2free club, helping student teams speak on human trafficking at middle schools and high schools throughout Orange County. She also serves on the Board of the Vanguard University Global Center for Women and Justice.
Live2free, Vanguard University Anti-Trafficking Mobilization Team. Live2Free is a student mobilization group at Vanguard University that supports and trains college youth to raise awareness among Orange County students on the issue of modern-day slavery. Live2Free exists to challenge a generation to make personal choices that recognize the dignity of the individual and the responsibility of consumers to slow the demand that drives modern day slavery.
ASHLEIGH S. CHAPMAN, JD President/CEO, Alliance for Freedom, Restoration, and Justice® (AFRJ) www.engagetogether.com
Ashleigh S. Chapman, JD serves as the President/CEO of the Alliance for Freedom, Restoration, and Justice® (AFRJ), which exists to mobilize a global collaborative network to end human trafficking and the exploitation of the vulnerable. The AFRJ’s primary campaign, the Engage Together® initiative, serves as a hub for strategic partnership engagement for thousands of justice advocates around the world. Prior to founding the AFRJ, Ashleigh has served as: the co-founder and Director of the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law at Regent University School of Law; the Director of a non-profit organization serving thousands of disadvantaged and at-risk children and youth in Tennessee; a Children’s Pastor; and a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care. Ashleigh is a licensed attorney in the state of Virginia. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Juris Doctorate from Regent University School of Law, receiving the school’s Most Outstanding Graduate award, and Summa Cum Laude with her B.S. from Tennessee Technological University. Ashleigh and her husband, Sloan, reside in Tennessee.
Alana Flora, J.D. Chief Operations Officer, Alliance for Freedom, Restoration, and Justice, Inc.
Alana’s deep passion for the advocacy and protection of children and families began early in life. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree in English Literature, Alana continued to volunteer and to serve those in need. Upon graduation, Alana served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and substitute teacher, allowing her to work directly with children and families. While pursuing her Juris Doctor, she interned with the local juvenile justice system, studied International Human Rights abroad, and focused on efforts to assist families in need. It was also during this time that her eyes were opened to the atrocity of human trafficking. Since then, she has been working diligently with anti-human trafficking efforts. It is her heart for those in need and her passion for justice that has led her to join the AFRJ.
Christine Smith Snapper, MSW, Deputy Director-Children & Family Services, Orange County Social Services Agency. Christine Smith Snapper has a Master’s in Social Work from California State University Long Beach. Christine has been employed with Orange County Social Services Agency-Children & Family Services for 25 years. Recently, Christine assisted in the coordination and the development of Orange County’s Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) MOU. Christine’s work experience in child welfare includes: Emergency Response /Child Abuse Investigations, Child Abuse Services Team (CAST) / Forensic Interviewer for Sexual Abuse Investigations, Intake & Dependency Investigations, Families and Communities Together (FaCT) as a Coordinator with Family Resource Centers, Best Known Practices, Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) , Quality Assurance, Team Decision Making (TDM), Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Program, and Adoptions.
Jessica R. Springer, Lawyer. Jessica is a busy lawyer with a profound interest in children’s rights. For the OC Lawyer Magazine, Jessica authored the article “Orange County’s Answer to the Dual Jurisdictional Dilemma”. She was also on the steering committee for the Domestic Violence Conference “Identifying, Understanding And Breaking The Cycle of Generational Violence”. For the Orangewood Children’s Center she serves as a motivational speaker, youth mentor and she is the Chair of their Independent Living Program. She was also recently asked to Co-Chair the Orange County Bar’s Human Trafficking Task Force. When not busy advocating for children’s rights, Jessica is busy in her practice as an associate at Wai & Connor, LLC, Irvine, California, representing and defending employers from inception through trial in worker’s compensation matters. Jessica received her Juris Doctorate from University of San Diego School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in both Psychology and Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton. Jessica also is member of and volunteers time to the Orange County Bar Association, Orange County Bar’s Community Outreach Committee and the Celtic Bar Association.
Julia Wilson DNP, RN, FNP-BC, Associate Professor of Nursing, Vanguard University. Julia Wilson has an extensive background in nursing and has been in practice in Irvine as a nurse practitioner since 1997. She has worked for over 30 years as a registered nurse at Hoag Hospital in the areas of cardiology, maternal child health, and medical surgical nursing areas. She has been a full-time faculty member at Vanguard since 2008, and previously taught at Golden West College for over six years.
Alicia Zayas, LCSW, CSEC Clinical Social Worker, Child Welfare Services. Alicia Zayas completed her B.A. in Sociology at Vanguard University where her passion for ending human trafficking began. After graduating she began working under a grant from the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) to provide education and awareness about human trafficking throughout Orange County. Alicia volunteered with the OCHTTF to help survivors enroll in college courses which sparked her desire to further her education in order to work with individuals who were coming out of a Trafficking situation. Alicia completed her Masters Degree in Social Work at California State University of Bakersfield in 2012 and began working for Tulare County Child Welfare Services as a social worker. Over the last four years Alicia has been able to be a part of creating the policies and procedures around addressing the issue of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children for Tulare County. Alicia continues to sit on the steering committee, provides training and education throughout Tulare County and works with CSEC youth who are involved with Child Welfare Services. Alicia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Araceli Bravo, Vanguard University Alumni Araceli Bravo is a Vanguard University alumna who earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies. During her time at Vanguard she was part of Live2free focusing on educating middle and high school students as well as community members about human trafficking and empowering them to take action. Araceli has worked in Cordoba, Argentina, as part of the Global Center for Women and Justice, to equip student leaders about human trafficking, helping launch a Live2free club. She is an advocate for vulnerable populations, educating the Spanish and Church community about human trafficking whenever she has the opportunity to do so. Araceli will be traveling to the Philippines during Spring Break as part of a global immersion program at USC to find innovative ways to end human trafficking in the Philippines. Araceli Bravo will be receiving her Master’s in Social Work and Personnel Pupil Service Credential to work in schools from USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in May 2017.
Jeanette Morgan, Licensed Educational Psychologist, Depression Center Jeanette Morgan, M.A., M.S., L.E.P. is a Licensed Educational Psychologist at the Anxiety and Depression Center in Newport Beach with more than 15 years of special education experience, first as a Special Education Teacher and then as a School Psychologist in the Santa Ana Unified School District. She has experience working with children and adults with autism, developmental disabilities, emotional disturbances, hearing impairments, and learning disabilities. She enjoys working collaboratively with families and educators to address disabilities, behavior, and school-related difficulties. In addition to her work in education, Ms. Morgan is currently working on a doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis on family systems. She has experience providing therapy to children, adolescents and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, panic, OCD, trauma, self-harm, substance abuse, and behavioral problems. As a clinician. She brings her love of meeting people where they are and helping them discover their strengths and resilience to flourish in the everyday challenges they face.
Brad Riley, Founder and President, iEmpathize Brad Riley wants to live in a world where people are filled with empathy for others and are no longer exploited for someone else’s personal gain. Brad is the Founder and President of iEmpathize (iE), an international human rights non-profit combating crimes against children and prioritizing prevention. He has been a non-profit innovator for over 20 years and leads with a culture of creativity and collaboration resulting in effective strategies, projects and partnerships that have garnered international attention. The work of iEmpathize has resulted in the identification and recovery of victims of exploitation as well as prosecutions for victimizers. Brad and the work of iEmpathize have also been showcased and recognized by the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center, US Congress, the United Nations and more. Brad also leads i.e. media, a for-profit media group helping clients with cause based media production and strategies.