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2016 Priceless Luncheon Chair: Jasmine Shodja

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It is a privilege to Chair the Priceless Committee at the Global Center for Women and Justice for the second year. This is the 4th annual Priceless Luncheon to bring awareness, fundraise and help advocate against Human Trafficking in all of it’s forms.

When thinking about human trafficking, for some of us it is such an inhuman and unbelievable problem that we can’t even imagine that there are more modern day slaves in the world than ever before. The problem exists in our county, country and world.  Regardless of where victims are from, they live among as, as well as their perpetrators. Our children in this county are at risk of being victimized. With that frightening thought in mind, I asked myself “how can I, as an individual make a difference in such a horrific inhumanity which crosses all party, religious, and geographic lines?”  The only answer I found was “How could I not try?”

The work of the Global Center for Women and Justice is methodical and research-based. Individuals, schools, organizations, government agencies, law enforcement, care takers, advocates and many more have been trained through the expertise of Dr. Sandra Morgan, on how to identify and assist a victim or report a predator.  GCWJ has traveled to various schools, organizations, states and countries to help establish the foundation of human trafficking awareness and prevention, and done it selflessly. Their work has changed the way legislators and law enforcement agencies view and treat victims and their predators. The victims are now more likely than ever to have a chance at rehabilitation and restoration. They deserve to reclaim their dignity and have hope for a better future. To be a part of this transformational work is Priceless.

I’ve found that no matter how difficult my day may be, by giving a little of myself to this cause I can perhaps help keep a candle of hope alive and we could take one step further along in changing this culture.  I invite you to educate yourselves about this issue here locally and globally, learn about the efforts of GCWJ and others who are involved, and to join us at this year’s Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking on September 17, 2016. Click on the link for information to attend and support the cause. http://www.vanguard.edu/gcwj/the-priceless-luncheon/

Jasmine Shodja
Committee Chair, Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking

 

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Life Without Parole

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Dr. Elizabeth Leonard was a beloved Vanguard University faculty and co-founder of the Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University. In her honor, Warren Doody, Vanguard University Department Chair of English, transformed Dr. Leonard’s research into the stage play “Life Without Parole,” which takes the audience on a journey through the tragic underworld of domestic violence.

This show will be featured in LA for 3 weekends
October 21 & 22 || 8pm
October 28 & 29 || 8pm
November 4 & 5 || 8pm

Location:
Edgemar Center for the Arts
2437 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405

Donate to the Elizabeth Dermody Leonard Memorial Fund to support Life Without Parole

Make a gift in honor of Professor Emerita, Dr. Elizabeth Leonard
to the Elizabeth Dermody Leonard Memorial Fund. The fund honoring her memory will extend the impact of her research giving voice to abused women in prison and beyond.

Beyond Service: Webinar Series for Military Members

 

Aug 19 WV Webinar

Beyond Service: Free Webinar Series

The Global Center for Women and Justice is partnering with Women Leading the Way in Orange County and Vanguard University’s Veterans Center to host a series of FREE webinars addressing several topics for military members transitioning from service. Join us for the next free webinar in August!

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2016 | 6pm

https://Vanguard.zoom.us/j/4763685649

For more information please contact Nadia Hernandez at:

714.966.6360 or nadia.hernandez@vanguard.edu

 

Beyond Service: Webinar Series for Military Members

july 19 WV Webinar

Beyond Service: Free Webinar Series

The Global Center for Women and Justice is partnering with Women Leading the Way in Orange County and Vanguard University’s Veterans Center to host a series of FREE webinars addressing several topics for military members transitioning from service. Join us for the next free webinar in July!

TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016 | 6pm

https://Vanguard.zoom.us/j/4763685649

For more information please contact Nadia Hernandez at:

714.966.6360 or nadia.hernandez@vanguard.edu

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126: Meet the Professor: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

In this episode, Director Sandra Morgan and GCWJ Board member Dave Stachoviak continue in the “Meet the Professor” series. In this interview Dr. Morgan recounts an experience she had as a Pediatric Nurse when she met her first sex trafficking victim who was a 14 year old boy. Through her encounter with the victim, she purposed in her heart to create an end to human trafficking.

She shares the importance of a multidisciplinary approach, and all professionals incorporating trauma- informed practice. The Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate Program will be a tool that will assist in this effort to inform people from various backgrounds and levels of expertise- to help be a part of the solution to the cycle of violence and poverty which fuels the human trafficking industry.

Resources:

Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate Program

Global Center for Women and Justice

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125: Meet the Professor, Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate

In this episode, Director Sandra Morgan and GCWJ Board member Dave Stachoviak introduce Katie Linn, who has joined Vanguard University as an Adjunct Professor after relocating to Southern California with her husband. She is the co-founder and consulting director of Exploit No More, a faith-based anti-trafficking organization in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Exploit No More aims to help trafficked women transition out of being victims and mobilizing them to become survivors that flourish in addition to training community leaders on trafficking prevention.

In the new Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate Program, Katie will be leading students in this online experience. It will be an introductory course that will be looking at trafficking person’s reports, different countries’ approach to trafficking prevention, as well as reading 3 different text- one of which will include the Hands That Heal curriculum. This program is one that allows individuals to learn at their own pace and interact with students all over the world.

Resources:

Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate Program

Hands That Heal Curriculum

Exploit No More

Global Center for Women and Justice

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The Global Center for Women and Justice is partnering with Women Leading the Way in Orange County and Vanguard University’s Veterans Center to host a series of FREE webinars addressing several topics for military members transitioning from service.

The webinar series will be held in June, July and August this summer with a repeat series in the Fall.  They will discuss 3 major focus areas:

 

1. Education Benefits

2. Community Services/Careers

 

3. Financial Matters

 

For more information, contact Nadia Hernandez, GCWJ Coordinator, via email at nadia.hernandez@vanguard.edu or 714-966-6360.

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124: Prevention- Trauma Informed and Transformational Schools

During this episode, Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak talk about how education contributes to life success, and how it can be used as a prevention tool in schools where children are dealing with different types of trauma. The idea that trauma only happens occasionally is overturned by current research brief: Unlocking the Door to Learning. Children who deal with trauma are living in a constant state of emergency with the way their body systems are functioning. How does this child function in a school setting? Their experiences in school will shape their future adult success and that is why trauma informed classrooms are so important. This research brief shows us recommended approaches for how to change the way we work with children in the classroom setting.

Resources:

Unlocking the Door to Learning- Education Law Center 2015 Brief

Helping Traumatized Children Learn: Supportive School Environments for Children Traumatized by Family Violence

Suggested Textbook Reading

Children’s Exposure to Violence: A Comprehensive National Survey

 

Global Center for Women and Justice

Toxic stress response in Children

Creating Trauma-Informed Systems

 

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123: Prosecutor’s Perspective, Interview with Brad Schoenleben

During this episode, Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak interview Deputy District Attorney Bradley Schoenleben is with the HEAT Unit of the OC District Attorney’s Office. A component of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force is the OC District Attorney’s Human Exploitation And Trafficking (HEAT) Unit, which targets perpetrators who sexually exploit and traffic women and underage youth for financial gain, including pimps, panderers, and human traffickers.

Bradley explains how he got into this job of “putting the bad guys away” and explains how the prosecution process has changed with more understanding of the subculture of the pimps and human traffickers, as well as the victims. This unit was created in April 2014 to focus on prosecuting the human traffickers, and “rape of prostitute” cases. The victims involved in these cases are unique in their character traits and it is vital to learn how to communicate with them in order to effectively process a case. Brad highlights that the pop culture’s depiction of pimps is largely different than what is being dealt with today. We often have misguided views of what these terms mean and what these people may look like in our everyday surroundings.

A key to helping these victims is consistency and allowing the victims to have space without force to get the help they need. The unit has found that it is better to take a victims centered approach which allows them to make their own decision to leave “the life” rather than barging in and telling the victims what to do. Controlling them with power and authority is another form of exploitation on these victims. Brad shares how it is difficult to keep doing what he is doing while knowing that there will be so many victims that he never gets to help, but he finds hope and reassurance that for the ones he DOES help, it changes their lives and really does make a difference in stopping this ongoing cycle of human trafficking.

Resources:

OCDA OFFICE

May 4, 2016 HEAT Unit Case

OCDA Most Wanted

OCDA Sex Purchasers

 

Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate

Dr. Sandra Morgan’s new blog

Global Center for Women and Justice

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