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Empower Women, Empower Everyone by Sandie Morgan

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Empower Women, Empower Everyone

by Sandie Morgan

267 school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. Hundreds of Yazidi women sold into slavery by ISIS. Thousands of war rapes in Congo. Millions trafficked globally. The global issues facing women are clear.

International Women’s Day, March 8, focuses on empowering women. In 2014. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said: “Countries with more equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: Equality for women means progress for all.”

Three simple strategies can empower women: create space, model value and nurture gifts. These three methods to empower the women in your life are not new. Jesus practiced them.

Look at the story of Jesus visiting Lazarus, Martha and Mary (Luke 10: 38-42). Jesus made room for Mary with the other learners, the disciples. Her sister, Martha, tried to correct the situation. There is much to learn in that simple story, but let’s say Martha’s remarks were about more than wanting help chopping the carrots for dinner. We often focus on Mary’s decision, but that decision was possible because Jesus created space for her. He modeled value for her as a disciple, which nurtured her gifts. I’m sure you can think of other examples where Jesus turned culture around to create space for women, model value and nurture their gifts.

I experienced this personally during an academic partnership between Vanguard University and a university in Iraq to empower women. Our team included renowned Federal Judge David Carter.  Carter created space for me in a culture that did not traditionally allow this, valued me as a professional and nurtured my growing skills in the field. He instructed me to stay with him even if our hosts offered me a seat in a different room. When entering the chambers of the Chief Judge, Carter was ushered to a seat of honor. He thanked our hosts, walked me to that seat and said, “Dr. Morgan, here’s your place.” He included me in the dialogue; it was never spurious. Carter actively empowered me as a leader, because he saw me as such.

Women are vital to the mission of the Church. To see women empowered to lead and contribute, everyone must be strategic. Create space. Model value for your daughters and sisters. Nurture their gifts. The result will be progress that men and women will celebrate together.

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141: A View From the Bench – Part 2

Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak welcome back Judge Hatchimonji to discuss the role of the Juvenile Court Judge in Child Welfare by breaking misconceptions about what juvenile judges do and how much they care about their job. When it comes to Juvenile Justice, the court wants to create a path that leads to a vibrant future for the children. The role of the the Judge in child welfare becomes an active participant, to address and underline the root of the problem. They talk about the two branches, the dependency court which address children who have been neglected by caretakers and the delinquency court, when children break criminal laws themselves. Sandie asks Judge Hatchimonji what he wants for kids when they walk onto his court. It is the juvenile court’s responsibility to rehabilitate the child, change their life trajectory to a bright and hopeful future.

Resources:

Judge Douglas Hatchimonji

Role of the Juvenile Court Judge in Child Welfare

Ensure Justice Conference: Build a Strong Child

Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate

Global Center for Women and Justice

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140: A View From the Bench – Part 1

Did California legalize child prostitution? Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak host Judge Douglas Hatchimonji to talk about the new California legislation regarding child prostitution. They discuss SB13-22 and why there is so much recent debate around it. Judge Hatchimonji was appointed to the Bench in 2003 and was Presiding Juvenile Justice from 2011-2014, and now back at Juvenile Justice.

Resources:

Judge Douglas Hatchimonji

Senate Bill 1322

Press Release – Governor Brown signs SB 1322 declaring “There is no such thing as a child prostitute”

Ensure Justice Conference: Build a Strong Child

Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate

Global Center for Women and Justice

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139: Ethical Dilemas

Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak continue their conversation with retired Deputy Chief Derek Marsh about ethical dilemmas, mainly when it comes to media challenges. Just about any consistent work in anti-trafficking will eventually engage the press. Ethical decisions need to guide us when preparing a report or releasing any information  to the press and the media. It is important to understand the terminology of the story so that we are able to articulate and clear up any misconceptions. Sandra Morgan mentions the Stephen Model and Derek Marsh explains each acronym, Socio-cultural framework, Technology, Economy, Politics, Historical, Ecological, and Next.

Resources:
STEPHEN Model

Ensure Justice Conference: Build a Strong Child

Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate

Global Center for Women and Justice

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138: The Role of Victim Advocates

Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak discuss victim advocates and their roles. Victim advocates make a personal connection with victim survivors by developing trust and building relationships. They undergo specialized training in order to be well informed about how to interact with survivors of trauma. Victim advocates focus on what the survivors need to begin to thrive. Their primary goal is to be an advocate for the survivor and make sure they feel safe. One of the main things that survivors need to hear is that they are a victim of a crime, NOT a criminal! Dr. Sandra Morgan discusses the need for a large collaboration network in this field. One of the main topics of discussion here is a tool that victim advocates can use to prepare – a guide for victim advocates which focuses on their specific role in the restoration process.

Resources:

Ensure Justice Conference: Build a Strong Child

Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate

Global Center for Women and Justice

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137: Interview With Prosecutors: John Cotton Richmond & Victor Boutros

In this episode, Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak introduce two previous federal prosecutors John Cotton Richmond and Victor Boutros to discuss the Human Trafficking Institute. They ask three questions that fall into anti human trafficking strategies: How do we make people less vulnerable to traffickers, how do we care for survivors, and how do we actually stop the traffickers. They both share that in order to stop it, they must start at the root of the battle. It is necessary to have an understanding of the laws and the books, political will to enforce the laws, and the capacity to enforce the law. Boutros shares that they will train specialized units to create a model of prosecutors and agents that are focused on human trafficking cases called the ACT Team. This episode challenges listeners to begin to think in innovative ways about how they can stop the crime at its source. It’s time to learn how to identity the traffickers, not just the victims, in order to be able to stop future exploitation.

Resources:

John Richmond & Victor Boutros

The Human Trafficking Institute

The Human Trafficking Institute- the Founder

Podcast 26: Lessons from the Prosecutor’s Desk

Ensure Justice Conference: Build a Strong Child

Global Center for Women and Justice

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136: We CAN Coalition

January is National Human Trafficking and Slavery Prevention Month. The We CAN Coalition of Orange County is all about working to end child abuse and neglect. On this show, Sandie and Dave have discussed community partnership as a key to human trafficking prevention work. We CAN Coalition is a local response model that can be replicated across the nation as a reputable way to do prevention. There are four necessary components for an effective collective: a clear common purpose, community engagement and co-production, relationships and trust, and results and accountability. For the purpose of ending human trafficking, it is imperative that people within same-minded organizations follow these components.

Resources:

We CAN Coalition Overview

Online Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate

Ensure Justice Conference: Build a Strong Child

Global Center for Women and Justice

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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
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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
justice-matters.com

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!

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135: Collaborations and Ethical Decision Making

eht1400In this third part of the series on ethics and decision making, Dave, Sandie and Derek continue to explore the importance of ethics in collaborative work. Anti-human Trafficking Collaborations often happen between law enforcement, victim service providers, health care providers and centers, social service agencies, and faith-based/volunteer organizations. With all these collaborations happening to end human trafficking, ethical codes are difficult to maintain across all of these partnerships because each organization has different values and beliefs. The key is for partnerships to align their values and decide how to treat ethical dilemmas. It is imperative to share the same language among professionals to avoid conflict and confusion in collaborations.

Resources:

Derek Marsh- BJA Fellow

James Austin Book: The Collaboration Challenge

Online Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate

Josephson Institute of Ethics: 7 Step Path to Ethical Decision Making

Ensure Justice Conference: Build a Strong Child

Global Center for Women and Justice

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