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Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate Graduate

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As a licensed counselor and chairman of a local coalition working against human trafficking, I listened to the Ending Human Trafficking Podcast voraciously. While I had been cobbling together research and training in the field, I always felt like I didn’t have enough experience or knowledge to speak with authority on the subject. When I first heard about the certificate program, I shared about the opportunity at a coalition meeting, and realized it was perfect for me with my role as a facilitator of the coalition, as well as a counselor serving more clients impacted by the crime of human trafficking.

My expectations were that I would be led to explore resources that may or may not be relevant to my work as a counselor. I was blown away by the level of learning required in the course work, reading assignments and projects, which were designed to evaluate the incidence of trafficking both in my community, as well as globally. I read more books on the subjects of trauma-informed care, interdisciplinary perspectives, ethical decision making, vulnerabilities which may lend to risky behavior, as well as countless case studies.

Since completing the certificate program, I have seen great strides made in my Midwest community regarding the awareness of and even prosecution of cases involving human trafficking. Our local police chief has been appointed to Missouri’s newly formed human trafficking task force, which is tremendous progress and a huge answer to prayer. My hope for the future is that I may continue being a passionate voice for the oppressed and a resource in my community, state and region to the sectors which may have influence in policy change, legislation, rescue and restoration services. My heart is for prevention of human trafficking, and ultimately the elimination of supply in the chain of this insidious crime. I feel better equipped to speak on the topic to the various community sectors, and have begun to prepare presentations which aim to bring more awareness and education. As a counselor, the trauma-informed focus has enhanced my training and skills to more sensitively meet the particular needs of those who may have been impacted by exploitation.

I would recommend this program to any students looking to gain insight on the issue of human trafficking, but especially to those who are working in a sector such as law enforcement, medical care, social services, or even legislation. The more experts in their field of study are able to speak with authority on the topics related to human trafficking, the more progress we will see in efforts to eradicate the issue altogether. Just as the subject matter cannot be taken lightly, the course requirements for the human trafficking certificate are demanding, but they come with delightful opportunities such as online chats with classmates around the world. One of my favorite moments was when Dr. Morgan traveled to my city and I had the opportunity to meet with her over tea to glean wisdom and direction regarding the call that I have to the issue of human trafficking.

Submitted by Alice Weimer, MS LPC, Chair of Stand Against Trafficking

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Interested in the Online Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate? Click HERE to learn more!

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145: A Humanitarian Crisis or A Trafficking Recruiter’s Marketplace

Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak discuss the Syrian refugee crisis and the impact it is having on the world, particularly in Athens, Greece. They also discuss the best ways to interact with refugees that reinforce their human dignity.

Key Points

  • 10,000 children have gone missing from Syrian refugee camps.
  • Refugee camps are so miserable that people are willing to take huge risks for potential work abroad, and many of these workers become trafficking victims.
  • Syrian Refugee camps will be open for decades.
  • Communicating human dignity to people in refugee camps is key and just holding people’s hands can achieve that.
  • A powerful way to impact human trafficking is to come back from a trip with a first-hand story that communicates the problem as a personal issue, not a public health crisis. The closer somebody is to the person telling the story, the more impact it will have.
  • Sometimes what people need most is just for someone to listen to them.
  • Instead of reinventing the wheel, look for places where work is already being done and partner with existing organizations.
  • Relationship is always more important than resources.

Resources

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144: Does Research Make a Difference?

Annalisa Enrile joins Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak to discuss her new book, Ending Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery: Freedom’s Journey. Annalisa talks about how we often approach solutions without looking at the big picture and how corporations are shifting from mere Corporate Social Responsibility to a Corporate Social Impact mindset. She also reminds us that rescuing someone is only the first step; it’s crucial to examine the support they’re getting afterward.

Resources:

Key Points:

  • We often approach solutions without looking at the big picture.
  • Technology is emerging as a powerful anti-trafficking tool.
  • Corporate Archetypes of Goodness: a movement from Corporate Social Responsibility to Corporate Social Impact. Corporations aren’t merely trying to act responsibly, they’re actively trying to impact the world.
  • It’s easy to forget that survivor advocates are in fact survivors; they’re still on the healing journey.
  • We need to be aware of the unintended consequences of rescuing someone.
  • Rescuing someone is only the first step; it’s crucial to examine the support they’re getting afterward.
  • It’s important to remember that survivors aren’t here just to tell their stories, they’re here to teach us.

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Be An Advocate! Act Now to Protect Anti-Trafficking Funding.

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  Every year the Presidential administration and the Congress must come to an agreement on the federal budget.  This year the President has proposed a 30% cut to the small, but critical foreign affairs budget.  This funding is essential to many of the programs and projects around the globe that address human trafficking and tackle its root causes through prevention.
The U.S. foreign assistance budget reaches millions around the world, and programs are largely implemented through trusted charitable organizations, like World Vision, with expertise on the ground to ensure the investment isn’t wasted or affected by corruption. While our investment in foreign assistance is less than 1% of our federal budget,  the dollars spent in developing counties literally are the difference between life and death.
Please click on the link below, provided by our partner World Vision, and take 3 minutes to call or write your senators and congressional representative to let them know you want to see full funding of the foreign affairs budget. The link provides all the info you need to know, from a suggested call script to guide you, to the number for your specific congressperson ( it looks it up for you!)

http://www.worldvisionadvocacy.org/project/support-u-s-foreign-assistance/ 

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143: Why Was Sandie in Istanbul?

In this episode, Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak discuss why Sandie went to Istanbul, Turkey and what she did there. The forum on Modern Slavery hosted by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, discussed the role of the church in combating Human Trafficking and gathered distinguished scholars and leaders from around the world to discuss human exploitation. The goal was to bring context and understanding for how the church can rise up and do something about this injustice. Sandie’s role was to network, build relationships, work together to find resources, and discuss action plans to make a difference. One exciting outcome from this forum was engaging with the human trafficking commissioner of Athens who volunteered their resources to help the Study Abroad team this summer as they travel to Greece to work with the Syrian Refugees. Sandie challenged the church to step up in their role which prompted collaboration efforts for more resources and partnership in these efforts.

Resources:

Ecumenical Patriarchate 

Photos of the Forum

Joint Declaration

Church of England

Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate

Priceless: A Luncheon to End Human Trafficking

Global Center for Women and Justice

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Greece Trip 2017

Hi, my name is Gabrielle Gomez and I am a Cinema Arts major with a minor in Women’s Studies. For the WMST Study Abroad trip this year, we are going to Greece! We are going to study contemporary Human Trafficking that is happening currently in the world right now, as well as an outreach for the Syrian refugee crisis in Greece. We will look at different strategies for prevention, protection, prosecution and partnerships. Some of our assignments include presentations that we will present from the Live2Free models and we will be partnering with the Assemblies of God World Missions Europe Compassion director, Raegan Gluglosh. We will also be partnering with a Syrian Ministry, the Humanitarian Initiative BRIDGES with Co-founders, Voula and Ilias Antouan. Hundreds go through BRIDGES for help but thousands more have been coming through. img_0690

God called me to Missions when I came into Vanguard and this trip will be my first time out of the country. My plan is to document this whole trip because that is my dream: partnering with missionaries and documenting their experiences. I feel that God has called me to go anywhere, not just out of the country but even in the US, at my school, back home, in my own town, with my friends. God has always placed me in situations to reach others and He gave me the talent to put my Christian worldview into films and stories. I can’t wait to see what God has planned for me and our team. I know God is handling this and its all in His hands. The verse Psalm 145:13 “The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.”

Gabrielle Gomez

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April 2017, GCWJ hosted guest missionary, Amy Farley at Vanguard University to speak to the students about her personal experience of sexual assault. Many students were impacted by her authentic transparency while talking about a very difficult and yet persistent issue in our world. If you would like to listen to her story, it is on our GCWJ Facebook page as a Livestream.

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April 4 at 11:06pm ·

 “I have LOVED being at Vanguard. Speaking at Excavate, Chapel, and being part of the Courageous Conversations Panel. What an incredible university with some incredible leadership. Love the heart of this University.”

Check out these other resources as we continue to spread awareness about Sexual Assault.

Sexual Assault Awareness month: things to do every month
What If Bears Killed One In Five People?
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Be an advocate! Act now to protect anti-trafficking funding.

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Every year the Presidential administration and the Congress must come to an agreement on the federal budget.  This year the President has proposed a 30% cut to the small, but critical foreign affairs budget.  This funding is essential to many of the programs and projects around the globe that address human trafficking and tackle its root causes through prevention.

The U.S. foreign assistance budget reaches millions around the world, and programs are largely implemented through trusted charitable organizations, like World Vision, with expertise on the ground to ensure the investment isn’t wasted or affected by corruption. While our investment in foreign assistance is less than 1% of our federal budget,  the dollars spent in developing countries literally are the difference between life and death.

Please see the link below, provided by our partner World Vision, and take 3 minutes to call or write your senators and congressional representative to let them know you want to see full funding of the foreign affairs budget. The link provides all the info you need to know, from a suggested call script to guide you, to the number for your specific congressperson ( it looks it up for you!)

http://www.worldvisionadvocacy.org/project/support-u-s-foreign-assistance/

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142: Where is the Anti-Human Trafficking Movement Going?

In this episode, Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak interview Laura Lederer, President and Founder of Global Centurion. Under her leadership, Global Centurion has developed significant demand- focused research and programs. Ms. Lederer shares about the history of addressing human trafficking and the rewards of the early work that was done to emerge the global human rights movement we now have today. Her new book about slavery in the 21st century explains the complexities of the anti-human trafficking movement over the years, and although they have had 10 good years since the Trafficking Victims Protect Act was enacted, Ms. Lederer still believes they are at the beginning of the movement. At this time, Ms. Lederer suggest assessing what has been done through evaluation and research to take a hard look at what works and what may not be working well, using what has been learned to move forward thoughtfully.

Resources:

Laura J. Lederer, President & Founder

Global Centurion

U.S. Laws on Trafficking in Persons

Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate

Priceless: A Luncheon to End Human Trafficking

Global Center for Women and Justice

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Keeping Up with Sandie Morgan: Spring 2017

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In February 2017, Dr. Morgan served as a Subject Matter Expert for the cosponsored Sins Before Our Eyes Forum on Human Trafficking cosponsored by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, His All Holiness Bartholomew, and the Church of England Primate, the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby.  Due to security reasons the event was not publicized until afterwards when the cosigned agreement was released. https://www.patriarchate.org/-/modern-slavery-a-joint-declaration Attendees included Metropolitans from other regions, including South America and Europe, two members of the World Council of Churches, a representative from the Vatican, and many other dignitaries.  Along with many other promising outcomes, Dr. Morgan met and will partner with the Athens Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative when the cocurricular WMST420 Country Study class is in Greece in June.

Madrid, Spain

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In March 2017, Dr. Morgan served the World Assemblies of God Fellowship (WAGF) on a study group commissioned to offer a recommendation to the WAGF Executive Committee. The study group met in Madrid, Spain. The recommendation to establish a Commission on Sexual Exploitation, Slavery, and Trafficking was voted on during the WAGF Executive Committee meeting on March 30-31 in Singapore, and was approved.  The members of the study group were all asked to serve on the first commission.  Their first official meeting will be in Anaheim, California on August 11, 2017.  WAGF represents Assemblies of God adherents in 150 countries.

GCWJ at Kenosha, Wisconsin

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In March 17, Ruthi Hanchett, GCWJ Board Member, represented the Center and Vanguard University at the Journey Hope Forum. This is the fourth year we have partnered with Journey Church, the largest Assembly of God church in the region. This purpose of this event is to educate the community about the reality of human trafficking in Southeastern Wisconsin. This is an interactive discussion designed to challenge our community to stand together against the injustice of modern-day slavery, and to continue bringing awareness to the battle against human trafficking locally, nationally, and internationally. The event was attended by 100 church members, 200 nursing students, and 300 community members. Ruthi was also interviewed by a local radio station in southeastern Wisconsin.

April is Sexual Assault Month
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In April, the Global Center for Women and Justice in collaboration with Spiritual Formation, Diversity and Inclusion, and Global Education & Outreach will be hosting Amy Farley , Assemblies of God World Missionary to Vietnam, as a guest speaker for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

  • Excavate on Monday, April 3rd, 8-9pm
  • MAIN CHAPEL on Tuesday, April 4th, 9:30-10:20am
  • Tuesday from 12-1pm and 6:30-7:30pm, Courageous Conversation at The Cove

 

Human Trafficking Country Study: Athens Greece acropolis-athens

In June, Sandie is taking a team of 12 students to Athens Greece for the annual Country Study Abroad Trip. This course will focus on contemporary human trafficking and slavery, including sex trafficking, bonded labor, forced labor, refugee recruitment, and domestic servant slavery in Greece with a particular focus on identifying best practice models of Prevention. This course will examine the scope and complexity of human trafficking specific to the country of Greece’s laws, culture, faith, economy, and especially the current Syrian refugee crisis. It will also include University student outreach teams based on the VU Live2free model designed to do outreach in the refugee camps. Because of the base work established by Dr. Morgan and Live2Free student leaders, the Greece team is poised to dig deeper into the issue of human trafficking and collaborate with Greek youth initiatives partnering with Assemblies of God World Missions Europe Compassion director, Raegan Gluglosh.

SAVE THE DATE: Priceless Luncheon


The Priceless committee will be working through the summer planning this year’s Luncheon on September 16, 2017 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. This year’s keynote speaker is John Cotton Richmond who also was the keynote speaker at Ensure Justice. For more information on the luncheon and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.Priceless2017.com

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