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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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Beyond Service: Webinar Series for Military Members

 

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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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Iraqi Universities Grant Partnership 2016

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Leadership Training and Mentorship Program for Women in Academia

The Global Center for Women and Justice received a grant in partnership with Iraqi Universities and the Deputy Minister of Higher Education from the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). The project aims to foster the leadership capacity of and support for women leaders in Higher Education in Iraq through remote training, and advising on leadership development, policy, and advocacy within academia.

In the first phase of the grant, Dr. Sandra Morgan has conducted a number of webinars  with Iraqi women professional on various topics addressing women in higher education. Following the remote training portion of the program, 5 women academics, the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, and one current university president from Iraq will travel to Vanguard University in July 2016. Their visit will consist in participating in seminars, trainings, the placement to follow a Higher Education leader, and the creation of next step strategies for supporting women in higher education.

The GCWJ continues to foster global partnerships to advance the global status of women through research, education, advocacy, collaboration and hope.

 

 

 

 

 

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Romania Country Study 2016

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Every year the Global Center for Women and Justice offers a 3 unit course in which we send a team abroad to do a country study of Human Trafficking in a specific area as well as work alongside of our partner missionaries in the field. In the past, Dr. Morgan has taken teams to Italy and Argentina. This year, along with the help of former Deputy Chief Derek Marsh, Dr. Morgan is leading a team of 5 Vanguard students to Bucharest, Romania where they will be working closely with Touched Romania and missionary Raegan Glugosh.

They will be speaking and educating about Human Trafficking as well as doing volunteer work with the local institutions for children. Under Dr. Morgan’s expertise, this team will be able to mentor and provide staff development training to current and new leaders in that area about their anti-trafficking efforts. They will also be speaking about human trafficking from a youth perspective, using the Live2free curriculum. Other training sessions will include training for Police and also at risk women and children.

Their trip dates are May 13-23. Please keep this team in your prayers for safety in traveling and also great outcomes from these training and furthering the GCWJ’s global partnership in Romania.

We will continue to Study the Issues, Be a Voice and Make a Difference!

How has your experience being a Women’s Studies Minor impacted you? “Testimony from Vanguard Students”

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetCelina Chumacero I really enjoyed the different classes that Women’s Studies offers. Like Intro to Women’s Studies and Child Trafficking. I learned more about human trafficking and women’s rights as well. I want to work with that to bring social change. I got this minor my second semester of freshman year, it’s a great minor to have! It ties in with sociology. It really helped me learn a lot about myself and what I want to do in the future. I recommend students to take Women’s Studies because it gives you a different perspective to how women are being treated and empowering a new generation of men to step up.

Hannah Quezada Joining Women’s Studies has given me more experience on conference exposure. I love the Women’s ministry, it brings beauty and identity. Women’s Studies help you understand other cultures to connect with them. I recommend students to take Women’s Studies courses because it’s good to understand others even if you don’t want to go into Women’s Studies!

 

alvaro salgado photoAlvaro Salgado Since I’ve started taking Women’s Studies, I have exposed to issues that I didn’t know were there or that I just didn’t want to see, like trafficking. I just turned a blind eye, but now I am confronting these issues, and I love it! I appreciate the tools that I am being equipped with and sharing it with others. I definitely recommend students to take Women’s Studies, especially males. It opens your eyes to what is out there, and for Christians in general, we should know more about what is happening to others, especially about women and others out of the country.

abbyAbigail Silvas-Sheffield What I have enjoyed most about Women’s Studies is the exposure to the people who are employed in these issues. It opens your eyes to how broad these issues are and how much help is needed. It expands your knowledge about trafficking and human rights issues. It fuels my passion towards helping these issues. It’s been an amazing experience, it’s not just working with theories because you have the opportunity to be put into volunteer positions and delve into the problems and find ways you can make a difference. I love working with the Global Center for Women and Justice and with Sandie. I recommend other students to take this course even if they don’t want to pursue the minor. Just take one class to be aware. As Christians we need to stand up for the injustices in our community, everyone should be aware. If everyone in the community took a stand, we can all help these issues.

Kristen Vega I enjoy the classes, I’ve been taking a CSEC class, Ensure Justice, and I plan to take more. I transferred here from Illinois and the Global Center for Women and Justice is the reason I am here. When I heard Sandie’s story, I knew I wanted to do this as a career: Working with survivors, CSEC children who are exploited, making prevention strategies, and I’m looking forward to meeting educated speakers and to learn from them and the leaders around the world. I am also a part of the Live2Free club here on campus. It has been a great experience, we will go to schools, churches and educate others on these issues and bring awareness, so that they will be able to protect those in need. I definitely encourage students to take these courses. I learned so much more on trafficking by taking the classes and working with Sandie. It’s a big issue in the world, and you can always use this with your own career and to be aware of it is very important. Natalie Ness Becoming a Women’s Studies Minor has given me a direction on future professions. I have been interested in it and then took the class with a friend, and I want to go into law, into the criminal field. I’ve met so many people and working with Sandie, Women’s Studies pushed me into the criminal field. It’s been a great experience, to see how compassionate everyone is, how it connects with my major, and the ability Sandie has to raise awareness and educate people. Now it feels like I need to educate people. I’ve been to high schools and the issue of trafficking wasn’t well known, but Sandie changes that. She helps people realize that it’s happening in our own backyard. I definitely recommend students to take these courses. It’s something seen as a great accomplishment, people think highly of it. You meet a lot of great people who share the same desire, and you see the love people have. The classes are really informative.

Barbara Isaac Women’s Studies have been very beneficial. I am very passionate about it, and personally learning from a biblical and unique perspective makes it a well-informed approach on these issues. It’s important to take the opportunity to take these classes on campus and become aware about these gender issues on campus. I do recommend students to take these courses because it’s important to inform yourself, to help you grow into a well-rounded individual, and that includes learning about these issues.

Marissa Murrell I’ve taken Intro to Women’s Studies, Class, Race, Ethnicity and Gender, and Marriage and the Family and so far they have really opened my eyes to the issues of women in the world and how they impact women in their daily lives here in the United States and overseas, and in every kind of relationship from friendships, to brother and sister relationships, to parent relationships, to boyfriend and girlfriend, and family and marriages. We have a responsibility to study the issues and take that knowledge out into the world and with whatever we do, we need to make sure that we are impacting others in a positive way and shifting society from objectifying women and using them as objects and not treating them as humans and then turning that tide in the other direction. Dr. Sandie Morgan’s work really has inspired me. I came to Vanguard not knowing exactly what I wanted to do, I just knew I wanted to be a teacher, and I also knew about these major global issues but I didn’t know how the two would coincide, and I didn’t know how I would help fight these issues, and her work in fighting human trafficking, which is one of the biggest issues that faces our community, she was able to show me how I can use my math skills and my teaching skills in order to take that overseas and empower women who are stuck in these issues and bring their whole society up to uplift these women using my own gifts so it’s not so overwhelming where I don’t have to have two separate lives, I can put them together and make a difference. I recommend other students to take these courses because it gives you an idea as you’re studying your own major, wherever you take that knowledge and whatever field you go into, you’re going to encounter women’s issues whether it’s here in the United States or abroad, it’ll help you deal with that and as a women it’ll help you to know what’s going on and how you can stop it and from a man’s perspective, you can show your fellow brothers that this is not the right way to treat women and help them really make that shift in change. It gives you a broader perspective of how the world works and it doesn’t matter what field you’re going into, it can be useful in any of them.

Samantha Pena I’ve taken the anti-human trafficking conference class and it has impacted me a lot because I’ve been called to become a missionary and taking these classes, I really feel that God is calling me to be a missionary in India to work with Human Trafficking victims that are children, and by doing the conference it amazes me how much human trafficking is a big issue in the world but how little we are doing to combat this issue. I truly believe that my eyes have been open and my heart is hurting to see how big this problem is, but I truly believe that God has blessed me in this position to be surrounded by leaders and professors that are going to help guide me on this path. Beth Grant impacted me the most when she spoke at Compassion Night, it was so powerful. If you have a passion for women in ministry, for anti-human trafficking, or if you just want to learn more about the issue and see what are the possibilities you can do to help out, I definitely recommend this minor. It’ll change the way you view the issue and it’ll be very impactful, and who knows, it might end up being what you want to do for the rest of your life. You never know until you find out.

122: Pornography – A Public Health Crisis (Part 2)

During this episode, Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak talk about the issue that pornography plays in public health and how to combat it, using the predict and protect model. The issue is brought up of how pornography affects young people’s view of self and sexuality, as well as suggestions on what parents can do to aid in the child’s protection from being exposed to inappropriate content online. Sandra supplies a number a great tools for parents to utilize to monitor and protect their children. NetSmart, Pure Hope, NetNanny, and Covenant Eyes are just some of the tools mentioned as avenues for parents to explore as services to utilize. Sandra and Dave also discuss other alternatives for parents to use as well. The episode also addresses the addictive side of pornography and the progression of the brain from viewing to acting out in domestic violence and sexual abuse.

 

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Resources:

Religious Alliance

The National Council of Catholic Women

Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate

Parenting in a Sexualized Culture Webinar Registration

Dr. Sandra Morgan’s new blog

Global Center for Women and Justice

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A Voice for the Voiceless: Abigail Silvas-Sheffield

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If someone would have told me a couple years ago that I would be the president of an anti-human trafficking club, I would not have believed them. I had no concept of what human trafficking was until I was a freshman here at Vanguard University.I had grown up knowing that I had a burning passion for being a voice for the voiceless, but I never knew how it would become tangible in my life. I started at Vanguard in the fall of 2014 as a bio-chemistry major, thinking I would eventually become a pediatrician and travel the world helping children in poverty stricken nations, but I soon realized that I was not cut out for the sciences. I had taken the intro to sociology course and absolutely fell in love with the topic. I became a sociology major in the spring. One of the classes that fit in my schedule during the spring semester happened to be the human trafficking course taught by Derek Marsh. My eyes were opened to a whole new world. One of the assignments for his class was to get involved with Live2Free and do at least one presentation with them. For those of you who might not know what Live2Free is, it is an anti-human trafficking club on campus here at Vanguard University.  As a club, we go out to high schools, middle schools, churches and conferences in the area and give a 45 minute presentation educating on the basics of what human trafficking is. We want to bring awareness into our communities and empower everyone we come across to be a voice for those who do not have one. Thus, my dream materialized itself. I slowly became involved with Live2Free during that spring semester and in the next fall I became the on-campus events coordinator. I took up more responsibilities than I signed up for and dove in head first, but it seems like that’s really the only way to do it.This spring, I was offered the position of president of Live2Free. I was very nervous to accept, but I felt like it was God opening a door for me. It has been one of the most incredible experiences being the leader of this club. I had the opportunity to educate approximately 1,358 people about the issue of human trafficking. I also had the opportunity to go to Kenosha, Wisconsin with Dr. Morgan and my fellow leaders to help bring awareness over there! I am so grateful to those who made that trip possible!I have learned so much about what it takes to lead a group of people, and how to appreciate the strengths of others and to recognize my weaknesses. Being the president of Live2Free is not something anyone should have to do alone. One thing someone told me this semester that really stuck with me was that you get out of the club what you put into it, which obviously can be applied to anything. I have poured my heart into this club, and I have truly reaped the benefits of it. I have met so many wonderful people; been introduced to such inspiring individuals; made amazing friends; and had the chance to cultivate my passion for being a voice for the voiceless. Even though we had very few people coming to the meetings every week and even fewer who were truly committed, I did my best to not be discouraged because you can’t force people to have the same passions as you. I know that in the future the club will grow in participation and will receive more opportunities to go out into the community to spread awareness but for now, Zechariah 4:10 (NLT) says, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.”

This next year I will be transferring back home to Sacramento State University to finish my last two years of college. As much as I love and appreciate all the opportunities that I have been given here at Vanguard, there is no place like home. I hope to start a Live2Free club on the campus of Sac State as well as at my old high school. While I may not know what I want to do career-wise just yet, I do know that I will continue to be a voice for those who do not have one.