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94: What Does the United Nations Offer to the Campaign to End Human Trafficking? [PODCAST]

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On this episode of the Ending Human Trafficking podcast, GCWJ Director Sandra Morgan and Board Member Dave Stachowiak interview Deb O’Hara-Rusckowski, RN, MBA, MTS, a member of NGO Commission to Stop Trafficking in Persons at the United Nations. Deb works on the Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (GIFT) committee. Through a partnership with STOP THE TRAFFICK, the committee created the UN.GIFT Box program. A GIFT Box is a large, walk-in piece of public art that people encounter on the streets of the city. The GIFT box is a local, timeless exhibit that tells the local story of human trafficking by partnering with local organizations working in the anti-trafficking movement. The project is currently in Brazil, Slovakia and the United Kingdom and has the potential to roll out into other countries across the world. Tune into this episode to learn more about this special program. Will a GIFT Box come to your city next?

Don’t forget — Register for the Ensure Justice Conference today! Join us to discuss human trafficking on March 6-7, 2015.

 

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United Nations GIFT Box

STOP THE TRAFFICK

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Dr. Sandra Morgan’s new blog – Find additional show notes here

 

 

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Student Post: 4 reasons students should join Ensure Justice 2015

Janell Koide is a senior Psychology major at Vanguard University. She became a Women’s Studies Minor when she joined the 2014 Summer Study Abroad course in Medellin, Colombia, and interns in the GCWJ offices.

Human trafficking can go by many names and include many faces. The Federal Strategic Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking defines human trafficking as “a crime that involves the exploitation or a person for the purpose of compelled labor or a commercial sex act,” or modern day slavery.

As a student, the thought of this injustice angers me, and its growing prevalence in the United States brings heaviness to my heart. The International Labour Organization states that it is difficult to accurately measure the magnitude of human trafficking worldwide, but the minimum begins at 20 million. That’s 20 million fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, daughters, and sons “victimized by forced labor and sex trafficking worldwide,” and the United States is not exempt (Federal Strategic Action Plan).

So what do we as students do upon hearing this tragic news? We can learn more about the issue. We must educate ourselves so that we may be able to effectively offer our services to help cure this disease at its core, rather than hastily provide short-term band-aid solutions. Removing the victim is only a step in the process. Aiding the survivor in their recovery and introduction to a life free of exploitation is just as important. It is a complex, multifaceted issue that may overwhelm you with wonders of “What can I do?”

This year, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice welcomes experts on the issue for the 2015 Ensure Justice Conference on March 6-7. The theme of the conference this year is Coordination, Collaboration, Capacity, and Compassion: What’s your role in the plan?, based on the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States. The purpose of the Plan is to provide government and community agencies with tangible steps to provide services to victims of human trafficking in the United States, which “includes steps to create a victim services network that is comprehensive, trauma-informed, and responsive to the needs of all victims” (Federal Strategic Action Plan).

So, why should students join Ensure Justice this year?

  1. Meet and Network with leaders and members of organizations combatting human trafficking – Ensure Justice provides students one-on-one opportunities to connect with leaders fighting this issue locally, nationally, and globally.
  2. Fulfill the requirement for Women’s Studies Minor – The Women’s Studies minor at Vanguard offers us as students a chance to learn from professionals in the community – professionals who will be our supervisors, mentors, and colleagues when we leave VU.
  3. Get a unit – Register for the 1 unit course! One weekend commitment with some pre- and post-conference reading and assignments.
  4. Find YOUR place in the fight to end human trafficking – This conference gives us a chance to see what is going on in the community, and where our skills and passions can be used. What does it mean to counsel victims or work in law enforcement? What do human trafficking ministries look like? The conference offers the chance to discover what the right place is for each of us.
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93: Examining 928 Opportunities Using Time-Tested Principles [PODCAST]

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What do you bring to the table? Slavery is a global issue with estimates of 20-35 million people enslaved today. With such a huge problem, what can you do? GCWJ Director Dr. Sandra Morgan and Board Member Dave Stachowiak discuss 928 opportunities for you to get involved in the fight to end human trafficking. How can you leverage your skills and make a difference in your community? This episode shares examples of how Dave used his specific skill set to get involved in anti-trafficking work in partnership with the Global Center for Women and Justice.

 

Want additional resources? Check out our list below, and Dr. Morgan’s new blog!

The Freedom Collaborative

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Dr. Sandra Morgan’s new blog – Find additional show notes here

Ending Human Trafficking Podcast 57 - Don’t Reinvent the Wheel!

Ending Human Trafficking Podcast 71 - A Dozen Myths About Human Trafficking (Part 1)

Ending Human Trafficking Podcast 72 – A Dozen Myths About Human Trafficking (Part 2)

 

 

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92: Victims with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities [PODCAST]

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GCWJ Director Dr. Sandra Morgan and Board Member Dave Stachowiak discuss an important issue that is often overlooked when working with victims of human trafficking – victims with developmental delays. The Office of Victims of Crime has developed a great resource that examines the issue of working with victims who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and the best practices to implement to best serve this population. How are these victims identified? How can the community support these victims? Learn important skills involving listening to language, paying attention to non-verbal communication, and choosing appropriate expectations when working with developmental delays. Listen to this episode and learn more about this important topic.

 

Resources:

Office of Victims of Crime Website

OVC Webinar on Victims with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities

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91: Rescue and the Stages of Change [PODCAST]

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Rescuing victims is often simplified. If you take the person out of commercial sexual exploitation, there is an assumption and relief that they will be ok, yet it is crucial to understand there is much more to the process than just rescue. Global Center for Women and Justice Director Dr. Sandra Morgan and Board Member Dave Stachowiak discuss in this episode of the Ending Human Trafficking podcast that removing someone from exploitation is only one step in a process called Stages of Change. Stages of Change is a cycle that requires multiple steps that often take years to finally help a survivor establish a successful future. It is not only focused on the external change, but also the internal transition that a CSEC victim experiences. Tune into this episode to learn more about the six steps in the Stages of Change cycle and how to navigate the difficult path of rescue and restoration.

 

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90: Community Engagement Part 2: Be a Voice, Make a Difference [PODCAST]

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In this episode, GCWJ Director Dr. Sandra Morgan and Board Member Dave Stachowiak continue their discussion of Community Engagement, shifting focus from collaboration to being a voice and making a difference. Dr. Morgan shares insight on the importance of taking time to listen and know your audience before you speak or take action. As leaders in the field, it is important to remain ethical and maintain integrity as we work to end human trafficking and prevent more from being enslaved in our world. When it is time to take action, don’t forget to assess your community and don’t reinvent the wheel! Be aware of your resources and opportunities to join existing organizations in order to impact your community. Tune into this episode to learn more and hear Dr. Morgan’s advice to increase your impact in the fight to end human trafficking.

 

Resources:

Blue Campaign Resources

Health and Human Services – Toolkits Order Posters and Materials for Free!  

FAAST Resources

US State Department Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking 

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OCHTTF Holiday Gift Project 2014

The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force’s annual holiday gift program is underway, and they need your help!
Here is a story to highlight why our holiday program is such a special and important part of reaching out to victims every year:

“Sara”, a client, was a victim of trafficking and suffered much abuse. She had been repeatedly let down, time and again, and did not trust us because of how often others had previously failed her, including the systems that had tried to help her in the past. Sara had a hard time trusting her case manager and opening up to her, and was rarely able to even communicate her needs to us because of the walls she had put up to protect herself from further disappointment. Last year we asked her to give us a wish list of items that she and her daughter would like for the holidays. Her response to receiving the gifts was nothing short of a transformation. Sara was significantly impacted by the generosity of those who donated the items she requested, and she was moved because she was receiving a gift without the expectation of having to give anything in return. Sara’s whole demeanor changed after this and was able to open up to us about her story, needs, and develop a trusted relationship with her case manager. Sara wrote us a very touching thank you note, which is attached, sending both her and her daughter’s thanks. The drawing on the left is from her daughter. The thank you letter is a reminder that all of the collective help, work, and donations have made direct impacts on the lives on victims.

There are 2 ways you can help OCHTTF with the holiday season:
GIFT CARDS. $25 Target or Walmart gift card. The gift cards will allow clients to exercise the ability to freely shop for gifts for themselves and their family. Please mail or drop the gift cards off at CSP no later than December 12, 2014
Community Service Programs
1221 E. Dyer Rd. Ste. 120
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Attention: OCHTTF Holiday Project

WISH LISTS. We have about 40 clients and immediate family members who will be receiving gifts wrapped and delivered to their doorsteps this year. You can purchase selected gift items from the wish list or sponsor a client. Please do not buy gifts outside of the wish lists. If you or a group you know would like to help out this holiday season please contact our lead volunteer, Cheryl Pittluck, cpittluck@vcfanaheim.com for further instructions. Gifts will be wrapped and delivered the week of December 15th.

For questions or if you would like to donate this year, please contact Cheryl Pittluck at cpittluck@vcfanaheim.com

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89: Community Engagement Part 1 [PODCAST]

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In this episode of the Ending Human Trafficking Podcast, GCWJ Director Dr. Sandra Morgan, and Board Member Dave Stachowiak discuss an important part of the mission of GCWJ – Study the Issues. When discussion what your role is in the fight to end human trafficking, it is important to be prepared and understand the issue in a way that creates level ground for all participating, or in other words, language matters. It is important to understand what our government laws say and use the same types of terminology in order to support best practice models. This episode is full of resources and tools to help you speak the common language and work towards the prevention of human trafficking.

 

Resources:

Actions, Means, and Purpose chart by Polaris- The AMP Model

Blue campaign – Awareness Training 

Health and Human Services – Toolkits & Order Posters and Materials for Free!  

FAAST Resources

US State Department Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking 

 

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Women in Leadership Series: Lisa Hughes

Join us on Monday, November 17 for the Women in Leadership Series with our special guest Lisa Hughes. Lisa is a founding partner at the helm of the Hughes & Hughes family law practice. As both an attorney and a certified public accountant for nearly 30 years, Mrs. Hughes excels in all areas of family law and is well-versed in the complex legal and financial issues facing today’s families. As a trial lawyer, she has few equals in addressing financial issues.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from a leader in the field of law in Orange County. Chapel Credit is offered for students in attendance.

Women in Leadership Series: Lisa Hughes
Monday, November 17
6:30 pm
Great Commission Hall
Heath Academic Center

 

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88: A Keynote Address with Jody Hassett Sanchez [PODCAST]

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On Saturday, September 13, 2014, the Global Center for Women and Justice hosted the annual More Priceless Than Diamonds Luncheon. Jody Hassett Sanchez provided her keynote address to our attendees, sharing about her work on a special documentary titled SOLD: Fighting the New Global Slave Trade. Jody is an acclaimed news and documentary producer, with over 17 years of experience in network television, most recently at ABC. She has covered religion, culture, and education for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and filed stories for Nightline. Prior to joining ABC News, Hassett Sanchez traveled the globe with CNN for almost twelve years as the State Department producer.

 

Resources:

SOLD the film

 

Human Trafficking Resources

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