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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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 “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.

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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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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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