56: Interview with Husseina Akil Bangshika [PODCAST]

During the Nigerian Women Against Violence Conference (NWAV) held May 22-24 at Vanguard University, GCWJ Director Sandie Morgan sat down with Husseina Akil Bangshika. Husseina is a Jounalist for the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria in the capital city of Abuja.

The NWAV conference was a unique blend of cross-cultural learning. The guests from Africa shared stories of violence and modern-day slavery, as well as the work currently being carried out. In turn, local Orange County professionals shared best practices and strategies for the guests to take back and implement. The conference drew over 40 individuals from Nigeria and Kenya, as well as local community members interested in learning more about the issues.

In this interview, Husseina discusses that, as some of the speakers suggest, “one of the major supplier of humans for trafficking is Africa, and by implication Nigeria being the most populous country in Africa.” As the population continues to grow and work is difficult to find, many of the rural and under-educated population accept traffickers appealing offers for “jobs.”  Education is key in impacting families being taken advantage by traffickers.

Nigeria is engaged in local efforts despite the lack of strong institutions in place. NGOs in the county, as well as the government funded National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, focus on rescuing, rehabilitating, and reintegrating survivors. But because it is a global problem, Hussenia emphasizes trafficking need global solutions. Tune in to learn more about how Nigeria is working to end human trafficking.

 

 

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55: How are We Connected to a Collapsed Bangladesh Factory? [PODCAST]

Look at the tags hanging in your closet. Made in India. Made in Indonesia. Made in Bangladesh. Could it have been made in that factory that collapsed? Approximately 74% of  human trafficking is labor trafficking.

The news has been filled with reports and heartbreaking stories of lost lives in Bangladesh April 24, 2013. More than 1,000 workers lost their lives, and it requires us to take a step back and think about how we are connected to forced or bonded labor. In this episode of the Ending Human Trafficking Podcast, Director Sandra Morgan and GCWJ Board member Dave Stachowiak take time to reflect on how, as consumers, we can respond to this tragedy. The California Supply Chain Transparency Act allows consumes to learn more about what their favorite companies do to ensure that the people involved in making the products are being treated justly and know their rights. Take time to research companies and products you use, seek out fair-trade alternatives, and be a voice to companies not doing their part to ensure that workers in their supply chain are being treated fairly. To learn more, check out the resources and share with us how you will take steps to be a voice and make a difference.

Resources:

Clothed In Misery by M.T. Anderson New York Times, April 29, 2013

The California Supply Chain Transparency Act – Department of Labor

ATEST – Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking

Podcast 45: War, Conflict, and Human Trafficking – Featuring Esther & Camille Ntoto

 

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Vanguard University signs Memorandum of Understanding with Kurdistan Regional Government

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On May 9, 2013, Vanguard University and the Ministry of Interior for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signifying a continuing partnership between the two entities. The MOU includes opportunities for future training on combating violence against women and human trafficking, as well as continuing the established higher education partnership with the University of Duhok.

Vanguard University President Carol Taylor and General Director of the Ministry of Interior for KRG Dr. Tariq Rasheed ceremonially signed the MOU in the presence of VU Provost Jeff Hittenberger, Dean of the College Mike Wilson, Global Center for Women and Justice Director Sandra Morgan, along with three Iraq team members: Sami Hussein, Mevan Abdulrahman, and Ismael Ali.

The team from the University of Duhok and the Kurdistan Regional Government visited Southern California for 10 days of training to combat violence against women and human trafficking. The group of seven men and two women attending training opportunities with Judge David Carter, Judge Douglas Hatchimonji, and Westminster Police Department’s Chief Kevin Baker and Deputy Chief Derek Marsh, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, the Child Abuse Special Teams (CAST) and the Anaheim Family Justice Center.

Please visit our Facebook Page for photos of this special event.

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Congratulations!!

Congratulations to this year’s Women’s Studies Minors!

GCWJ celebrated their accomplishments as they presented their final research projects on May 8, 2013.

Click the photo below to see the rest of the photos on our Facebook page!

 

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54: The Keys to Freedom [PODCAST]

Born in a small village in India, Anuradha Bhosale came from a lower caste and began working as a domestic servant in three homes at the age of 6. Because the families she worked for allowed her to go to school and get an education, Anuradha was able to overcome the challenges in her early years and become a grassroots human rights activist for women and children in India. In this episode of the Ending Human Trafficking Podcast, Director Sandra Morgan and GCWJ Board member Dave Stachowiak hear about Anuradha’s work with women and children in brick factories and on the streets in rural India. She works to engage them through education, helping these groups come to understand and recognize their own human rights. Anuradha shares that when the women and mothers are healthy, they can fight for justice for their children, “I think unless you save the mother, unless you work with these women, it won’t be effective to work with the children.”  For more information, check out the resources below, and share with us on Facebook what you thought of Anuradha’s special skill she learned from the children!

Resources:

Go Philanthropic – AVANI

Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute

AVANI Facebook

Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute Facebook

 

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Cancelled: Summer Human Trafficking Course

The Vanguard University Summer Session I course WMST 370: Special Topic  Combatting Human Trafficking in Southern CA has been cancelled for 2013.

Thanks to those who enrolled, we apologize for the cancellation. Look for the class to return next year!

53: My First Ensure Justice Conference [PODCAST]

This episode of the Ending Human Trafficking Podcast features an interview by Director Sandra Morgan and GCWJ Board member Dave Stachowiak with Jamil Kassab. Jamil is an Ending Human Trafficking Podcast listener, just like you! Through his work as a bus driver and teacher, he wanted to learn more about human trafficking, connecting with children on a daily basis. He decided to come from Portland to Vanguard University to attend Ensure Justice 2013 in order to learn more about human trafficking and what he can do to make a difference. Listen to Jamil’s thoughts on his time at the conference, and check out the resource links below for more information!

 

Resources:

Jamil Kassab

Rhonda Sciortino

Foster Focus Magazine – Rhonda Sciortino’s article on Ensure Justice 2013

Take 25 Campaign

 

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April OC Women Veterans Network Meeting

 

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Monthly Network Meeting

Our April Network meeting will be Wednesday April 24 from 5:30 – 7:00pm at Vanguard University. We will be having dinner together, so meet us in front of VU’s Cafe! We will
grab our meals and head into a meeting space to network and discuss the latest news and upcoming events.

RSVP to gcwj@vanguard.edu by April 23, and dinner is on us!

We’re looking for new connections with women who have served in the military — share this invite with your colleagues and friends!

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Veteran Event – Santa Ana College

On Friday April 19, join Santa Ana College for a viewing of the documentary Lioness and a panel of women veterans sharing their experience transitioning from military to civilian life. Following this event, there will be a free BBQ!

Check out this flyer for more information: Santa Ana College – Documentary + Panel

 

Friday April 19
12:30 – 4:00pm
Santa Ana College
1530 W 17th St, Santa Ana, CA
Building “A” 210
Contact: Ron Wilson, 714-824-1996

52: Cyber Exploitation Prevention: Predict, Protect, Practice, and Pray

Straight from Ensure Justice 2013, Director Sandra Morgan and GCWJ Board member Dave Stachowiak discuss the online exploitation prevention model Sandra presented during Plenary 3 of the conference. Following the P’s of prevention, Sandra focuses on 4 P’s – Predict, Protect, Practice, and Pray. The Model of Prevention provides tools to DO something. As the problems we face continue, we must find ways to predict what will happen, protect vulnerable individuals, and be prepared to take action. For additional resources and ideas, listen to Podcast 35: Internet Safety Resources for Teachers. Included below are Netsmartz.org videos that are great to share with parents, community members, and teens and children to teach the dangers of online exploitation.

Netsmartz.org Video Resources:

Cyber Bullying

Tracking Teresa

2 Kinds of Stupid

Julie’s Journey

Survivor Diaries

Amy’s Choice

Your Photo Fate 

 

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