72: A Dozen Myths About Human Trafficking (Part 2) [PODCAST]

Episode 72 of the Ending Human Trafficking Podcast is the continuing installment of episode 71: A Dozen Myths About Human Trafficking. The Polaris Project compiled a list of myths and misconceptions many believe about human trafficking and GCWJ Director Sandie Morgan and Westminster Police Department’s Deputy Chief Derek Marsh discuss these myths and misconceptions from Polaris Project, as well as two additional myths not included on the top 10 list. Deputy Chief Marsh worked  on Orange County’s local anti-trafficking efforts since 2003, including co-chairing the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force for nine years.

Listen to the conclusion of this special two-part Ending Human Trafficking Podcast episode on trafficking myths. Share with us on Facebook or Twitter what myths about Human Trafficking you most often hear in your fight to end modern day slavery. Let us know if this episode helped debunk a myth for you!

Don’t forget to register today for your spot at Ensure Justice 2014 – The early bird rate of $99 for general registration ends soon!

 

Resources:

10 myths of human trafficking from Polaris Project

Trends in Human Trafficking – Special Report from Polaris Project

 

Ensure Justice 2014 – Why is She a Slave? Global Child Trafficking: Prevention and Early Intervention

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71: A Dozen Myths About Human Trafficking (Part 1) [PODCAST]

The Polaris Project compiled a list of myths and misconceptions many believe about human trafficking, particularly what is human trafficking, who are the victims, and how victims are identified. GCWJ Director Sandie Morgan and Westminster Police Department’s Deputy Chief Derek Marsh discuss these myths and misconceptions of human trafficking. Deputy Chief Marsh worked  on Orange County’s local anti-trafficking efforts since 2003, including co-chairing the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force for nine years.

Tune into Part 1 of this special two-part Ending Human Trafficking Podcast episode on trafficking myths. Are these myths you believed? What are the most common myths that are widespread in the community you live and work? Share with us your thoughts and let us know if this episode helped debunk a myth for you!

 

Resources:

10 myths of human trafficking from Polaris Project

 

Ensure Justice 2014 – Why is She a Slave? Global Child Trafficking: Prevention and Early Intervention

GCWJ Monthly Newsletters

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Thank you to The Rick Amato Show

I want to give a big shout out to The Rick Amato Show for inviting me to be a guest as they introduced the topic of human trafficking. The stories of children who have been trafficked for sexual exploitation are especially heart wrenching. It raises questions about who the victims are, who is selling them, and who is buying a child. Perhaps the most disturbing aspect is the fact that there is demand to purchase a young person, girls and some boys. The growing number of State and Federal laws that have been passed in the past few years is evidence that this is a bi-partisan issue.

We are a community that wants to do something to end human trafficking, whether it is sex trafficking or labor trafficking. Understanding what it is, recognizing the signs and learning how to report it is important knowledge and The Rick Amato Show gave us a megaphone to reach out to millions and give out the hotline number (888-3737-888) to report suspected human trafficking, as well as to direct parents to reliable resources to learn how to protect their children from predators online.  If you want more information about the complex issues that surround this issue, please go to our website and click on resources or check out our podcast, Ending Human Trafficking.

– Sandie Morgan, Global Center for Women and Justice Director

 

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Check out our toolkits: Human Trafficking 101 and Internet Safety

70: How the Travel Industry Can Fight Human Trafficking [PODCAST]

The travel industry has a unique spot in the fight against human trafficking. Many individuals are trafficked across both local and international boundaries, and those who work in the airline, bus, and hotel industries are likely to come in contact with someone being trafficked. GCWJ Director Sandie Morgan and Board Member Dave Stachowiak discuss the different ways the travel industry can begin to provide training opportunities for their employees and make available the proper tools for the employees to report. As private citizens, we can also make a difference while we are traveling by being aware of our surroundings. Tune into this episode to learn more about fighting trafficking in the travel industry, and some of the key companies that are already committed to making a difference!

 

Resources:

Airline Ambassador Training – Human Trafficking

ECPAT Hospitality Training – Benefits

ECPAT – Companies that signed the Code of Conduct

ECPAT – Promote the Code of Conduct 

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Women Veterans Reflection for 2013

The Women Veterans Network (WVN) is a project funded by the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California.  Through a grant to Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice in tandem with its Veterans Resource Center (VRC), the Women Veteran Network uses innovative ways to provide services to veterans as they transition from military service to civilian life and employment.   Since January 2013, the Women Veterans Network has hosted a variety of educational, professional, and social event for women veterans in Orange County.

2013 events include:

  • Women Veterans Across the Decades – March Women’s History Month event
  • StrengthsFinder character assessment + dinner – July Women Veterans Forum
  • Women in Leadership: Lindsey Sin, Deputy Secretary for Women Veterans Affairs – November Women Veterans Forum + Leadership lecture
  • Brunch & Spa day – December wrap celebration

We are so grateful for the partnership with the Employees Fund of Boeing California during 2013. We have been able to connect with and build opportunities for women who served our country, a great beginning to a safety net for women veterans in Orange County. The growing connections lead to new opportunities to meet with women in the military and allow them to build relationships with each other based on their shared experiences and find the best services to meet their needs.

We are looking forward to the end-of-the-year celebration with our Women Veterans Network members, both first time attendees and our faithful supporters. The 2014 year holds opportunities to strengthen relationships and provide new educational and professional development opportunities!

 

 

2014 Toolkits to help fight Human Trafficking

Start 2014 with a plan to make a difference in Ending Human Trafficking.  Here are two toolkits to help you get started:

TOOLKIT #1 – Human Trafficking 101

Get a small group together for three weeks during National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Listen to one Ending Human Trafficking podcast a week and meet during lunch or after work to discuss it.

This toolkit includes 3 podcasts and the Orange County Human Trafficking Handout,  WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING? Then send us feedback on how you used what you learned. gcwj@vanguard.edu

  1. What is Human Trafficking? – Link to Podcast
  2. The Fourth “P” in the Trafficking in Person’s Report – Link to Podcast
  3. Partnership: Law Enforcement and Church Leaders – Link to Podcast
  4. “What Can You Do to Stop Human Trafficking?” Handout

 

TOOLKIT #2  INTERNET SAFETY

Get a small group together for three weeks during National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Listen to one Ending Human Trafficking podcast a week and meet during lunch or after work to discuss it. Then send us feedback on how you used what you learned. gcwj@vanguard.edu

3 podcasts:

  1. Ernie Allen – International Center for Missing and Exploited Children – Link to Podcast
  2. Cyber Exploitation Prevention – Link to Podcast
  3. Cyber Crimes and Brittany’s Story – Link to Podcast

Download: Netsmartz for Parents, Tip sheet for Protecting Kids

Spend some time reviewing the Netsmartz.org website.  Your tax dollars have helped produce many of these resources in collaboration with National Center for Missing and Exploited Children experts and the FBI. Then use the interactive, age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates. You will need to register to download the recommended tip sheet.

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Request Vanguard students to teach your local middle, high school or youth group about human trafficking.  Our students will share an interactive, youthful presentation about local and global modern day slavery. They use real life examples to teach about labor and sex trafficking based on force, fraud, and coercion so that your students will know the signs. Students will also learn age appropriate options to become part of ending human trafficking.

To schedule a team in Orange County during Spring Semester (January – May), please contact the Live2free School Representative: Lauren.grant@vanguard.edu or call 714.966.6360. 

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69: Cyber Crimes and Brittany’s Story [PODCAST]

 

GCWJ Director Sandie Morgan and Board Member Dave Stachowiak welcome Tracy Webb, Senior Trial Attorney, Cyber Crime and Child Abuse Policy and Prosecution for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Los Angeles, California. Tracy shares Brittany’s Story, a case that involved a 12 year-old girl from Illinois who was lured to California to become a model. Brittany’s story highlights just how vulnerable our children are when it comes to the internet. Listen to this interview and learn what Tracy suggests parents can do to help protect their children from being exploited online. Always remember: no software or privacy setting will ever make the internet 100% private!

 

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Alumni Stories: A New Lens

Alumni Story: Tina

To celebrate our 10th Anniversary, we will share monthly Alumni Stories – insight from Alumni Women’s Studies minors, Live2Free club members, and GCWJ interns over the last 10 years. 

I eventually interned in the Center during my senior year and can not count the ways that experience has influenced me and where I’ve been since graduation. Through my time with the Center in undergrad and working there after, I developed a new lens to see the world through. One with God’s eyes for His children, where He’s larger than the labels the world puts on us and He deeply loves everyone of His children; male and female, He loves us all! The spiritual aspects of the program in pair with a seeking of justice is truly what I think God is calling us to when He calls us to rebuild and restore our cities.What really set apart my time at Vanguard was the growing opportunities, mentorship, and spiritual transformation I experienced because of the Global Center for Women & Justice and the Women’s Studies minor. After my first sociology class, I just knew I had to be a Women’s Studies minor! The passion and excitement for the content we learned in and outside of the classroom was contagious, and it ignited a desire in me that I did not know I had – to seek justice.

From the first Women’s Studies conference I attended, God started working on my heart to humbly seek Him and discover it means to seek justice and love mercy. So nearly ten years since that conference, I thank God for the Center and the untold number of lives it’s changed. I can’t wait to see how God continues to grow and bless the Center.

 

Tina Kroona
B.A. 2008
Women’s Studies Minor
Former GCWJ Intern & staff

Frontline Summit: Where is the frontline against child exploitation?

Frontline Summit 2013

On November 7 – 8, 2013, the Global Center for Women and Justice hosted a two-day Frontline Summit focused on finding innovative prevention and early intervention strategies to fight commercial sexual exploitation of our children. The Summit was co-sponsored by Orange County Department of Education Safe Schools & Support Services and included 100 participants from 2 states and 5 counties comprised of judges, probation, educators, attorneys, child welfare, and  Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) volunteers. The Summit focused on identifying the gaps and barriers that contribute to exploitation of minors and developing strategies to fill those gaps. Major gaps identified include:

  • Information sharing between agencies
  • Funding
  • Victim identification strategies
  • Community awareness and engagement
  • Services and Education opportunities

After identifying major gaps, the Summit participants went on to design possible strategies to fill these gaps. One of the most common gaps, information sharing, confirmed that events like the Frontline Summit were critical in bringing together diverse groups and building multi-disciplinary teams across agencies in order to better serve high-risk children. A full report will be available once all of the recordings and notes from the proceeding have been transcribed and evaluated.  GCWJ’s student research team is analyzing each of the 24 breakout sessions in order to collect all the ideas discussed, and create a report for distribution.

Click here to see photos from the Summit!