October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2015 Events

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GLOBAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND JUSTICE

OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

Continuing the legacy of our friend Dr. Elizabeth Leonard, join the Global Center for Women and Justice on several events to discuss and seek to end domestic violence. All events are free to attend. Questions? Contact gcwj@vanguard.edu or x6360

 

HEALING AND RECONCILIATION, SPECIFICALLY FOR WOMEN

Monday, October 5

10:00am

Smith Hall 101

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International Peacemaker Sushma Ramswami from India, comes from the Church of North India and works in communications and with an ecumenical network. Her expertise lies in poverty, human trafficking, healing and reconciliation. She has worked closely with the so-called “untouchables” or “Dalits”, marginalized people.
Chapel Credit Offered

 

SPEAKING TO HIGH SCHOOLERS

Monday, October 12

10:00am

Heath 105

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Join Live2Free and the GCWJ for guest speaker Stacy Deeble-Reynolds from the Orange County Department of Education who will give a talk on how to speak to high schoolers about domestic violence.

 

VIOLENCE AND CHILDHOOD

Monday, October 19

10:00am

Smith Hall 101

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Join Live2Free and the GCWJ for guest speaker Janelle Joes from the Orange County Department of Education. She will be speaking about violence and childhood.
Chapel Credit Offered

 

LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION

Friday, October 23

7-8pm

Library

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Join the Global Center for an opening night reception for Life Without Parole which featuresDr. Elizabeth Leonard’s research on-stage.

 

WHITE RIBBON AGAINST PORNOGRAPHY WEEK

October 26-30

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Join Live2Free and the GCWJ for White Ribbon Week again Pornography. Giant white ribbons will be wrapped around every tree on campus for the week and a table with resources will be available at the caf for people with questions.

 

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109: Prevention – Saving up for a Rainy Day [PODCAST]

During this episode, Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak discuss the two divisions of developmental assets which are internal and external assets. External assets focus on positive experiences from the people and experiences in a young person’s life such as family support, adult relationships, caring neighborhoods, and family involvement in schooling. Internal assets focus on individual qualities that guide positive choices and develop a sense of confidence, passion, and purpose. Internal assets come with time and internal assets give children motivation to achieve, have a positive approach to school and homework. External assets must support internal achievement.  Sandra states that we have the power to help a child develop internal assets by encouraging them by spending time with them.  We can be strategic at an earlier point in someone’s story so they will never become a statistic. Instead, look at shifting from fixing problems to promoting strengths. Sandra and Dave encourage listeners to become a part of a developmental external asset for a child, which is the key to prevention. You can be involved in the community around the child, involved in how children use their time, and empowering efforts. You have the ability to change a child’s life by just being involved and encouraging them. A good place to start is with your local schools; find out what their strategies are. Secondly, we can’t prevent all adversity in the lives of children that are in our care, thus it is imperative to understand how to protect children from the worst ravages of adversity and how to promote positive development when rearing conditions are not optimal. Remember to study the issues, be a voice, and make a difference.

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Resources:

External Developmental Asset Chart

Ordinary Magic: Resilience in Development by Ann S. Masten

Dr. Sandra Morgan’s new blog

Global Center for Women and Justice

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108: Survivor Voices – Code Red Films [PODCAST]

During this episode, Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak welcome Grant Knisely, the director and producer for the film Untouchable: Children of God. The film is based in Nepal and focuses on the lives of young girls who were past victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Grant explains how he began working with human trafficking victims four years ago where he learned about the dark “culture” of human trafficking and exploitation. His passion to work with victims and fight for social justice issues compelled him to direct and create films to raise awareness on this serious issue and change the way the media looks at real world situations. He then created Code Red Films to highlight the stories of victims as to way to join the effort against social injustices.

The film, Untouchable: Children of God, focuses directly on the girls who are being trafficked from Nepal to India. This film gave an opportunity for these young girls to tell their stories and empower survivors to keep going.  In this film, they highlight the causes and realize the root of the issue behind modern day slavery in Nepal.  This podcast educates listeners about the root causes of human trafficking and what we can do to make a difference to abolish slavery and human trafficking in our generation. In order to make a difference, we must understand that education is the cornerstone for change. Once we gain knowledge on this issue, then we can start working to bring change and end human trafficking.

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Film: Untouchables: Children of God

Code Red Films

Dr. Sandra Morgan’s new blog

Global Center for Women and Justice

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2015 Human Trafficking Podcast Toolkit #3

Lean about the issues surrounding human trafficking so that you can begin to study the issues, be a voice, and make a difference in ending it. Host a “Study the Issues” group using on of the GCWJ Human Trafficking toolkits. Here is toolkit #3 to help you get started:

TOOLKIT #3 – Human Trafficking and Health

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 5 podcasts on various health issues associated with human trafficking. Also included is an article by Dr. Laura J. Lederer and Christopher A. Wetzel on the health consequences of human trafficking victims to include in your discussion. Then send us feedback on how you used what you learned. gcwj@vanguard.edu

  1. Health Consequences of Human Trafficking  - Link to Podcast
  2. The Role of Psychologists: The APA Report on Trafficking of Women and Girls- Link to Podcast
  3. Victims with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities – Link to Podcast
  4. Why Healthcare Providers Matter and What They – Link to Podcast
  5. Physiology of Children in Human Trafficking – Link to Podcast
  6. Article: Health Consequences of Sex Trafficking and Their Implications for Identifying Victims in Healthcare Facilities

 

GCWJ hosts U.S. State Department Fellow

 

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U.S. State Department Fellow, Iris Aliaj

Iris was selected for a Fellowship as a U.S State Department Leader in the Community Solutions Program for her outstanding work defending domestic violence and human trafficking victims. As a human rights lawyer at Center for Legal Civic Initiatives (NGO) in Albania, she works daily to increase the access of poor and violated women in the justice system.

Since September 2008, she has been providing free legal services for up to 15 victims of domestic violence per day. She was part of the team that prosecuted the first case on human trafficking in Albania and won compensation for the victim. She is also involved in studying, monitoring reports, conferences and training to democratize and make the justice system in Albania more effective.

She works to undertake and support initiatives for improving legislation and lobbying and drafting laws and State policies in the field of protection of human rights focusing on gender equality, discrimination, the fight against domestic violence, the fight against corruption and trafficking of human beings.

During her fellowship program, Iris will work closely with NGOs, public and private institutions, Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, and justice officials. The focus of her work will result in the organization of a SUMMIT in Tirana, Albania. Upon her return to Albania, Iris ALIAJ will combine her new knowledge and experience in organizing a SUMMIT to combat human trafficking in her country.

 

 

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107: Argentina GCWJ Country Study & Ensure Justice [PODCAST]

During this episode, Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak talk about the Argentina Study Abroad trip that the Global Center for Women and Justice conducted with several Vanguard University students during the summer. As part of the study abroad trip, the students participated in the Asegurar Justicia conference, a replica of the Ensure Justice conference hosted annually by the GCWJ. The Asegurar Justicia conference had over a hundred and twenty leaders learning about the issues of human trafficking including teachers, professors, law enforcement, healthcare providers, social workers, as well as attorneys and faith based leaders from four provinces in Argentina. Participants also came from Chile, Ecuador, and Colombian helping to build a regional awareness on human trafficking.

Dr. Morgan and Dave discuss the importance of being part of a country study abroad. This experience offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge, advocacy, relationships, and action. Students also learn that the first important step to building partnership is respect. Dr. Morgan encourages students to go overseas and learn about different countries and build relationships. Students are the secret ingredient to doing study abroad work because it is their job to learn and ask questions. Take advantage of the opportunities given at your school to learn about different countries and research how you can help make a difference.

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Resources:

UN Trafficking in Persons 2014 Report

Hands That Heal

Asegurar Justicia

Book: From the Roots Up

Dr. Sandra Morgan’s new blog

Global Center for Women and Justice

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106: Health Consequences of Human Trafficking [PODCAST]

On this episode of the Ending Human Trafficking Podcast, GCWJ Director Sandra Morgan and Board Member Dave Stachowiak welcome Laura Lederer, President of Global Centurion Foundation. Dr. Lederer is an attorney, was in the state department, and has been instrumental in developing national and international policy around human trafficking.

Dr. Lederer addresses some of the health consequences of human trafficking through research she conducted with a focus group with survivors. She discovered that these victims had several health issues and about 87% sought our healthcare at a variety of health facilities, hospitals, and community clinics for physical, mental and reproductive issues. Healthcare providers have been caring for these victims unaware that they were caring for human trafficking victims and then returning them back to their traffickers. Find out more about the research findings uncovered in Dr. Lederer’s research.

Also, learn how health care providers can assist in the efforts to end human trafficking and be a patient advocate for these victims. As Dr. Lederer’s research indicates, 87% of healthcare providers provide care to these victims and might not know it.  Healthcare providers can play an important role in identifying the indicators of human trafficking victims, setting up a number of protocols to treat, how to provide referrals to these victims, and how to report these crimes.

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Resources:

Global Centurion

Polaris Project

National Human Trafficking Resource Center

1-888-373-7878

Article: Health Consequences of Sec Trafficking and Their Implications for Identifying Victims in Healthcare Facilities

PowerPoint: Health Effects of Human Trafficking

Dr. Sandra Morgan’s new blog

Global Center for Women and Justice

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105: What You Need to Know About Statistics [PODCAST]

On this episode of the Ending Human Trafficking Podcast, GCWJ Director Sandra Morgan and Board Member Dave Stachowiak discuss how statistics should be perceived as within the issue of ending human trafficking. There is a push for data driven decision making when discussing and combating human trafficking. How and what data is being used in the agenda to fight human trafficking? The Washington Post addresses how data driven decision making is impacted, how it is arrived, and what data is being used. Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post Fact-Checker, raises the question about the agenda to fight human trafficking in an article entitled, “The false claim that human trafficking is a ’9.5 billion business’ in the United States“. Kessler is drawing attention to how these statistics in arrived at and how it has made it’s way into the legislative floor in Washington D.C. Statistics becomes a complicated issue within the area of trafficking and individuals need to be careful about using statistics that are reliable and trustworthy.

In a 2008 report released by Crimes Against Children Research Center called, “How Many Juveniles Are Involved in Prostitution in the U.S.?”, it provides educated guesses or extrapolations of the number of statistics of juvenile prostitutes but the report cautions and advices in bold letters to not cite these numbers. The use of statistics must be used with caution and accuracy because it can at times hurt the argument in the fight to end human trafficking.

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Resources:

Washington Post: The false claim that human trafficking is a ’9.5 billion business’ in the United States

Crimes Against Children Research Center Report: How Many Juveniles Are Involved in Prostitution in the U.S.?

Covenant House Report: Homeless, Sexual Sex and Human Trafficking

Orange County Human Trafficking Taskforce

Podcast 15: Homelessness and Human Trafficking – How They Connect

Podcast 41: Preventing Trafficking by Preventing Homelessness

Child Abuse Statistics in Orange County

Dr. Sandra Morgan’s new blog

Global Center for Women and Justice

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Christians for Biblical Equality Conference in L.A.

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“Becoming New: Man and Woman Together in Christ”

 

Interested in learning more about evangelical biblical equality? Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) will be hosting their 2015 international conference in L.A. this July. The theme of the conference is based on verse 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (TNIV).

Established in 1988, CBE has been an advocate from its beginnings for biblical justice and community that sees men and women share leadership and authority equally. This year’s conference will focus on issues central to CBE— breaking down prejudices and gender barriers in the home, church, and world. Learn from dynamic, multi-ethnic and diverse aged speakers, and connect with others passionate about making room for the gifts of both women and men in the church.

Vanguard students and GCWJ Board Members will be in attendance at this year’s conference. Dr. Sandra Morgan, director of the Global Center for Women and Justice, will present in one of the workshops. To view the list of workshops, click here.

The conference is from July 24-26 at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel. There is still time to register for the conference! Register here.

CBE is also offering partial and full scholarships for student based on need. For more information, visit the conference webpage. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

 

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104: The Role of Psychologists: The APA Report on Trafficking of Women and Girls [PODCAST]

On this episode of the Ending Human Trafficking Podcast, GCWJ Director Sandra Morgan and Board Member Dave Stachowiak discuss the efforts by the American Psychological Association around trafficking and focus their discussion on an report put out by the APA entitled, “Report of the Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls from their Women’s Programs Office in Washington D.C. “

The APA executive summary does a great job in summarizing the many issues of human trafficking with a specific focus and perspective on psychologists. The report discusses the role of the psychologists and provides great recommendations including the need for additional research by psychologist to know more about this issue. Education and training are also important recommendations made in the report. Listen to the podcast to learn more about the other recommendations offered by the APA in this report and the 10 guiding principles.

Recommendations from the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States:

1. Examine your own assumptions and biases towards at-risk groups (labor or sex trafficking victims)

2. Be culturally sensitive

3. There is no one size fits all approach

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Resources:

Executive Report: APA Report of the Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls from their Women’s Programs Office in Washington D.C.

Full Report: APA Report of the Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls from their Women’s Programs Office in Washington D.C.

Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States

Dr. Sandra Morgan’s new blog

Global Center for Women and Justice

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