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State Department Fellow Khot Deng

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Khot Deng is a State Department Fellow with the Community Solutions Plan and he is at GCWJ until December. The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders (fellows) working in Environmental Issues; Tolerance and Conflict Resolution; Transparency and Accountability; and, Women and Gender Issues. During this fellowship with us, he hopes to learn about programs to preserve children’s rights, and promote gender especially among women in fragmented society. Khot also wants to develop his skills and knowledge in areas of project design, project management and monitoring and evaluation. Upon returning from the Community Solutions Program, Khot plans to work to increase awareness on gender equity among different ethnic groups in his country by implementing gender awareness education seminaries and workshop. We are pleased to have him at the Global Center for Women and Justice!

As Khot grew up in multiple refugees camps in different African countries, separated by war from his family at age 7 for 20 years, his childhood experiences really inspired him to want to fight injustices for the rest of his life. He decided to work with vulnerable and marginalized groups after he graduate from high school. He began to worked with refugees youths to improve their lives, promoted justice and prevent them from drugs abuse and other harmful practices. He also worked to promote and create community awareness of rights for people with disabilities to be respected and considered by their community. He is a strong voice in his community because he stands up against the norm in a way that is very courageous.

After the signing of a peace agreement in his country (Sudan) which ended the 21 years civil war and led to secession of South Sudan (which is his country now), Khot started working with an international nongovernmental organization call “Right To Play” as a coordinator to help in the prevention of child abuse and promotion of child rights. He also helped in the demobilization and reintegration of child soldiers back to their community in which he lobbied the concerning military departments to discharge children who are forced to serve in the military.

Through his experiences of working with marginalized women in his community, Khot discovered that the state is currently failing to ensure the policy of gender equality toward women implement it in the statutory courts and constitution. The constant devaluation of women is evident in the many cases of injustice and appear to be structurally rooted by direct subordination of women in the culture. This means that there is a possibility to making change and creating a revised culture of gender equity in the community. With the appointment of few women to customary court in most South Sudanese communities, it is evident that the traditional chiefs are now open to change for the equality of women’s rights and the promotion of women in decision making. This is a sign that there is a possibility to change the way a woman’s position is viewed in these communities and Khot believes it will only happen if “we” create more awareness and promote gender equality in the communities.

In 2011, Khot observed the injustice being done to women in his own community, especially in South Sudan where 85% of the population still follows traditional norms, customs and customary law. Women are considered to be property of their husband and harmful practices like forced marriage, under-age marriage and domestic violence are commonly happening to women, yet most men and women are unaware of the injustice their cultures has caused to women. Legal conflicts are taken to traditional courts or to elders’ councils that consist primarily of men. Khot formed a national nonprofit organization in which he now serves as project development officer to help in creating awareness on women rights and empowering women in his own community and in South Sudan as whole.

During Khot’s fellowship at Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, he will be working closely to gain knowledge from private and public institutions within Orange County on how to prevent injustice, promote gender equality and then return back to his home country in South Sudan to help in improving women’s rights and equality in his community.

 

 

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130: Dr. Becca Johnson – Trauma Sensitivity 

In this episode, Director Sandra Morgan and GCWJ Board member Dave Stachowiak introduce Dr. Becca Johnson who is the International program director at Rescue Freedom International. Dr. Johnson discusses the strategy of trauma sensitivity and how it is different from trauma informed. She shares that by teaching trauma sensitive care instead of just trauma informed care, she wants people to engage their hearts and empathy, not just their head. It is not enough that they just have knowledge about what trauma is and how it affects people, but that they would truly understand as much as they can from a heart level as well.

We have to ask what’s going on with the survivor’s emotions, in the thinking processes. When this is understood, it makes outreach more effective. It breaks down barriers because those helping can understand by sharing some common thoughts and feelings. To be trauma sensitive is also being culturally sensitive which leads to being more empathetic.

Resources:

Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate Program

Global Center for Women and Justice

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129: Behind the Scenes- Preparing a Community to Rescue

In this episode, Director Sandra Morgan and GCWJ Board member Dave Stachowiak introduce Alicia Zayas who is a Vanguard Alum to discuss how to prepare a community to rescue individuals from human trafficking. Alicia shares that the best way to start out in the fight against human trafficking is to become educated about these issues and to get your community involved educationally. She touches on some of the implementation pieces that are key such as the education piece and outreach by reaching out to high schools, middle schools, youth through youth prevention summits, using training presentations, and going out and training local police departments. It’s all about studying the issues, being a voice, and making a difference. Alicia played a vital role in the successful bust of a human trafficking ring in Tulare County, California in August 2016. Read about it here, and here.

Resources:

Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate Program

Global Center for Women and Justice

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: 2016 Events

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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 and open to the community. Questions? Contact gcwj@vanguard.edu or 714-966-6360

LAURA’S HOUSE

Monday, October 3, 2016

10:00 a.m.  |  Heath 100

Guest Speaker:  Jennifer Ponce Prevention Education Manager

Chapel Credit offered

 

ED CLARK

Monday, October 10, 2016

10:00 a.m.  |  Heath 100

Professor of Sociology at Vanguard University

Topic: Domestic Violence: Examining the life experience of boys

Chapel Credit offered

 

STEPHANIE D’AURIA

Monday, October 17, 2016

10:00 a.m.  |  Heath 100

Assistant Professor of Sociology at Vanguard University

Topic: Date Rape

Chapel Credit offered


SANDRA MORGAN

Monday, October 24, 2016

10:00 a.m.  |  Heath 100

Global Center for Women and Justice

Topic: Fantasy or Reality: The Pornography Sex Trafficking Link

Chapel Credit offered

 

LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE

Friday, October 23

The American Coast Theater Company, Vanguard University’s resident professional company, in collaboration with the Global Center for Women & Justice, are proud to present the West Coast Premiere of Life Without Parole, a play that takes a look at domestic violence from the perspectives of women serving long prison sentences for killing their abusive partners. 

This show will be featured in LA for 3 weekends October 21 & 22 || 8pm October 28 & 29 || 8pm November 4 & 5 || 8pm

Tickets now on sale! $35 

Location: Edgemar Center for the Arts 2437 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405

 

WHITE RIBBON AGAINST PORNOGRAPHY WEEK

October 24-28

White Ribbon Against Pornography Week (WRAP WEEK). White ribbons will be tied around every tree on campus during this week. Live2Free will have at able at the Caf with resources on Tuesday and Thursday for people with questions.

 

 

 

 

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128: Mapping Argentina – An Interview with Father Sergio Augusto Navarro

In this episode, Director Sandra Morgan and GCWJ Board member Dave Stachowiak interview Father Sergio Augusto Navarro, while Sandie was with him in Argentina. Gilbert Contreras was the translator. Father Navarro’s research is mainly focused on human trafficking and how people of faith respond to these issues. They discuss the differences between trafficking and smuggling by separating the terminologies. Father Navarro also discusses how labor is more common in Argentina but it has become a part of normalized culture. Father Navarro shares ways to help prevent human trafficking by bringing awareness that we should not be a slave to anyone, and our faith helps us to believe that and helps other believe that as well. He desires to educate people to know that all people have rights and should demand that the justice system functions accordingly. If we believe that we are children of God, made in the image of God, then no one has the right to put power over anyone else or have the right to make someone a slave.

Resources:

Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate Program

Global Center for Women and Justice

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127: Prepare to Join the Battle

In this episode, Director Sandra Morgan and GCWJ Board member Dave Stachowiak address some general questions about human trafficking and specific events that the Global Center for Women and Justice host throughout the year. We always like to answer the questions of our listeners in a way that will benefit others who may have the same questions. We hope you enjoy this variety of conversation, learning from the expertise of Dr. Morgan.

Resources:

Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate Program

Global Center for Women and Justice

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Ministry of Higher Education: Iraq Women in Leadership Training

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2016 Priceless Luncheon Chair: Jasmine Shodja

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It is a privilege to Chair the Priceless Committee at the Global Center for Women and Justice for the second year. This is the 4th annual Priceless Luncheon to bring awareness, fundraise and help advocate against Human Trafficking in all of it’s forms.

When thinking about human trafficking, for some of us it is such an inhuman and unbelievable problem that we can’t even imagine that there are more modern day slaves in the world than ever before. The problem exists in our county, country and world.  Regardless of where victims are from, they live among as, as well as their perpetrators. Our children in this county are at risk of being victimized. With that frightening thought in mind, I asked myself “how can I, as an individual make a difference in such a horrific inhumanity which crosses all party, religious, and geographic lines?”  The only answer I found was “How could I not try?”

The work of the Global Center for Women and Justice is methodical and research-based. Individuals, schools, organizations, government agencies, law enforcement, care takers, advocates and many more have been trained through the expertise of Dr. Sandra Morgan, on how to identify and assist a victim or report a predator.  GCWJ has traveled to various schools, organizations, states and countries to help establish the foundation of human trafficking awareness and prevention, and done it selflessly. Their work has changed the way legislators and law enforcement agencies view and treat victims and their predators. The victims are now more likely than ever to have a chance at rehabilitation and restoration. They deserve to reclaim their dignity and have hope for a better future. To be a part of this transformational work is Priceless.

I’ve found that no matter how difficult my day may be, by giving a little of myself to this cause I can perhaps help keep a candle of hope alive and we could take one step further along in changing this culture.  I invite you to educate yourselves about this issue here locally and globally, learn about the efforts of GCWJ and others who are involved, and to join us at this year’s Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking on September 17, 2016. Click on the link for information to attend and support the cause. http://www.vanguard.edu/gcwj/the-priceless-luncheon/

Jasmine Shodja
Committee Chair, Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking