The Island Hotel
SEPTEMBER 7, 2019
10:45 AM - 1:30PM
The Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) at Vanguard University recognizes the need for a highly diverse and collaborative environment to combat human trafficking and advance the global status of women and vulnerable populations. For sixteen years, GCWJ has provided training and resources to enable leaders to promote justice against human trafficking and modern-day slavery through education, research, advocacy, and collaboration. GCWJ carries out this mission by working with students, educators, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, and community leaders to end human trafficking and the cyber-exploitation of women and children. We provide the resources and education for the next generation to continue the fight against human trafficking and for gender equality. It fills me with pride that many of our graduates are advocates and leaders in this area, leading non-profits, working directly with vulnerable populations, and training others to combat modern-day slavery.
View sponsorship and underwriting partnership opportunities here (link to Sponsorship Packet PDF) and join the Global Center’s mission of fighting human trafficking in Orange County and around the world.
Grateful for your partnership and generosity,
Rabbi Diana S. Gerson is the Associate Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis. Since 2005, she has been successfully advancing the NYBR’s leadership role in confronting family violence, sexual abuse and exploitation, in and beyond New York. A recognized authority in the field, Rabbi Gerson has reached across faith communities to provide family violence prevention education and training to over 5000 members of the clergy, community leaders, 3000 teenagers and adults.
Rabbi Gerson has developed training programs for the New York City Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence and has educated faith leaders at the New York City Family Justice Centers. She currently serves as the interfaith liaison between the New York Board of Rabbis and the UNICEF USA, where she has worked collaboratively to develop an interfaith toolkit for the End Trafficking Initiative in addition to writing monthly newsletters and planning educational events for clergy and communal leaders, focused on child protection. In addition, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), where she was the chairperson of the Jewish Women’s Caucus.
Rabbi Gerson has spoken at conferences around the world on the topic of confronting violence against children, with a focus on the faith community’s role and responsibility in ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Most recently she was a speaker and moderator at the 5th Forum of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) in Panama City, Panama.
Rabbi Gerson was named as one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2009 by Women’s eNews. Her work in the faith community has been the focus of articles in the New York Daily News, Hadassah Magazine, Moment Magazine, Women’s eNews, and the Mann Report.
Rabbi Gerson received her Rabbinic Ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. She previously served congregations in Short Hills, NJ and Atlanta, GA.
As a faith-based organization, GCWJ seeks to create a just world where women and children are safe, respected and valued. The GCWJ carries out this mission through education, research, advocacy and collaboration, working with students, educators, law enforcement, and community leaders, to end human trafficking and the cyber-exploitation of women and children in Orange County and worldwide.
Trafficking of human beings is one of the most pressing problems of our time, tragically impacting victims not only globally but also here in our own community. The Global Center for Women and Justice provides cutting-edge education, effective strategies and collaboration with the goal in mind of ending human trafficking. By participating in Priceless, we all have the opportunity to support and encourage these efforts. All of the funds raised will ensure the continuation of the effective work the Global Center provides. For me, it is a privilege and honor to serve as Co-Chair of Priceless, 2019.
It was shocking to learn that human trafficking was happening right here in our communities. This horrific industry generates approximately 150 billion dollars annually. The Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) is making a significant impact through education, research, advocacy and collaboration with law enforcement and anti-trafficking groups locally and globally. The annual Priceless Luncheon provides an opportunity for us all to get involved, make a difference, and do something to put an end to this illicit and intolerable industry. It is truly an honor to serve as the Co-Chair for Priceless 2019.