Global Center for Women & Justice
Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard Universtity 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, California, 92626
The Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University faith-based organization that exists to advance the global status of women through research, education, advocacy, collaboration and hope. The Global Center for Women & Justice promotes gender reconciliation and the inherent dignity of all persons. As an academic center, GCWJ is committed to developing educational resources to promote best practice and data-driven decision making and serving our community as a clearinghouse for information on women’s issues in a multidisciplinary approach.
Ending Human Trafficking Podcast
The Global Center for Women and Justice launched the Ending Human Trafficking podcast in April 2011 and it has passed the 160 podcast milestone as of January 2018. Our mantra is Study the Issues. Be a voice. Make a difference. We believe that if you do not study first, you may say or do the wrong thing. The National Family and Youth Services Clearinghouse promoted EHT as “a good way to get up to speed on human trafficking”. Our audience includes students, community leaders, and even government leaders. EHT listeners come from all corners of the world, which accomplishes our mission of building a global community that works together to end human exploitation.
Ensure Justice Conference
Ensure Justice is a two-day conference focused on equipping teachers, law enforcement, students, and community members to protect and intervene for women and children at high-risk of exploitation and violence. Understanding the contributing factors of human trafficking that run deep will inform innovative strategies for future prevention.
This year, the Ensure Justice Conference will be held in Costa Mesa, California on March 2-3, 2018. The theme of our 2018 conference is Substance Abuse and Human Trafficking. Our goal is to bring together experts on the subject matter, foster learning, and provoke conversations that grow collaborative efforts.
Sandra Morgan is recognized globally for her expertise on combatting human trafficking and working to end violence against women. She began her anti-trafficking work in Athens, Greece where she served on the Board of the Athens International Nurses Association. She has also served as the Administrator of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) before returning full-time to Vanguard in order to extend global impact and build capacity for research, education and advocacy directly related to the exploitation of women and children. She partners with the Ministry of Higher Education in Baghdad, Iraq to build capacity for women in Higher Education Leadership. She also continues to provide resources for community and law enforcement training on human trafficking and violence against women in northern Iraq.
For five years she has produced the bimonthly “Ending Human Trafficking” podcast which was recognized by The National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth, Dept. of Health and Human Services as a great way to “get up to speed on human trafficking.” As Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ), she oversees the Women’s Studies Minor as well as teaching Family Violence and Human Trafficking. She launched a 12 unit Anti Human Trafficking online Certificate program in 2016 to prepare professionals who are already on the frontline and prepare students with best practice principles and knowledge. She also serves on Foreign Affairs Chair Congressman Ed Royce’s Anti Human Trafficking Advisory Committee.
Ivana Shepard, GCWJ Coordinator
Brittany Skiles, Administrative Assistant
Brittany Skiles is the Administrative Assistant at The Global Center for Women and Justice.
Brittany grew up in Modesto, California and went to Modesto Junior College out of high school. She moved to Southern California to transfer to Vanguard University to complete her degree in Sociology. In her first semester of attending Vanguard, she declared a Women’s Studies Minor and started taking classes under Dr. Sandra Morgan, Director of the Global Center for Women and Justice. Her focus of interest in college were women in the workplace and human trafficking. As a student, Brittany joined the Live2free club which educates young people about human trafficking and how to take an active role as a consumer to minimize demand for slave labor. She led the club as Student President for one year and then continued to work as a student worker for GCWJ.
Brittany earned her Bachelors from Vanguard University in December 2015, as a member of the National Sociological Honors Society, Alpha Kappa Delta. She began working as a temp for the Global Center in January 2016 and was hired full time as the Administrative Assistant in March 2016. Brittany is recently married and plans to continue living in Orange County to pursue a career in the anti-trafficking field.