A Partnership Of Peace

PricelessLuncheonEDITED-41In the midst of a contentious election year, the concept of sustainable peace may seem like nothing more than campaign rhetoric. But the team at the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University is reaching across the world and even governments—even across faiths—to create a partnership of peace and hope.

From this private Christian university’s collaborative work with Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad starting this July, to the partnership integrating women’s studies at the University of Duhok in Iraq, the Global Center for Women and Justice is breaking down barriers by building up relationships. Locally, the Global Center holds annual workshops, conferences and fundraisers in Orange County to gather local leaders, students, teachers and child welfare professionals to develop skills in identifying and preventing human trafficking.

This is just one piece of the complex puzzle that Dr. Sandra Morgan, director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, has been working on in her advocacy for advancing the global status of women. In 2010, Dr. Morgan became the director of Vanguard’s Global Center for Women and Justice, and her international partnerships with governments and universities have facilitated women’s equality around the globe. These partnerships have given resources to law enforcement and community leaders here in the U.S.

“Justice is priceless, and in justice, there must be resolve. That is our job,” said Dr. Morgan. “We need to educate every teacher, school-based professional, probation officer, healthcare provider, and child welfare worker because this happening in our own community.”

PricelessLuncheonEDITED-18For now 14 years, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice has provided training and resources to enable leaders in promoting justice for victims of human trafficking and modern day slavery. With over 21 million people living in slavery today, the Global Center works diligently in their efforts to end human trafficking and the cyber-exploitation of women and children in Orange County and worldwide.

One of the Global Center’s largest fundraising events of the year is the annual Priceless luncheon. This year’s event will be held Saturday, September 17 at 11:30 a.m. at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, where 300-400 are expected to be in attendance. The luncheon raises awareness around the issue of human trafficking, and supports the Global Center’s programs in education, prevention, training, and advocacy.

This year’s keynote speaker for the Priceless luncheon will be Ernie Allen, founding chairman, former president and CEO for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. During his tenure, more than 180,000 missing children were recovered and the recovery rate increased from 62% in 1990 to 97% in 2012. Allen created the national 24-hour missing children hotline; brought age progression, facial reconstruction and other forensic resources to law enforcement; and provided training for more than 300,000 police officers.

During the luncheon each year, three distinguished recipients of the Diamond Award are honored for their efforts in pursuing justice for women and children in the Orange County community. The 2015 Diamond Award winners included Orange County Transportation Authority’s Human Trafficking Campaign “Be The One,” as well as Kyla Smith, director of The Dream Center’s Project Home for Victims of Human Trafficking. Human trafficking survivors from New Delhi, India, Pabitra Sunar, Chandrakala Badi, and Devisara Badi were also honored with the Director’s Youth Award for their work in advocacy for marginalized women in India. Through sponsorship and donations at last year’s luncheon, over $200,000 was raised for local and global advocacy and education programs.

To attend this year’s Priceless luncheon on Saturday, September 17 at 11:30 a.m. at the Island Hotel, visit www.vanguard.edu/gcwj.

To learn more about joining the Global Center for Women and Justice in creating a partnership of peace and advancing the global status of women, visit www.vanguard.edu/gcwj.

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