Our own Dr. Sandra Morgan has been appointed to a two-year term as a Member of the Public-Private Partnership Advisory Council to End Human Trafficking. The Public Private Partnership Advisory Council was established by Senate Bill 1312, a bipartisan legislative mandate of the reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Projection Act (TVPA). The Advisory Council ensures US government policies and programs use best practices in their victim prevention, rehabilitation and aftercare efforts.
Dr. Morgan fully understands the connection between foster care and trafficking—hence the title of this column she co-authors, “Connecting The Dots Between Foster Care And Trafficking.” She is taking the message to Washington DC that you cannot stop child sex trafficking without doing a national review of foster care.
Dr. Morgan advances the status of women and at-risk victim populations through advocacy, education, and policy. Her research at the University of Duhok in Iraq built capacity for women and resulted in training for government, law enforcement, and university leaders in combating human trafficking. Dr. Morgan created and is the voice behind the Ending Human Trafficking podcast, which was started in 2011 and has more than 200 interviews with local, national and international counter-trafficking professionals, survivors, educators, prosecutors, judges, and international advocates. Currently, Dr. Morgan provides action research for three federal Human Trafficking Task Forces.
Dr. Morgan demonstrates more than two decades supporting global partnerships and implementing high impact education and training interventions globally, including projects in Iraq, Zambia, Thailand, Australia, Kenya, Rwanda, Greece, Ecuador, Argentina, Russia, Germany, Romania, Spain, and Italy. GCWJ partners with global, regional and local partners including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, regional government and faith-based organizations to enhance anti-trafficking, victim-centered capacities by training community leaders, healthcare professionals, law enforcement and justice officials.
Dr. Morgan is honored to join the Advisory Council, which will give her the opportunity to advocate for victims and to encourage a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to national anti-trafficking efforts.
The reports of the Public-Private Partnership Advisory Council to End Human Trafficking will be submitted to the groups below and will inform federal policies and programs centered on combatting human trafficking conform to best practices in the field of human trafficking prevention, and rehabilitation and aftercare of human trafficking victims.
Senate and House Appropriations Committees
Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and House Homeland Security Committees
Senate and House Judiciary Committees
Chair of the President’s Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking
Members of the Senior Policy Operating Group
Dr. Morgan was a young RN in an ER many years ago when a 14 year old boy was brought in with injuries for which there was no terminology. She knew that the child had been sexually abused, but had no words to properly chart what she knew. She has worked since then to name the evil she fights and, more importantly, to prevent it. This appointment is the culmination of a lifetime of work against child sex trafficking. Progress will be made. Sandie is one of us, so all of us “foster alumni” will be heard!