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This biweekly podcast will challenge you to study the issues related to human trafficking, become an educated voice in understanding this global problem, and ultimately make a difference in helping bring it to an end. Sandra Morgan, Director of the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University of Southern California and Dave Stachowiak, Board Member of the Center, explore issues in each episode that will help educate you to be a helpful voice in ending human trafficking.
 
Join me every day for Human Rights a Day. It's a journey through 365 Days of Human Rights Celebrations and Tragedies That Inspired Canada and the World. The short 2 minute readings are from my book Steps in the Rights Direction. Meet people who didn't want to be special but chose to stick their neck out and stand up for what they believed and in doing so changed our world. There's still room for you to make a difference. Start each day with something that will inspire and motivate you to tak ...
 
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The Hum is a podcast that cuts straight to the heart of human rights stories. Raw, honest and uncensored, from the people who have lived them first-hand. Real people. Real stories. Every other Tuesday.
 
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Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak are joined by Belinda Bauman. She is the founder of One Million Thumbprints and the author of the book, Brave Souls: Experiencing the Audacious Power of Empathy. Belinda shares her powerful story on what true empathy means and how we should be relating it to gender-based violence. Sympathy, apathy, and anti ...…
 
Scarlet Estrada is an activist from Venezuela and a relative of political prisoners under the Maduro regime. She joins us to discuss the confusion around the Venezuelan crisis, reframing political prisoners as hostages, and why the rise of a dictatorship is like cooking a frog.
 
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak are joined by Dr. Donna Hughes to discuss the four different legal approaches to prostitution and their impacts on society. Dr. Hughes is the founder and editor-in-chief of Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence. She shares her years of experience on this highly debated topic to better infor ...…
 
Hosts Gilad Cohen and Simona Ramkisson open up to each other on this very special episode of The Hum. Catch up on what they have been up to in their personal lives, their thoughts on “wokeness” as a brand, and what Gilad thinks about vaping.
 
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak are joined by Rachel Thomas to discuss psychological coercion. Rachel is a personal survivor of human trafficking and has extensive experience teaching, training, curriculum writing, public speaking, and mentoring. She is the director of Sowers Education Group and lead author of Ending The Game: An Interven ...…
 
Spencer West is a motivational speaker, an activist for accessibility, and an individual who lost his legs at the age of 5. He talks about growing up in Wyoming as a gay man living with a disability, the need to make Toronto more accessible, and that time he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
 
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak discuss supply chains and sustainable development with John McCarthy. John is currently the Chair of the Sydney Archdiocesan Antislavery Task Force and former Australian Ambassador to the Holy See. Together, they examine the Sydney Framework and the impact that communities across the world could have on end ...…
 
Jeremy Dutcher is an award-winning musician, activist and two-spirited Wolastoqiyik from the Tobique First Nation. He joins Gilad Cohen and special guest host Blanche Israël to discuss reconciliation vs revitalization, the role music has in keeping Indigenous languages alive, and changing misconceptions about Scorpios.…
 
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak are joined by a long time partner, Paraskevi Champeridou. Paraskevi, affectionately referred to as Voula, is the director of the Syrian Humanitarian Initiative, BRIDGES. She co-established a holistic restoration and integration approach for Syrian refugees passing into Greece daily. Together, they examine h ...…
 
Julie Francoeur is the Executive Director of FairTrade and a lifelong advocate of ending the modern day slave trade. She joins us this week to discuss how people get caught up in slavery, how it finds itself in nearly everything we own, and ways to address this ever-growing dilemma.
 
Chad Salitan joins Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak again, to further discuss the TIP Report and its special topics. Chad serves in the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons office as a Deputy Coordinator for the Reports & Political Affairs Section to lead the U.S. government’s diplomatic engagement on sex trafficking and forced labor. ...…
 
Vuyiseka Dubula-Majola is a mother of three, a woman living with HIV, and an activist for accessible treatment in South Africa. She joins us this week to discuss the process of being diagnosed with HIV, the socio-economic politics associated with treatment, and why she has so much hope for the future of activism.…
 
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak are joined by Chad Salitan, who serves in the State Department Trafficking in Persons office. As a Deputy Coordinator for the Reports & Political Affairs Section, he works on the production of the annual TIP Report. He sheds light on the TIP Report and its value, the Tier statuses, and the 2018 report’s foc ...…
 
Major Monique Brown is an eighteen-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Force and the first African American woman to hold that position. She joins us to discuss the documentary Charm City (HRFF 2018), growing up in the community she serves, and her first time trying poutine.
 
In this episode, Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak discuss the Biblical and historical story of Joseph and how it relates to human trafficking survivors today. Sandie observes how we can integrate an understanding of this ancient case study into how we fight against human trafficking and respond to survivors in our communities. Sandie looks ...…
 
Sargent Nina Usherwood is a nearly 40-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force, an inspirational speaker and a trans woman. She joins us to discuss her struggles coming out in the military, the changes she has seen in her career, and why she identifies as a “Ros-bien”.
 
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak are joined by Ramona Braganza, celebrity trainer and global fitness expert. Ramona shares her 30-year journey of wellness, and how she is using her passions and expertise to contribute to the fight against human trafficking. She shares her goal of providing real-world education and skills training in the he ...…
 
Laila Ireland is a veteran of the U.S. Army, a transgender woman, and an activist. She joins us to discuss her experience filming the documentary TransMilitary (Human Rights Film Festival Opening Film, 2018), why trans service members feel more comfortable in war zones than at home, and literally the greatest engagement story ever.…
 
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak inquire about lessons learned from The Lighthouse, a transitional living program for young women who are survivors of sex trafficking, from the program supervisor, Polly Williams. Polly has over 18 years of experience in all aspects of working with youth including those experiencing homelessness, mental hea ...…
 
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak speak with Lieutenant Joe Laramie about the difference between multidisciplinary teams for child abuse and sex trafficking, the challenges associated with MDT, and the direction we need to move forward with. Joe is the program manager with the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technica ...…
 
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak are joined by Rena Shahandeh and Anh Truong to shed light on the most infrequently discussed topic in human trafficking, labor trafficking. Rena is the Deputy City Attorney assigned to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office’s Anti-Sex and Labor Trafficking Program. She has over 20 years with the City Attorn ...…
 
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak discuss the value of collaboration with Helen Sworn, founder of the Chab Dai organization in Cambodia. Helen has provided a replicable framework that emphasizes the need for partnership in order to end human trafficking. Chab Dai established a coalition as a response to the rapid but uncoordinated growth of ...…
 
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak revisit the important influence of health care providers on human trafficking victims. They discuss new resources that have moved away from awareness, and into a more training focused aspect in order to identify and assist a trafficking victim. They discuss the significance of health care providers creating ...…
 
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak are joined by Nicole Wood, the Program Advisor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, to discuss the recently published toolkit from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign. It includes five areas of trauma-informed principles that can b ...…
 
Kelsey Galaway, the founder of Willow International, shares her strategic plan that is implemented in Uganda with Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak. She emphasizes restoration, partnership, and prevention as interrelated strategies that are necessary to work together in order to create a holistic program to combat human trafficking. Willow ...…
 
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak reflect on all that the Global Center for Women and Justice are involved with because of Ending Human Trafficking listeners! Partnerships with agencies, organizations, industries, leaders, and listeners far and near really do broaden the message for ending human trafficking and support the vision of the GCW ...…
 
Syrus Marcus Ware is an artist, activist and core member of Black Lives Matter Toronto. He joins us to discuss his experience as a trans father, how he uses art for social change, and why Canadians have a hard time addressing their own history of anti-black racism.
 
Joining Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak to discuss holistic care is Stephanie Taylor. Stephanie is the Program Coordinator for The Salvation Army’s Anti-Trafficking Services Program in Orange County, is part of the core leadership team for the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, and is an Adjunct Professor at Vanguard University t ...…
 
Alice Kim was the daughter of two high ranking government officials in North Korea before defecting as a one year old. She joins us this week to discuss how defecting from North Korea affected her family, the normalization of Kim Jong-un, and her hopes for an re-unified Korea.
 
For part two, Dr. Jackie Parke joins Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak again to further discuss resilience in adversity. Jackie is a licensed psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Vanguard University in Southern California who focuses on resilience-building among youth, evidence-based treatment for mental health disorders, and r ...…
 
Lia Grimanis is an autistic survivor of abuse who went from homeless teen to business leader and advocate. She joins us this week to discuss our misunderstandings about mental health and homelessness, why people with autism are especially vulnerable and which world records she broke in high heels.
 
Dr. Jackie Parke joins Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak to discuss the role of resilience in lives with high-risk factors. Jackie is a licensed psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Vanguard University in Southern California who focuses on resilience-building among youth, evidence-based treatment for mental health disorders, an ...…
 
Colleen Cardinal is a mother, author, and survivor of the Sixties Scoop. She joins us this week to talk about how she perceived being Indigenous as a child, intergenerational trauma, and how Canada has failed to address its past treatment of Indigenous peoples.
 
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak invite Sara Catalan, deputy chief of staff, to the show. They discuss women in government and how that impacts human trafficking. As well as how women can take steps to get more engaged with politics. When crafting policy for the future, it’s important to know history in order to avoid repeating the mistake ...…
 
Before becoming a world renowned hip-hop sensation and activist, Emmanuel Jal grew up as a child soldier in what is now known as South Sudan. He joins us this week to talk about his childhood, how music provided an important platform for his cause, and Kanye West.
 
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak consider the impact of patriarchal attitudes. They make evident that everyone has a responsibility of moving forward the equality of women, in order to create progress for all. There are three actions that men specifically can take to begin empowering women and engaging in a process that’s going to break do ...…
 
Hosts Gilad Cohen and Simona Ramkisson open up to each other this week. What shaped their interest in human rights? How do they deal with micro-aggressions and racism? And what possessed them to dye their hair blonde? This plus so much more on the latest episode of The Hum.
 
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak discuss Sandie’s recent visit to an asylum center in Athens, Greece. They shed light on the challenges for refugees to receive asylum and the continued hardships of integrating into a new culture. They also discuss how asylum seekers are causing challenges for the country itself. Greece’s geography, proximi ...…
 
Emmy-nominated filmmaker Cynthia Lowen has seen firsthand how cyber abuse can have an impact outside the chat room. She joins us today to discuss her film Netizens, the gender dynamics of being on the internet and the efforts to bring practical reforms to privacy laws.
 
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak discuss Dr. Morgan’s recent trip to Athens, Greece. She explains what her team did and shares her personal experience, including the high and low points. Bridges Humanitarian Initiative Salvation Army – Green Light Project UN National Rapporteur – Greece Ministry of Foreign Affairs If you enjoyed this episo ...…
 
On January 31, 2015 Mandi Gray was reportedly sexually assaulted by a fellow student at York University. Mandi drops by to talk about institutional betrayal, naming sexual assault, and becoming one of the few to take her case to trial.
 
Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak talk to Dr. Sibylle Georgianna about sexual compulsivity and discuss common misconceptions. Even if there is a lack of consensus on how to define problematic behaviors, sexual compulsion needs to be taken seriously. Even if free will exists, the complexity of the impact on (drug induced) addiction on women’ ...…
 
On October 12, 2013, Scott Jones’ life changed in an instant when he was left paralyzed from the waist down in an anti-gay hate crime. Scott and his close friend, Laura Marie Wayne sit down with us to discuss toxic masculinity, the hesitation of naming hate crimes and how Scott has moved on since the attack.…
 
Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak talk again to Harmony Dust about her book Scars and Stilettos and the work she is doing with Treasures, a Los Angeles, CA, based outreach and support group for women in the sex industry. The commercial sex industry is ANYWHERE sex is being bought or sold, including porn, stripping, escorting, prostitution, ...…
 
On September 24, 2014, Jermaine Carby was shot dead by Peel Regional Police. His cousin and close friend La Tanya Grant discusses who Jermaine was and shares insights on the controversial practice of carding, police brutality and the onus of justice put on black families.
 
Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak discuss the effects adverse childhood experiences can have on a person’s entire life. They also share tools that can be used to measure the impact these experiences can have and also the factors that influence a person’s resilience. Childhood experiences are predictors of future health. People self-medicate ...…
 
Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak talk to Dr. Hilary Chester about the work she is doing with the Catholic church to fight human trafficking, including long-term care and working with less visible victims like offshore fisherman. Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking Christian Organizations Against Trafficking 17: Ca ...…
 
Dr. Sandie Morgan and Dave Stachowiak talk to Chad Napier about the devastating impact drug use has had in his community and the dangers of synthetic drugs. West Virginia leads the nation in drug overdose National average is 19.8 per 100,000 but West Virginia is 52 per 100,000 Babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome need to be weaned off the d ...…
 
Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak talk to Dr. Jodi Quas about children dealing with chronic stress. When helping children who are under chronic stress, we need to realize that many of their behavioral problems are symptoms of the stress, not just because they are poorly disciplined. Acute stress is normal, and humans can deal with it and re ...…
 
Dalai Lama of Tibet escapes to India. Tibet embraced Buddhism in the 7th century under head of state and spiritual leader Dalai Lama. The present and 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was identified at the age of two as a reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama. From an early age, he tried to deal with the tensions between his country and China. But ...…
 
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