157: Using your Expertise as a Volunteer – An Interview with Attorney Jessica Springer

Jessica Springer joins Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak to talk about dual-jurisdiction children (part of the criminal justice system and the dependency system like foster homes) and how judges aren’t able to make good decisions if they don’t know the child’s full background. They also talk about current and upcoming human trafficking bills in California.

Key Points

  • The majority of children involved in human trafficking come from a dual-jurisdiction population.
  • Family violence is often the root of kids becoming dual-jurisdiction.
  • The majority of children who get involved in human trafficking have a history of sexual abuse.
  • When judges look at cases and don’t know the whole background, they can’t make well-informed decisions.
  • There is a debate on whether it is better to have more legislation or to have less, but more effective legislation.
  • Internet safety training is important, even at a young age.
  • 80% of sexual trafficking recruiting happens online.

Resources

069: Cyber Crimes and Brittany’s Story

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Sandie Morgan

Sandie Morgan, PhD, RN is recognized globally for her expertise in combatting human trafficking and working to end violence against women. As Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ), she oversees the Women’s Studies Minor as well as teaching Family Violence and Human Trafficking.
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