20 – Community Engagement to End Human Trafficking

True community engagement requires the right time and planning up front. Sandra Morgan, the Director of the Global Center for Women & Justice and Dave Stachowiak, one of the Center’s board members, discuss common mistakes, a sustainable model for community engagement, and actions we can all take to provide real action to end human trafficking.

Key Points

  • Be clear about the purposes or goals of the engagement effort as well as the audience and populations that you engage.
  • Become knowledgeable. Study your community, economic, and political perceptions.
  • Go into your community and establish relationships, build trusts, and seek commitment for mobilizing your community.
  • Remember and accept that community self-determination is the responsibility and right of all people who comprise a community.
  • Partnering with the community is necessary to create change.
  • Recognize and respect community diversity.
  • Sustained by identifying and mobilizing community assets and developing resources.
  • An engaging organization must be prepared to release control of actions to the community and be flexible enough to meet the changing needs.
  • Community collaboration requires long term commitment by the engaging organization and it’s partners.


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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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