Ensure Justice

March 5 - 6, 2021

Vanguard University | Costa Mesa


The Ensure Justice Conference is a two-day event focused on equipping teachers, parents, victim service providers, law enforcement, students, and community members to protect and intervene for women and children at high-risk of exploitation and violence. Understanding the contributing factors of human trafficking that run deep will inform innovative strategies for future prevention.

Join us as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and discuss where the anti-trafficking movement is headed!


Hon. Joanne Motoike

Presiding Judge of Juvenile Court, Superior Court of Orange County

Judge, Superior Court of Orange County

Judge, Superior Court of Orange County

Laura Lederer, JD

President, Global Centurion

Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking

Executive Director, National Center on Sexual Exploitation


We are partnering with the Orange County Department of Education to provide tools that school based professionals and parents need in order to end human trafficking in their communities. Parents, join us on Saturday for our parent-tailored workshops with local expert speakers who will discuss building resilience, cyber exploitation, and parent engagement for student success.

Educator CEUs

The Vanguard University Graduate Program in Education’s Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) partners with College Credit Connection to provide teachers with a wide variety of continuing education courses that are designed to assist them in their efforts toward professional development.

TAP’s EDUX 7545 Educational Methods and Strategies course is designed to augment a professional development experience that teachers have completed. EDUX 7545 is a three level course in which students may obtain 1, 2 or 3 credits for $99.00, $198.00 or $297.00, respectively.

Nursing CEUs

Nursing Professionals can obtain up to 10 hours of Contact Hours by attending Ensure Justice.


March 5-6, 2021
Friday: Registration Opens at 8:00am
Saturday: Registration Opens at 8:30am

Vanguard University 
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626


*2020 Registration Prices

General Registration

Friday only Registration $60

Saturday only Registration $70

2-Day Registration $115

Student Registration

Friday only Registration $20

Saturday only Registration $25

2-Day Registration $35

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Derek Marsh, MA, MPA

Associate Director, Global Center for Women and Justice

Derek Marsh retired from the Westminster PD, CA, after more than 26 years of service. In 2004, Marsh helped start the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF). He served as the co-chair of the OCHFFT from 2004-12. During that time, he developed and taught courses in human trafficking across the state of California, provided oversight to human trafficking investigations, assisted in creating HT DVDs, wrote multiple grants, and provided Congressional testimony twice as a HT expert witness. He has presented anti-HT trainings across California and the United States, Saipan, Italy, and Argentina. He taught HT as an undergraduate course at Vanguard University, CA, from 2009 to present. He develops and teaches criminal justice and human trafficking courses. He has served with the United Nations to train Rwandan immigration officials, law enforcement, prosecutors, and NGOs over four intensive seminars in 2017. He has an MA in Human Behavior, an MPA in Police Management & Leadership, and graduated from FBINA Class #224. Currently, D.C. Marsh works as the Assistant Director at the Global Center for Women and Justice. He is researching how human trafficking task forces identify, investigate, and prosecute labor trafficking cases throughout the United States through on-site visits and review of historical task force and federal performance documents. He is helping to develop and provide training and technical assistance through the BIA, TTAC, and OVC-TTAC agencies. His expertise in Criminal Justice will contribute to the research, education, and advocacy mission of the Global Center for Women and Justice.

Jennnifer Melton, MA

Coordinator, Global Center for Women and Justice

Jennifer Melton is the Coordinator for the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University.  Prior to joining the Global Center, she lived in China for seven years working with anti-trafficking and refugee service organizations.  She learned Mandarin to be able to visit women working in the brothels and offer them alternative employment.  During her tenure in Asia, Jennifer presented at various Embassy’s and international service organizations. She also worked closely with the United Nation’s High Commission on Refugees to provide emergency services for asylum seekers and refugees.  While visiting women in situations of exploitation on a weekly basis, Jennifer has witnessed the resiliency of women to improve their lives and the power of mentoring relationships. She obtained her Master’s Degree in International Development from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s Degree in History/Political Science from Vanguard University.

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