Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University Accepting Nominations for Annual Diamond Award, Advancing Human Trafficking Awareness

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Local individuals and organizations are invited to submit nominations, to be announced at the Global Center's annual Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking.

Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking, September 19 at the Balboa Bay Club

The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University is seeking nominations for its annual Diamond Award that will be presented at the center’s Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking fundraiser on September 19, 2015 at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach. The award will honor individuals and organizations whose commitment and efforts promote justice for women and children affected by human trafficking in Orange County, California.

Local individuals and organizations (nonprofit and for-profit) are invited to submit nominations for businesses, individuals or corporations, by the June 30 deadline. Criteria for the award can be found online, and includes support of one or more nonprofit organizations, leadership involvement, and volunteer participation, collaboration and commitment. Selection will take place in July, led by honorary chair congressman Ed Royce and a review panel of business and community leaders, philanthropists, law enforcement, and Vanguard University faculty.

The Diamond Award winners will be announced at the annual Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking event chaired by Jasmine Shodja where 300-400 are expected to attend. The luncheon, to be held September 19, will bring awareness and education to the community about human trafficking with an emphasis on ways to prevent the crime through education.

Submissions for the Diamond Award may be received by mail or online by June 30, at
To learn more about the Diamond Award and The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, visit    

The Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University is a faith-based organization that exists to advance the global status of women through research, education, advocacy, collaboration and hope. The Global Center for Women & Justice promotes gender reconciliation and the inherent dignity of all persons. For more, visit

Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 "Best in the West" regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit


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Vanguard University of Southern California
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