On the morning of Jan. 15, Dr. Sandra Morgan, Director of the Global Center for Women and Justice, spoke at a meeting hosted by the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO), a women’s organization focused on uplifting women through education.
At the event, held at Newport Center United Methodist Church, Dr. Morgan spoke about her book, “Ending Human Trafficking: A Handbook of Strategies for the Church Today”. She focused on how human trafficking impacts our communities and how to stay safe by raising awareness for the signs of trafficking.
PEO’s mission lies consistent with Dr. Morgan’s strategies, as they aim to educate young women. Founded in 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College, PEO now has nearly 5,600 chapters across the nation including a Newport Beach chapter.
Attendees at the event acknowledged the sense of community given to them by PEO, with some being a part of the organization for over 30 years. They also noted the educational opportunities granted by PEO. Not only do they host speakers like Dr. Morgan, but they are a large source of scholarships for women. As of April 2023, PEO has provided nearly $415 million in grants, loans, and awards.
The Newport Beach chapter of PEO encourages young women to reach out and learn more, by visiting their website. If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Morgan’s work with human trafficking, visit her website and listen to her podcast, “Ending Human Trafficking.”