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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | August 21, 2010
COSTA MESA — Two men convicted of kidnapping and holding an illegal immigrant mother and her child in a Costa Mesa motel for ransom in 2005 will get a retrial after a panel of judges ruled jurors were not given proper instructions before reaching their verdict. Reynaldo Eid Jr. of New York and Alaor Oliveira Jr. of Connecticut were granted a new trial Thursday by a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal in Santa Ana. They had been sentenced to life in prison in March 2009.
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By Paloma Esquivel | July 29, 2013
A Saudi royal princess did not appear in court Monday on human trafficking charges, drawing a rebuke from an Orange County judge who said “I expect her to be here” for future hearings. Meshael Alayban, 42, is charged with forcing a Kenyan woman to work as a domestic servant, toiling long hours for little pay. Orange County Superior Court  Judge Gerald Johnston said he was concerned that the princess did not show up in court, but could not find anything in the court record to indicate that her presence for the hearing had been ordered.
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By Wendy Kaiser | January 12, 2010
OC 1/11: The candle flames warmed hands and hearts as we gathered in the evening cooled chapel court yard on the Costa Mesa, California campus of Vanguard University, January 11, 2010, to reflect on where we are in our journey to Stop Human Trafficking in Orange County and the waters yet to be navigated to stop it locally and globally.     Carol A. Taylor, President of Vanguard University, lead the opening of the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day OC 1/11 Candle Light Vigil sharing Vanguard’s commitment to raise awareness and stop trafficking.
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | February 2, 2011
COSTA MESA — Bundled up and wearing a price tag that read "How much does a human cost?", about three dozen people gathered Tuesday evening at Vanguard University to pray for the end of modern slavery. Vanguard's Global Center for Women and Justice Department hosted a candlelight vigil at the private school's Needham Chapel Courtyard on National Freedom Day. The vigil aimed to raise awareness for human trafficking locally and globally. "It is against every aspect of human dignity," said Sandra Morgan, the department's director.
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By Lauren Williams | December 20, 2011
COSTA MESA — The room could have passed for Santa's Workshop. Bright red stockings stuffed with goodies and neatly stacked presents of all sizes, many with bright ribbons, were piled high in the nursing building at Vanguard University. On Monday, some presents were receiving final touches before being sent across Orange County and beyond. Like all holiday gifts, they were destined for someone special. Labeled with numbers to protect the recipients, the gifts will be distributed to families where at least one member is a victim of human trafficking.
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By Anh Do | April 9, 2014
Confronted with nearly 600 protesters upset over a proposal to join Irvine in "friendship" with city of Nha Trang in Vietnam, Irvine City Council members Tuesday night voted to revise their rules for choosing cities to be friends with. After more than five hours of debate, the council voted 3 to 2 to draw up new criteria  for forming "friendship city" ties. The new rules would exclude municipalities in countries that do not respect human rights or democratic values. They also chose not to enter into "friendship city" relationships with Karachi, Pakistan, or Baoji, China.
LOCAL
By Jon Batarse | March 25, 2010
 St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach has 2000 people coming together to serve our local community this Saturday, March 27, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  The event is called Serve Day, and 2000 people have signed up to serve our local community through one of 52 local service opportunities, which include 3 different local beach cleanups, 4 local school improvement projects, a Back Bay YMCA cleanup, Boys and Girls Club of Costa Mesa...
NEWS
By Jim Washburn | November 9, 2012
I wonder if Chris Epting's Thursday column, "Rescuing tortured phantoms of the night," might not just as aptly have been titled, "Religious zealots annoy women trying to make a living. " There are perspectives that the story doesn't address. Where does Epting find the statistic that "thousands" of teens in Orange County have been forced into human trafficking? So, essentially the combined student bodies of Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar high schools are out working the streets?
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By Lauren Williams | March 21, 2013
In 2001, Natasha Herzig found herself at age 19 staring at a gun, yanked into a car before she could make a sound. She spent a year trapped, working as a high-end escort for a pimp. The indignities were numerous. She remembers receiving a beating for asking whether she could go home. There was the john who once tried to suffocate her with a shower curtain after forcing her to lie in an ice-filled bathtub. She had to walk "the track," meaning the street, to meet her prostitution quota.
NEWS
May 19, 2005
UCI students awarded Fulbright scholarships Three UC Irvine students this year have won Fulbright scholarships, which provide students with funds to do research abroad. Catherine Nguyen, a member of the Campuswide Honors Program and a double major in comparative literature and European studies, received a scholarship to study in France at the University of Provence. She intends to base her studies in French colonial policy and its effect on Vietnam.
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