The New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris Section, are co-sponsoring a Fair Trade Fair on Sun., April 3, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the Davidson Room in the Student Center at County College of Morris in Randolph. The Fair, which is free and open to the public, spotlights products that are made by people paid a fair wage under fair working conditions. More than 20 vendors will offer fair trade products.
Attendees will also learn all about how human trafficking underlies many of the goods on store shelves. Special guest speaker Sarah Barasch-Hagans, a second-year rabbinic intern from T’ruah: Rabbis for Human Rights, will give an insightful talk, titled “The People Behind the Label.” Barasch-Hagans will point out how practicing fair trade and worker justice helps consumers to better “love their neighbors” and “care for the stranger.” She will report from the Florida tomato fields about the people behind the Fair Food movement and how in our purchasing and advocacy we can continue to stand with them.
Barasch-Hagans has been called a “visionary Jewish leader” for her work as one of the founders of the BlackLivesMatter Haggada. She is a third-year rabbinical student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, based in Philadelphia.
The NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking was founded in 2011 to fight the crime of human trafficking and help its victims throughout our state. The coalition consists of over 100 diverse organizations, including community groups, faith-based groups, government agencies and service providers. The coalition’s current focus is on educating youth in hopes of preventing the spread of this heinous crime.