The effects of sexism and misogyny are far reaching and their most terrifying manifestation is sex trafficking. How has the internet made it easier for men to exploit girls and women for sex? What compels men to abuse women in this way? Is there a justification to legalize prostitution? How can we combat sex trafficking in our own communities?
Join the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section (NCJW/Essex) for a dynamic discussion featuring a panel of speakers with experience in helping victims and combatting sex trafficking. A discussion entitled “#EndDemand: Fighting Sex Trafficking- Our Children At Risk” is set Wed., evening, Nov. 30. The program will be held at Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston at 7 p.m.
This Dessert and Dialogue will feature a distinguished panel of speakers who will shine a light on the motivations of those who exploit girls and women and promote sex trafficking, what New Jersey is doing to combat trafficking, what social service agencies are trying to do to help those who have been caught up in the web of trafficking and, most importantly, what can be done to combat this horrific problem that exists right here in the United States.
Our panel of speakers, with experience in helping victims and combatting sex trafficking includes Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle of the New Jersey General Assembly, Thirtyseventh District, Jayne Bigelsen, Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives at Covenant House, NY, and Nicole Bryan, PhD, Principal Investigator and Strategic Advisor, Human Trafficking Research. The panel will be moderated by Lauren Hersh, co-founder of World Without Exploitation.
The goal is for attendees to come away with a new found determination to join the fight to eradicate sex trafficking. NCJW/Essex welcomes participants to spearhead new efforts to bring this issue to light and educate the community and our children. One tangible effort already underway is a collection of art supplies for the Art Therapy Program at Covenant House to help victims of sex trafficking. Any art supplies are welcome, such as markers, scissors, adult coloring books, paint, paint brushes, construction paper and play dough, and can be dropped off the night of the program.
“#EndDemand: Fighting Sex Trafficking – Our Children At Risk” is being co-sponsored by Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston, the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the Community Relations Committee of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, the Reform Jewish Voice of New Jersey, Hadassah of Northern NJ, Temple Emanu-El of Westfield, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, Monarch Housing Associates, Church Abolition Network, Covenant House, Jewish Women’s Foundation, World Without Exploitation, NCJW Bergen County Section and NCJW West Morris Section.
Pre-registration is required. The program fee is $15 per person and includes coffee, tea and desserts. To register, please call 973-740-0588 or visit www.ncjwessex.org.