On December 8, JCPA and JFNA convened a call with community relations and Federation professionals to detail the national landscape of human trafficking, defined as the illegal movement of people for the purpose of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. The call was joined by Keeli Sorensen, Director of Government Relations and Public Policy for Polaris Project, who discussed the three types of human trafficking: minor, sex, and labor.
Polaris Project operates the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline. Between January and September of 2015, the hotline received 16,678 calls reporting 4,168 cases of human trafficking. Unfortunately, some victims of labor trafficking are people we may engage with regularly, without knowing their plight. Labor trafficking occurs most commonly among domestic workers, traveling sales crews, agricultural and animal husbandry workers, restaurant and food service workers, and health and beauty services professionals.
This country’s most significant commitment to ending human trafficking came in 2000 with the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), which increased prosecution of traffickers, established guidelines for preventing future trafficking, and provided services for victims and survivors. The TVPA also established the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, which produces the annual Trafficking in Persons report that ranks every country’s efforts to end this billion-dollar criminal industry.
Our Congressional representatives still have much work to do to address this matter, and it is crucial to support their efforts and show our commitment to ending what amounts to modern-day slavery. January marks Human Trafficking Awareness Month; join us for a Jewish Day of action to #EndHumanTrafficking on January 14, 2016.
For more information and forthcoming resources for a Jewish day of action to #EndHumanTrafficking contact JCPA Policy Associate Krissy Roth - KRoth@TheJCPA.org