We Were Slaves Coalition Partners with UNICEF to Combat Sex Trafficking

IMG_3487Sex Trafficking is an epidemic with an estimated 26 million victims — more slaves than there were during the Atlantic Slave Trade in the 19th Century.  Victims come from every community, from all over the world, including American born children. Human trafficking is the second fastest growing criminal activity in the United States, where there are an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 children exploited in this industry each year (Polaris Project).

We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Sex Trafficking and UNICEF hosted Age is nothing but a number: How YOUTH can help fight human trafficking. The program included an experts panel, a performance by The Arts Effect NYC on real stories of sex trafficking and concluded with a resource fair. The night brought together leaders in the field, including: Micol Rieger, Social Worker and Advocate at Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and Malea Otranto, Anti-human Trafficking Advocate at UNICEF.

The goal of the event was to work with teenagers in our community to educate them on what sex trafficking is and where help is available.

We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Sex Trafficking is a multi-organizational anti-sex trafficking initiative. Spearheaded by National Council of Jewish Women New York and co-chaired by Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty , these organizations and coalition partners have come together to address the critical issue of sex trafficking in the community. We Were Slaves intends to educate, advocate, and create a dialogue about the impact of sex trafficking has on our society and what we can do to prevent it.

For more ways to get involved, please call 212-453-9618 or email family@metcouncil.org

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