Human Trafficking Observance Day
I was honored to present the National Council of Jewish of Women with a proclamation today at City Hall for their efforts in raising awareness in Bergen County too stop Human Trafficking.
Marcia Levy, Vice President; Elaine Pollack, Past President and Bea Podoresfsky, Chair-Human Trafficking accepted the proclamation on behalf of the Council.
The Council expressed their appreciation to Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle, the author and prime sponsor of the Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection and Treatment Act whose bill was signed into law in May 2012.
NCJW Bergen County stated: “We became interested in the problem when we discovered that major sporting events such as the super bowl are associated with an increase in Human Trafficking.
We have been working in coalition with the NJ Coalition against Human Trafficking along with 70 diverse organizations since early last year to raise awareness in the Bergen County community to combat what has become the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the word.
At least 20.9 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced and bonded labor.
NCJW wishes to express its gratitude for the encouragement and support you have given in acting upon this request in such a timely manner. With your awareness and the awareness of other communities in Bergen County, and in the State of New Jersey and in communitities of states across the country we hope to be able to put an end to this heinous criminal activity.
Mayor Frank Huttle III