Currently, our core issue is human trafficking.
This modern day form of slavery is a global problem and it exists everywhere – including right here in New Jersey. In fact, we have learned that Bergen county is home to scores of modern day slaves – many in the form of domestic help.
Right now, we are focused on working with our state legislators as well as our sister organizations to combat human trafficking by raising awareness. Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle is sponsoring Bill A3352, known as the "Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection, and Treatment Act." Its Senate companion is S2239. Visit http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/bills0001.asp to track the progress of this and other bills regarding human trafficking.
As you probably already know, in January 2014, New Jersey will host the Super Bowl at the Meadowlands. But did you also know that law enforcement has observed a surge in sex trafficking activity surrounding Super Bowls and other large sporting events? As activists for justice for women, we must try to protect these girls and women.
Ending human trafficking is a difficult goal to set and achieve. Some find the topic itself upsetting. If you find it upsetting just to think about, imagine what our sisters who are living it are feeling. Then, imagine how we will feel to have been even a small part of such a struggle when we win, and another form of slavery is abolished!
The chapter is involved with interviewing candidates for local and state offices. Every other year every single member of the NJ legislature is up for reelection.