SOMERVILLE, NJ - Franklin Township resident, and Somerset County Deputy Director Freeholder, Brian D. Levine invites parents, guardians and professionals who work with children and families to a workshop focusing on the dangers of sex trafficking on Friday Jan. 26

“There were 83 sex trafficking cases called into the New Jersey hotline since last June reporting alleged incidents,” Levine said. 

The presentation will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the first floor conference room at the Somerset County Human Services Building. The GPS address is 27 Warren Street, Somerville, NJ 08876.  Free parking is available in the adjacent parking deck, third level or higher. Walk-ins are welcome.

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In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about sex trafficking within New Jersey and across the United States, recruitment tactics, warning signs and the importance of trauma-informed care, confidentiality and reporting procedures.

"In Somerset County, we will continue to provide educational training to our youth-serving agencies, as I view that as part of the very mission of our County government."

The program fee is $20. Cash or checks will be accepted; checks should be made payable to Friends of Somerset County Youth.  Professional development credits will be made available.  Registration and a light breakfast will open at 8:30 a.m. To reserve a seat in advance, contact Gretchen Craig at gcraig@co.somerset.nj.us or (908) 704-6333.

The presentation is being offered by Love True, a nonprofit organization that focuses on raising awareness about domestic sex trafficking, providing prevention programs for at-risk youth and providing restorative care to survivors of sex trafficking. The keynote speakers will be Associate Director Emily Rutt and Prevention Education Director Alec Shover.

This program is sponsored by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the county Youth Services Commission.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

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