TRENTON, NJ --   In recognition for his efforts in human trafficking protection across the state, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri last week received the 2020 Advocacy Champion Award from the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking.  Onofri serves as vice-chairman of the state Commission on Human Trafficking and president of the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey.

“To those who believe that New Jersey does not have a human trafficking issue, that it is only something that happens in the movies or on television, you are sadly wrong,”  Onofri said.  “In Mercer County alone, we have four active human trafficking cases and a fifth that recently saw a defendant plead guilty and receive a 10-year prison sentence. We cannot pretend that human trafficking does not exist.”

Formed in 2011, the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking consists of more than 180 statewide diverse groups of nonprofits, faith-based organizations, government agencies, academics, law enforcement, and direct service providers.  The organization is a hub of community efforts statewide to increase coordination and visibility of NJ’s commitment to end human trafficking. 

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