LIVINGSTON, NJ ‚— The effects of sexism and misogyny are far reaching and their most terrifying manifestation is sex trafficking. How has the internet made it easier for men to exploit girls and women for sex? What compels men to abuse women in this way? Is there a justification to legalize prostitution? How can we combat sex trafficking in our own communities?

Join the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section (NCJW/Essex) for a dynamic discussion featuring a panel of speakers with experience in helping victims and combatting sex trafficking — #EndDemand: Fighting Sex Trafficking – Our Children At Risk — on Wednesday evening, Nov. 30, at Temple B’nai Abraham, 300 Northfield Road, Livingston, NJ, at 7:00 p.m.

This Dessert and Dialogue will feature a distinguished panel of speakers who will shine a light on the motivations of those who exploit girls and women and promote sex trafficking; what New Jersey is doing to combat trafficking; what social service agencies are trying to do to help those who have been caught up in the web of trafficking; and what can be done to combat this horrific problem that exists right here in the United States.

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The panel of speakers, who all have with experience in helping victims and combatting sex trafficking, includes: Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle of the New Jersey General Assembly, 37th District; Jayne Bigelsen, Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives at Covenant House, NY; and Nicole Bryan, PhD, Principal Investigator & Strategic Advisor, Human Trafficking Research.

The panel will be moderated by Lauren Hersh, co-founder of World Without Exploitation.

The goal is for attendees to come away with a new found determination to join the fight to eradicate sex trafficking. NCJW/Essex welcomes participants to spearhead new efforts to bring this issue to light and educate the community and our children.

One tangible effort already underway is a collection of art supplies for the Art Therapy Program at Covenant House to help victims of sex trafficking. Any art supplies are welcome, such as markers, scissors, adult coloring books, paint, paint brushes, construction paper and play dough, and can be dropped off the night of the program.  

“#EndDemand: Fighting Sex Trafficking – Our Children At Risk” is being co-sponsored by Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston, the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the Community Relations Committee of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, the Reform Jewish Voice of New Jersey, Hadassah of Northern NJ, Temple Emanu-El of Westfield, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, Monarch Housing Associates, Church Abolition Network, Covenant House, Jewish Women’s Foundation, World Without Exploitation, NCJW Bergen County Section and NCJW West Morris Section.

Pre-registration is required. The program fee is $15 per person and includes coffee, tea and desserts.  To register, call 973-740-0588 or visit www.ncjwessex.org.

About National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action.  Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. With more than 200 members, Essex county Section is the largest of the more than 100 NCJW Sections around the country. The Section was founded in 1912 and maintains offices in Livingston, NJ. For more information, log onto www.ncjwessex.org.