NJ Students Expose Unique Ways Traffickers Target Youth
In Live Streaming Event on Human Trafficking Awareness Day
UNION, NJ: On January 11, 2020, The New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking’s (NJCAHT) Intern Class worked together to organize the Coalition’s annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day event at the Human Rights Institute at Kean University in Union, New Jersey.
The event included a video interviewing New Jersey students on what they know about human trafficking, scenarios written and presented by current and former interns, an interactive presentation detailing human trafficking statistics in New Jersey, and an interview with Danika Ali, who has worked with multiple organizations dedicated to eradicating human trafficking.
The theme of the event was “It Could Be YOU”, highlighting human trafficking as an issue that affects individuals of all races, ages, and genders. The day included educational elements centered on technology and how individuals, particularly high school students, are targeted through social media apps such as Instagram and even online games.
The event was livestreamed on Facebook and Instagram, allowing for a wider audience and interaction with online viewers who were able to comment and ask questions while watching the event.
“It almost feels like passing the torch. To be the change, and then to inspire change, is incredibly beautiful. It is important that we stand united to bring an end to modern day slavery,” said Christine Millien, a leader of the program and a participant in the NJCAHT’s 2019 Internship class.
NJCAHT’s Internship is a program dedicated to working with college students who are dedicated to advocating for the abolition of human trafficking and educating New Jersey communities. The prestigious program enables students to work together to organize an event to educate individuals about human trafficking. This year’s class included 13 students from a variety of New Jersey colleges:
Veronica Bido, Union City, NJ, Rutgers University New Brunswick; Alyssa Futa, Waipahu, HI, Seton Hall University;
Karlie Miscia, Caldwell, NJ, Fairfield University; Anna Osadtsia, Hackettstown, NJ, Centenary University;
Michelle Perez, Bronx, NY, College of Saint Elizabeth; Liana Shaulova, Philly, NJ, Kean University;
Stephanie De Souza, Elizabeth, NJ, Kean University; Alicia Spearman, Newark, NJ, Rutgers University Newark;
Alyssa Stenson, Huntingtown, MD, Rutgers University Newark; Jala Stowe, Union, NJ, Caldwell University;
Lily Taylor, Deptford, NJ, Caldwell University; Imani Wallace, Newark, NJ, Kean University;
Julissa Xajil, North Bergen, NJ, Montclair State University.
The event concluded with each intern approaching the microphone and stating how they pledge to aid in the fight against modern day slavery. Participants then came together to share their support for survivors and call on others to do the same. Together, organizers, participants, and viewers were able to take away valuable information on how to combat modern day slavery.
The New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking is a nonprofit made up of over 180 organizations in New Jersey, with a mission to unite NJ communities to abolish human trafficking. It runs and co-sponsors numerous events annually and has many committees such as: education, legislative, arts, healthcare and SOAP. You can find out more about human trafficking in New Jersey at: www.njhumantrafficking.org.
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