WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School (WOHS) students and Student Assistance Counselors Amadeo Chirichiello and Jacklyn Headlam were recently recognized for their participation in the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking (NJCAHT) "Locker Slam" project.

In recognition of January as "Human Trafficking Month," students received stickers from NJCAHT containing statistics and facts regarding trafficking. Students "slammed" magnets on other students' lockers to raise awareness of the issue.

In 2019, more than 8,000 magnets were distributed in New Jersey middle and high schools; and in 2020, more than 28,000 magnets will be used to raise awareness of human trafficking warning signs for males and females as well as statistics for New Jersey and across the nation.

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West Orange students distributed approximately 500 magnets, and "one magnet for every four lockers is an impactful amount,” according to the NJCAHT website.

At a recent West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE), students stated that they were excited to participate and show awareness in a different way than traditional announcements and tabling. Volunteers also reported that many WOHS students have kept the magnets for their own knowledge by either leaving them in their lockers or bringing them home.

Students recognized for participating in the Locker Slam included Victoria Bratsos, Amiya Franklin, Sesn Tewedle, Senay Dani, Br'an Kelly Jackson, Kyle Dorcely, Gabrielle Rodas, Daniel Moise, Brianna Dannemiller and Leslie Pineda. 

Among the phrases seen on some of the magnets were the following:

  • PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE FOR SALE
  • SLAVERY STILL EXISTS
  • BE A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS
  • ABOLISH MODERN-DAY SLAVERY
  • THERE ARE MORE SLAVES TODAY THAN EVER BEFORE
  • YOUR VOICE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD
  • I AM AN ABOLITIONIST 

Participants used #NJSTUDENTSFORFREEDOM to connect with schools around the state taking awareness action.

To learn more about the NJCAHT, click here.