What is We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Sex Trafficking?
We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Sex Trafficking is a multi-organizational anti-sex trafficking initiative. Spearheaded by National Council of Jewish Women New York Section, these organizations have come together to address the critical issue of sex trafficking in the community. We Were Slaves intends to educate, advocate and create a dialogue about the impact sex trafficking has on our community and what we can all do to prevent it.
What are End Sex Trafficking Shabbats?
We have dedicated a series of Shabbat weekends wherein synagogues, Jewish community centers and other communal institutions will come together to learn more about sex trafficking. Using the We Were Slaves toolkit, our Speakers Bureau composed of experts in the field, sermon ideas and various other resources, communities will explore the impact of sex trafficking and discuss what can be done to eliminate this devastating problem.
How can your community participate in an End Sex Trafficking Shabbat?
Download the electronic toolkit. Speak to other community leaders. Engage your clergy people. Reach out to email@example.com to request a guest speaker. Call 646.884.9468 to become part of the movement that will help to eradicate sex trafficking.
Special thanks to Naomi Haber, Jennifer Bunin, Jessica Gelfand and Micol Rieger at MetCouncil for their tireless work and preparation on all We Were Slaves resources. Your dedication and commitment cannot be matched.
Download the Call to Action Toolkit here for tools and actions that can be taken to combat sex trafficking.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY IN NYC: The Met Council is partnering with SOAP (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) to help provide support to victims of human trafficking who may be in New York during the Super Bowl. Higher incidence of sex trafficking is linked to large sporting events like the Super Bowl, which will attract thousands of tourists for the weekend to the NY/NJ area.
Volunteers will approach hotels and offer them free bars of soap with the National Human Trafficking Hotline number. This way victims will find the soap in the room they are being held in and will be able to call for help. Hotel staff will be given posters with photos of missing children for the front desk and Red Flag brochures for maids carts. We are looking for volunteers to help wrap soaps on the 29th as well! This is a great opportunity for people ages 14+ and for older people looking to get involved. For canvassing, volunteers must be 18+. A training session will be held on January 30th and hotels will be canvassed after the training on the 30th and the mornings of February 1st and 3rd.
DETAILS HERE: SOAP Up NY
To sign up to wrap soaps on January 29th:www.tinyurl.com/SoapRewrap
To sign up to canvass hotels on January 30th, February 1st, or February 3rd: www.tinyurl.com/SoapNY2014.
Calendar Connections: Opportunities to Observe End Sex Trafficking Shabbat
While congregations are welcome to schedule End trafficking Shabbat at their convenience, here are some recommended weekends whose dates have particular significance: