Response To Sex Trafficking
Met Council; National Council of Jewish Women, New York Section; Sanctuary for Families and T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights presented “We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Sex Trafficking” at the JCC in Manhattan. The program included a panel with experts in the field, including Lori L. Cohen, Director of the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at Sanctuary for Families; Rabbi Ellen Lippmann, notable board member of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights; and Shoshannah Frydman, Director of the Family Violence Services program at Met Council.
Sex Trafficking is an epidemic with an estimated 26 million victims — more slaves than there were during the Atlantic Slave Trade in the 19th Century. Victims come from every community, from all over the world, including American born children. Human trafficking is the second fastest growing criminal activity in the United States, where there are an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 children exploited in this industry each year (Polaris Project).
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 and co-chaired by Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, these coalition partners have come together to address the critical issue of sex trafficking in our community. We Were Slaves will educate, advocate, and foster a dialogue about sex trafficking’s impact and what we can do to prevent it.
Kosher/Halal Amendment To The Farm Bill Becomes Law
The kosher/halal amendment will require the USDA to create a plan to increase the purchase of kosher food for use in food banks nationwide, and to track and label kosher food so that food pantries like ours can identify the food they can buy from food banks.
“We must take steps to help the neediest observant families and children get access to nutritious food during these difficult times,” U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.
“Met Council thanks Senator Gillibrand and Congressman Crowley, who while tirelessly fighting against the Farm Bill’s unconscionable cuts to SNAP, also recognized that, far too often, many food insecure New Yorkers are forced to make the impossible choice between feeding their family and observing their religion. Through their advocacy and leadership on the Kosher/Halal amendment, Senator Gillibrand and Congressman Crowley made great strides toward eliminating that inconceivable hardship for millions of Americans.
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