Human Trafficking and Slavery
From our national website: “NCJW supports the elimination of human trafficking and has a long history of opposition to this practice. At the turn of the twentieth century, NCJW spoke out against ‘white slavery’ exploitation and sweatshop labor and provided assistance to young female immigrants arriving alone and without resources. Today, NCJW continues to condemn the trade in human beings that exploits thousands, predominantly women, each year for sexual exploitation, forced labor, and domestic servitude, among other purposes. The centerpiece of the U.S. government's efforts to combat trafficking is the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). Originally signed into law in 2000, the 110th Congress began considering a reauthorization of the TVPA in 2007. This bill, known as the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2007 (HR 3887), passed the House on December 4, 2007 but stalled in the Senate. The 110th Congress did not complete action on this legislation before adjournment. NCJW does not have a position on this bill as it is currently drafted.” To learn more visit, these websites: www.ncjw.org and www.polarisporject.org.
Our Section has joined hands with a local branch of a national organization, called Polaris, to help combat and respond to human trafficking. This national organization is named after the North Star, which guided slaves toward freedom along the Underground Railroad.
The Polaris Project has been providing a comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery since 2002. When victims escape their traffickers, they often come to Polaris without personal possessions or resources of their own. The Polaris Project provides clients with the basic necessities to start a new life.
One of the easiest ways to help is to collect clothing for Polaris to give to their clients. Currently our local group is in great need of the following for women: women'scasual athletic shoes (sneakers) and sandals in various sizes (6-10); • new underwear and new bras (various sizes); • gift cards for Target or Stop and Shop (a $25 minimum is suggested); • Sweatpants or sweatshirts; • new socks; • all hygiene items: shampoo, conditioner, feminine pads, tampons, razors, lotion, cotton swabs, toothpaste,toothbrushes (any sizes welcome); • new or gently used clothing for sizes 0-8 (gently used clothing MUST be freshly washed and ironed, please). Hangers are very welcome.
To make sorting easier please LABEL EVERY ITEM with a description, including SIZE. Bring items to all/any NCJW meeting or contact Lesley Frost, 973-898-0555
for dropoff arrangements.
NCJW West Morris Section is committed to quality affordable and accessible child care for all children. NCJW's national childcare campaign identifies current inadequacies in childcare, educates the community as to the needs of individual families and informs legislators of these issues. NCJW West Morris has been an active participant in the Morris County Leadership Council on Quality Early Care and Learning and the Child Care Advisory Council of the NJ Department of Human Services.
NCJW West Morris Section believes in reproductive rights for all women throughout the world and supports the Roe v. Wade decision, which grants the freedom to choose here in the U.S. We oppose any diminution of this right. We actively participate in BenchMark, NCJW’s campaign to save Roe.
Separation of Religion and State
NCJW West Morris Section recognizes the importance of the separation of religion and state and supports the use of public funds solely to finance public education.
Strategies to Prevent Domestic Violence
NCJW West Morris Section is raising awareness of the pervasiveness of domestic violence, as founding member and participant in the Rachel Coalition, which offers a kosher safe house, counseling, peer support groups and limited legal advice to victims of domestic violence.
New Jersey Silent Witness Exhibit
NCJW West Morris no longer hosts the Silent Witness Exhibit.
For a list of organizations that now have the silhouettes Click Here. We do, however, have 12 framed photographs with poems written by survivors and family members.
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Thank you for your interest in protecting women and families form domestic violence."
Support for Israel
NCJW West Morris Section recognizes the contributions that Israel is making to the world community and stands ready to applaud, question and provide informed briefings to Congress.
Our NCJW West Morris Advocacy Committee helps to determine our priorities and organizes to implement them. For the recent presidential election, we made sure members of the Jewish community were registered to vote and had the education on key issues of importance to us as American Jews to make informed electoral decisions. We also worked to help ensure that the general community, particularly those who are underrepresented, have an equal opportunity to be involved in the electoral process by conducting voter registration activities.
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