Every day, men, women and children are forced, defrauded, or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation, with 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally. Trafficking and its related crimes not only harms the victims involved; they also undermine the social, political and economic fabric of the nations where they occur by devaluing individuals, demeaning women, and increasing violence and crime.
Join Hadassah in raising awareness and urge policy makers at the local, state, and federals levels to take action.
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The $150 billion trafficking enterprise has been reported in all 50 states – touching communities and people of all types. Learn more about how trafficking impacts communities and avenues for policy action.
Contact Your Legislators
Thanks to advocates like you, the 2015 Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act was signed into law. Urge Congress and state legislators to continue the momentum! More funding and legislation is needed to support victims of both sex and labor trafficking and penalize all those profiting from the trafficking enterprise.
National Human Trafficking Awareness
January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day, within National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Hadassah is a proud member of the Jewish Coalition Against Trafficking, which is working to raise awareness and unite the Jewish community in the fight against human trafficking.
Communities in Action
Hadassah members and supporters are mobilizing around the country. Through community programs, Hadassah helps survivors, legal professionals, law enforcement and victim advocates share their stories, educate communities and spur advocacy. Contact your local chapter about opportunities to get involved.
Human trafficking has gained momentum on the national stage thanks to the hard work of community advocates, including Hadassah members and supporters from across the country.
In May 2015, Congress passed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S. 178). This crucial legislation will strengthen the child welfare system; expand funding for victim services; mandate specialized training programs; increase penalties for traffickers; outlaw trafficking-related publicity or advertisements and more. This legislation builds upon the Trafficking Victims Protection Act—last reauthorized in 2013—and other key pre-existing anti-trafficking legislation.
Many state legislatures are also working to combat trafficking. For the first time in 2016, laws to criminalize child sex trafficking were in place in all 50 states. Hadassah members are encouraged to get involved on the community, state, and federal levels.
Take Action to Combat Human Trafficking:
- Urge your legislators at the community, state, and federal levels. to continue this momentum with new policy action!
- Support the No Such Thing campaign, which calls on media outlets to stop using the term "child prostitute," and end this concept once and for all.
- Medical Professionals and Social Service Providers: Explore trainings and resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans so you learn how to identify and help victims.
- Post the National Human Trafficking Hotline number (1-866-373-7888) around your community. Posters are available in multiple languages.
Urge your legislators to continue this momentum with new policy action!