Whippany Kicks-off Defensive Line - Prevention of Hotel Child Prostitution During Super Bowl XLVIII
Friday, September 27, 2013 • 3:59pm
The attendance was monumental with approximately 300 volunteers attending four training sessions. Melanie Gorelick the Director of Community Relations at the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest provided the facilitation and host location for the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking. They held two sessions on each date of September 9th and September 16th, 2013 at the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest on Route 10 East in Whippany. Volunteer groups also included New Jersey’s Border States - PA, CT and NY. These coalition groups of faith-based, community organizations, social activist groups and non-profits, have joined with NJ Gov and NJ Law Enforcement agencies against human trafficking in New Jersey. They came together to rally for ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking). The purpose for these conferences is to train leaders and volunteers for a campaign outreach and sign up mission with hotel managers throughout New Jersey in anticipation of the 2014 Football Super Bowl Game in Secaucus, New Jersey on February 2014. They will prepare to counter the rise in human trafficking in the New Jersey area during the time leading up to and including Super Bowl XLVIII. The Super Bowl brings anywhere from 125,000 - 150,000 fans from across the nation and this influx of visitors also incites a demand for sex, leading traffickers to find easy exploitation of venerable troubled runaways and destitute minors for commercial sex work.
These volunteer coalition groups (once they are trained) will become an outreach canvassing force that will make the initial contact with Hotel Managers in their assigned areas. They will start the dialogue to arrange Hotel policy administrators to sign up to an ECPAT’s code to protect children from prostitution. Companies, especially those in the tourism industry, are often some of the first eye witnesses of these atrocities. Hotel management code participants will receive Code Training for themselves and their staff on how to handle these situations. Their participation has become the most vital form of corporate social responsibility needed to end this crime against juveniles. The coalition hopes to get committed hotel administrators to attend Human Trafficking Preventions Training that is being offered for Hotel Managers on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Rutgers University Law School in Newark, NJ.
The American Association of University Women of NJ (AAUW-NJ) has been a coalition member of the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking since the start of its inception. President Sally Goodson sees AAUW-NJ as one of strongest coalition teams with an expansive geographic range. They have 23 branches that cover program communication from as far as northern Sussex County to the Southern tip of New Jersey in Atlantic County. AAUW-NJ has focused on the fight against human trafficking and has received an impact grant from their AAUW DC headquarters to continue on with their campaign. These training sessions brought 20 AAUW-NJ volunteers who will lead the campaign in Northern New Jersey. Sally Goodson hopes to promote activism from the strong advocates they have in their Atlantic County AAUW-NJ Branch to help with the Atlantic City Casino Hotels.
Shown in photo left to right - Sally Goodson-President AAUW-NJ, Barbara Colewell - AAUW Impact Grant Reporter, Adrienne Lesser-C/U Connection, Margot Morris-Program Associate Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment (NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking Trainer), Ginny Lyttle – AAUW-NJ Representative to NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and Sr. Pat Daly, OP-Executive Director of the Tri- State Coalition for Responsible Investment (NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking Chair).