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Contact:  Virginia Lyttle

Forum on Modern Slavery:  21st Century Solutions

September 27, 2019

See full write-up: Forum on Modern Slavery held at Seton Hall

AAUW-NJ was represented at Seton Hall University on September 27, 2019.  As a member of the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking (NJCAHT), it was thrilling to be in attendance when Nadia Murad, the 2019 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, was presented with an honorary doctorate degree from the Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations. …

The eradication of modern day slavery requires awareness and recognition of the problem, enforcement and monitoring of existing laws, and the elimination of the conditions which lead to bondage.  Look around:  see something; say something; do something.

Submitted by Ginny Lyttle, AAUW-NJ Representative to the NJCAHT

May 4, 2019

There was a SOAP distribution to Hotels and Motels in Monmouth County on Saturday May 4.  Arlene Inglis and Ginny Lyttle participated for AAUW.  A picture was taken with Congressman Chris Smith, a staunch supporter of our efforts to eradicate Human Trafficking, Theresa Flores, author of A Slave Across the Street and developer of the SOAP project,  and Sue Flynn coordinator of NJHT SOAP initiatives.

Congressman Chris Smith, Theresa Flores, Virginia Lyttle, Arlene Inglis, and Sue Flynn - Saturday, May 4, 2019

Congressman Chris Smith, Theresa Flores, Virginia Lyttle, Arlene Inglis, and Sue Flynn – Saturday, May 4, 2019

NJ Human Trafficking Collation does several Soap distributions a year around the state.  We start by showing the Motel or Hotel person a poster of local missing children and then go into a talk about looking for suspicious activities by clients.  We then leave soaps with the national hot line number at mom and pop establishments asking them to leave the soaps in the guests’ bathrooms.

The soaps have been an effective way to reach people who can help free victims.

Here are some Statistics on Human Trafficking given by Teresa Flores and Chris Smith.

2nd most profitable crime

80% women and girls are trafficked and 20% men and boys

1000,000 American kids are being trafficked right now

13 average age of girl being trafficked

3% kidnaped

35% trafficked by a family member or friend of the family

60% blackmailed

77% of adult prostitutes were trafficked as children

There are 1.3 million missing kids in America.  Social Media is the number 1-way traffickers meet victims.

The only way to stop this is to stop the demand.  We cut smoking by society pressure.

NJCAHT Scholarship Program

Deadline for 2019 has passed.  If you have any questions please contact the Coalition at:

The New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking offers an intensive 3-week volunteer internship program for college undergraduates during Winter Break to coincide with Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

January Intern Program

(2019 Application – Deadline has passed)

Intern program 2019

NJCAHT_2019_Internship Flyer


Our 2018 Intern Program

Our 2018 Intern Program was to create a PSA entitled: “How NJ is Battling Human Trafficking”.

Our 2018 Intern Program was run by several members of our 2017 Intern Program – taking their knowledge and passion to inspire the next generation of student activists.

The 2017 Intern Program was to work with local mayors to encourage towns to post PSAs on their municipal websites during January.

Some of the 2017 Intern Program Members are pictured below:


June 14, 2018

Report by Virginia Lyttle, AAUW-NJ Representative

See Report

NJ Coalition Flyer

Human Trafficking Statistics

NJ Human Trafficking Prevention Protection and Treatment Act

US Dept. of Homeland Security – Blue Campaign (to end Human Trafficking)

State Policy Sex Trafficking Tool Kit

Millions of people around the globe are the victims of human trafficking in the form of sex or labor trafficking, human rights violations, etc. AAUW believes that there is a need for national and international policies against human trafficking that promote peace, justice, human rights, sustainable development, and security for all people. The State Policy Sex Trafficking Tool Kit outlines three key state policy priorities — hotline posting requirements, safe harbor laws, and vacatur laws — to identify and combat sex trafficking.

Download and read more…

A number of our NJ Branches have been involved in Human Trafficking Awareness Initiatives.

Freehold Area Branch, Freehold, NJ

The Freehold Area Branch arranged for their local communities to adopt proclamations regarding the problem, and declare January 11 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

Human Trafficking Proclamations

Monmouth County Human Trafficking Awareness program – Sponsored by AAUW Freehold Branch – Held April, 23, 2014

Jefferson Township High School, Morris County, NJ
Human Sex Trafficking and the Super Bowl 2014