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Advocate to end human trafficking.
Our Legislative Committee researches state and federal legislation to identify key bills that will assist in the fight against human trafficking in New Jersey and throughout the United States.
Safe Saturdays in Your Local Library
Our Safe Saturdays program for pre-K and elementary school children is based around a multi-lingual coloring book and song, focusing on how to stay safe. It's an ideal program for your local library, and grants are available to help libraries afford the books.
Apply for the Safe Saturdays program HERE.
Contact INFO@SAFERNJ.ORG for more information.
Your calls to your state legislators made the difference in passing the expanded vacatur law - thank you!
Both the NJ Assembly and NJ Senate voted unanimously in favor of bill A5322.
The Governor signed the bill into law on January 18, 2022.
This law will expand the types of crimes that can be expunged and vacated from a survivors' records due to trafficking, allowing survivors the chance to find a job or rent a home and take the next step towards building a new life.
Read our press release HERE
Our gratitude goes to the following legislative sponsors:
- Mosquera, Gabriela M.
- Vainieri Huttle, Valerie
- DePhillips, Christopher P.
- Cruz-Perez, Nilsa I.
- Kean, Thomas H., Jr.
- Mukherji, Raj
- Quijano, Annette
- Webber, Jay
- Jasey, Mila M.
- McKnight, Angela V.
- Chiaravalloti, Nicholas
- Dunn, Aura K.
- Zwicker, Andrew
- Speight, Shanique
- Gopal, Vin
- Singleton, Troy
- Pou, Nellie
Get in touch with your State Assembly member to voice your support for legislation that fights against human trafficking.
Past legislation NJCAHT has supported.
WHY A883/S280 MATTERS
It would require that a poster with wording devised by the NJ Commission on Human Trafficking be placed in places such as: bus and train stations, truck stops, hotels, motels, bars, strip clubs, massage parlors and hospital emergency rooms. The bill also encourages school buses to display signage.
It would provide the National Hotline's single memorable number 888-373-7888 and text line BE FREE (233733) so that victims and survivors can access it wherever they are. Victims are often moved frequently, so a number seen one day in New Jersey can be called the next day from another state.
The National Hotline provides a trauma-informed response to victims and survivors, giving them the choice of whether to seek help from law enforcement. Choice matters to those who have had no choice in what was done to them.
THIS BILL PASSED IN JANUARY 2021 The law is P.L. 2013, c.51 (C.52:17B-237)
Details can be found on the Attorney General's Website: https://www.njoag.gov/programs/human-trafficking/
This bill requires the Department of Education to develop guidelines for school districts concerning child trafficking awareness and prevention.
THIS BILL PASSED IN JULY 2019 P.L.2019, c.189.
The guidelines can be found on our schools page.
This appropriates $100,000 to the Department of Law and Public Safety from the General Fund to the Commission on Human Trafficking, in the Division of Criminal Justice in the Department of Law and Public Safety. This appropriation would provide funds to support the administrative duties of the commission, enabling the commission to address the directives outlined in the "Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection, and Treatment Act.”
On March 21, 2018 the US Senate voted 97-2 in favor of SESTA & HR1865. This followed the 388-25 vote in the House of Representatives on February 28, 2018. This legislation proposes:
- Removing the current legal shield for Internet advertising of child sex trafficking under the guise of free speech.
- Giving victims the right to go to court against those who profited from their exploitation.
- Allowing enforcement of laws to prosecute websites that enable sex trafficking.
- Finally allowing those who profit from these crimes to be held accountable in court.
This is a major victory in the fight to end the sale of children on the Internet. We're grateful to Senators Mendendez and Booker for voting in support of this vital legislation, and the majority of our NJ Congressional Delegation for their votes for HR1865.
Why it matters:
On May 6 2013, the Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection, and Treatment Act was signed in to law. We advocated strongly for the measure, which swiftly passed the NJ General Assembly and Senate with strong bi-partisan support. As a result, New Jersey now has one of the toughest anti-trafficking laws in the United States.
This comprehensive law cracks down on every aspect of trafficking by revising and expanding the state's current laws to criminalize additional activities related to human trafficking, upgrade certain penalties on existing human trafficking or related crimes, increase protections afforded to victims of human trafficking, and provide for increased training and public awareness on human trafficking issues. The law also established a new Commission on Human Trafficking, located in the Department of Law and Public Safety, which evaluates existing laws concerning human trafficking and enforcement, as well as review existing victim assistance programs, and promote a coordinated response by public and private resources for victims of human trafficking.
Among the many important avenues of redress offered in the law for victims are:
- Unjust convictions can be removed from a survivor's criminal record so they will no longer be denied housing, higher education, or a promising career because of convictions that occurred as a result of being trafficked.
- A 15-year-old sex trafficking victim will be able to testify against her trafficker via closed circuit television, saving her from a re-traumatizing confrontation.
- A survivor of labor trafficking whose abuse left him with years of medical bills can sue his trafficker for their cost.
- The National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline will be posted where victims are most likely to see it, putting them one phone call away from hope and help.
- A separate, non-lapsing, dedicated fund known as the Human Trafficking Survivor's Assistance Fund will be administered by the Attorney General's Office to provide services to victims of human trafficking and promote awareness of the crime. To that end, the law takes aim at those that promote or enable human trafficking by sharply increasing fines and penalties for activities associated with human trafficking. All fines collected will be deposited in this fund.
Access our latest reports and protocols to identify and combat human trafficking.