Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery in which people are forced, framed, or coerced into labor or sex work. The United States is widely regarded as a destination country for human trafficking. The U.S. Department of State estimates that 14,500 to 17,500 victims are trafficked into the United States each year.

Human Trafficking Survivor Angela Guanzon

Watch Angela Guanzon’s inspiring story of escape from human trafficking, recorded during her speech at NCJW|LA. Angela’s experience shows that human trafficking (both labor trafficking and sex trafficking) is still happening today in the United States.

Human Trafficking Outreach Project

Los Angeles is a top point of entry into this country for victims of slavery and trafficking. The diverse communities of this sprawling city make it easier to hide and move victims from place to place, making it very difficult for law enforcement to locate potential survivors.  In 2012 California took a step in fighting this serious violation of human rights by passing Senate Bill 1193.  This bill that was co-sponsored by NCJW-CA and CAST and went into effect in 2013 mandates that certain businesses must publicly post hotline information about human trafficking and organizations that combat it.

This is vital! According to a report published in January, 2016, “the most important provisions to increase human trafficking arrests are requiring the National Human Trafficking Hotline number to be posted in public places.”  The hotline provides around the clock response to victims of human trafficking and law enforcement and serves as a resource to the community in addition to an emergency response team. The emergency response team provides immediate, short-term services to ensure the safety and well-being of victims when they first escape their trafficking situation.

In LA County, this bill is being implemented through the Human trafficking Outreach Project, which partners with other organizations to train volunteers for public outreach to ensure that businesses are aware of the bill and hang up the posters. Volunteers are also taught how to look for signs of human trafficking. Through this project, calls to the local hotline due to poster viewings have increased by over 400%.

Get involved today by signing up to volunteer or requesting a training for your community! Volunteers can also be trained at home by completing a PowerPoint presentation.

Request a Training:

To request a training for your volunteers/organization click here.

Become a Volunteer:

Please fill in your information on our Volunteer Page and be sure to check “Human Trafficking Outreach Project” when submitting the form.

Download Posters:

If you are a volunteer and you need more posters, click here to download the SB1193 poster in jpeg format. You can also download the PDF version by clicking here. The posters are designed to be printed on size 11 x 17 paper. You can also contact Maya for printouts that you may pick up or have mailed to you.

HTOP Status Reports:

Read our 2016 status reports on the impact, effectiveness, goals, and needs of the Human Trafficking Outreach Project, published May 2016.

Click here to read the report on the status of HTOP in all of LA County.

Click here to read the report on the status of HTOP in the City of Los Angeles.

Op-Ed: How You Can End Slavery

“Throughout the world, nearly 37 million men, women and children are held in bondage. Fighting slavery has not been a Jewish communal priority, but it is time we change that. We must speak up and fight for the freedom of those who are enslaved today. They are not far away; in fact, thousands of them live among us.”

The excerpt above is from an op-ed co-written by NCJW|LA’s Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement Maya Paley and UCLA Professor of Law Jonathan Zasloff on what we can do about human trafficking in California for the Jewish Journal. Click here to read the full article.