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.

Fight Against Human Trafficking–2016 Legislative Update

NCJW-CA has prioritized the fight against human trafficking in California for several years. In 2016 we were organizational co-sponsors of AB 1760AB 1761, and AB 1762 in partnership with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking to seek justice for human trafficking victims and survivors.

It is imperative that the State of California help survivors of human trafficking restart their lives once they are no longer victims, but arrests and criminal records for non-violent crimes they are forced to commit by their traffickers, such as prostitution, theft, truancy, and loitering, create huge barriers for them to obtain the services they need and have real access to housing and employment. It is also imperative that we not treat children who are engaging in commercial sex acts as criminals, further traumatizing them and reducing the chances that these children will seek or have access to help.

BIG UPDATE! On September 26, 2016, Governor Brown signed AB 1761, providing an affirmative defense for human trafficking victims and survivors in California for the first time. Unfortunately, AB 1760 never made it out of the legislature and AB 1762 was vetoed by the Governor on September 26, 2016. We are pleased that Governor Brown signed SB 823 and SB 1322, two bills that will take steps forward in decriminalizing human trafficking victims and survivors in California. Thank you to all those who took action for this campaign. You made a difference!

Request a Speaker:

To arrange a speaker, please contact Erica Tietz by email at or call (323) 852-8514.

Human Trafficking Outreach Project

In 2013 California took a step in fighting this serious violation of human rights by passing Senate Bill 1193. The law aims to raise awareness about human trafficking in California by mandating that certain businesses publicly post hotline information about human trafficking and organizations that combat it. NCJW-CA co-sponsored SB 1193.

Since 2013, NCJW|LA partnered with other organizations including CAST, to work to implement SB1193 in L.A. county. We formed the Human Trafficking Outreach Project to train volunteers for public outreach to ensure that businesses know about the law and post the hotline posters.

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 Erica for printouts that you may pick up or have mailed to you.

Outreach Tracking Form (for HTOP Volunteers Only):

If you need to fill out your outreach tracking information, please click here.

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 Legislative 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.