Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery in which people are coerced or sold 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. NCJW-CA has prioritized the fight against human trafficking in California for several years. In 2016 we were the organizational co-sponsors of AB 1760, AB 1761, and AB 1762 along with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking. We invite you to volunteer with our Human Trafficking Outreach Project.
To learn more about our efforts to fight human trafficking, click here.
Support Our Advocacy!
Gender-related violence is hostility directed against a person because of his or her gender, gender identity, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation. It is a breach of the fundamental right to life, liberty, security, dignity, and equality.
Gender-related violence can include domestic and intimate partner violence, sexual assault and violence, and any form of violence against women, LBGTQ+ individuals, children, and men.
Reproductive justice calls for the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, social, and economic well-being of women and girls, based on the full achievement and protection of women’s human rights. NCJW|LA is working to ensure that all women in America are able to make their own reproductive decisions without having to worry about affordability or accessibility. NCJW|LA is an Executive Committee Member of the LA Coalition for Reproductive Justice.
Healthcare is a human right, and NCJW|LA is proud to have played an active role in helping pass the Affordable Care Act. The Act has provided essential medical coverage to those who were unable to access it or pay for it. It is a benefit to women in particular because of the many preventive health services that it provides without co-pays or other extra costs.
We are currently working hard to ensure that the Affordable Care Act is not repealed so that more and more people throughout the country can access the healthcare they need.
NCJW|LA believes that we all have a responsibility to speak for the children in our communities. We must provide a voice when they are too young or do not have the ability to speak out about the issues that affect them.
Children’s rights include:
- The right to a free and fair education
- The right to an improved foster care system
- The right to ensuring that youth can obtain the healthcare they need including abortions and birth control without parental consent and with confidentiality
- The right to access to higher education
- The right to comprehensive support for homeless, runaway, LGBTQ+, immigrant and undocumented youth
- Economic justice encompasses the moral principles which guide us in designing our economic policies. These policies determine how each person earns a living, participates in the economy, and contributes to society. NCJW|LA is a Steering Committee Member of the CA Work and Family Coalition.
Current economic justice issues include:
- A fair and appropriate minimum wage for all workers. NCJW|LA supported a fair and appropriate minimum wage for all workers in the City of Los Angeles in 2015.
- Expanding and ensuring access to paid family leave and paid sick days. NCJW|LA was an active member of the coalition to pass paid sick days in the City of Los Angeles in 2016.
- Ending wage theft
- Fair scheduling
Women’s Rights in Israel
More than half the population of Israel is female. Without the right to marry or divorce as they choose, pray as they choose, and receive equal pay and equal opportunity in the workplace, women in Israel do not have rights equal to those of men.
Israeli society continues to evolve as more and more women demand their fair and equal rights amidst serious challenges to those rights. NCJW|LA has long been committed to advancing the status of women in Israel by helping them to develop a stronger voice at all levels of society.
To learn more about and support our Israel Granting Program, which addresses these issues by providing grants to NCJW Israel, click here.
Violence against LGBTQ people, social and religious isolation, workplace discrimination and unemployment and homelessness are some of the major issues facing this community. NCJW|LA has a strong record of supporting equality for our LGBTQ+ community members, including partnerships with LGBTQ+ organizations and the City of West Hollywood.
Gun Violence Prevention
Firearms killed 36,252 people in the United States in 2015, according to the Center for Disease Control. This is more than the number of people killed in traffic accidents in the same year.
NCJW|LA works for laws, policies and programs to restrict and regulate firearms in order to prevent gun violence. We support measures to require all gun buyers to pass a criminal background check, including closing the private sale loophole; banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; and making gun trafficking a federal crime. These common-sense proposals would close deadly gaps in our gun laws and ensure that law enforcement agencies have the tools they need to detect and deter gun trafficking.
From its founding, NCJW|LA has been an advocate on behalf of immigrants. Today we support comprehensive immigration reform that allows hard-working undocumented immigrants to earn legal status and citizenship, expedites family reunification, establishes humane border security policies and ensures that immigrant women and families have access to basic human services during the legalization process.
Get Out The Vote
NCJW|LA volunteers work to Get Out the Vote by registering voters at NCJW events, Council Thrift Shops, and high school and college campuses.
In recent years, many states have made repeated attempts to curb voting rights with laws that make requirements for voting unnecessarily burdensome. Although Congress reauthorized the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 in 2006 with tremendous bipartisan support, the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder gutted a key provision of the law. Before the Shelby County decision, certain states and jurisdictions had to report any voting law changes to the Department of Justice (DOJ) prior to implementation. Despite the VRA’s record of success in preventing discriminatory voting practices, the Supreme Court ruled that the law used an inappropriate method or formula to determine which states required federal oversight. As a result, this decision opened the door for a wave of restrictions in state and local governments that will deny millions of Americans access to the polls.
NCJW continues to oppose any effort to erode voting rights and advocates for a legislative fix to repair the damage done to the Voting Rights Act by the Shelby County decision.
NCJW supports the bipartisan Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 (VRAA, S 1659/HR 2867), introduced on June 24, 2015 in response to the Shelby County decision, by Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) in the House and by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in the Senate. This legislation offers a modern, flexible, and forward-looking set of protections that would provide new tools to combat voting discrimination before it occurs.
Protecting Our Immigrants
NCJW|LA prioritizes protecting immigrants from unjust anti-immigrant policies that separate families, force people to live in fear on a daily basis, and arbitrarily criminalize immigrants in our community. This year we are supporting SB 54, the CA Values Act, with the ICE Out of California Coalition.
NCJW|LA believes that we must protect our environment. We support environmental justice policies such as those aiming to improve air quality in marginalized communities.