Helping Homeless Sex Trafficking Victims and Children at Risk by Ending Demand
“Many factors contribute to the overall number of homeless youth each year, but common reasons are family dysfunction, exiting the child welfare or juvenile justice systems, sex trafficking and sexual abuse,”
According the National Network for Youth, runaway and homeless youth are at risk to falling victim to sex trafficking. “Research has shown that 21-42% of runaway and homeless youth were sexually abused before they left their homes. These young people often flee abuse and violence at home, but are exposed to further sexual victimization and human trafficking once on the street.”
On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)/Essex will host a dessert and dialogue on “Fighting Sex Trafficking: Our Children at Risk” at 7 p.m. at Temple B’nai Abraham, 300 Northfield Rd, Livingston, NJ 07039.
The event will feature a panel of speakers with experience in helping victims and combating sex trafficking including Jayne Bigelsen, Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives, Covenant House, New York.
When homeless youth traffic themselves for sex, it is usually because they desperately need food and/or shelter – the basic necessities.
In 2013, Covenant House New York completed a study in conjunction with Fordham University which found that close to 25% of surveyed NYC Covenant House residents were victims of human trafficking or had been forced to engage in survival sex (trading sex for food or shelter).
The cost of the event is $15 per person and includes coffee and dessert. Please pre-register by Friday, November 25, 2016.
Monarch Housing is a co-sponsor of this event and encourages all our partners to attend.
Panelists will include:
- Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, New Jersey General Assembly, 37th District
- Jayne Bigelsen, Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives, Covenant House, New York
- Nicole Bryan, PhD, Principal Investigator & Strategic Advisor, Human Trafficking Research
Lauren Hersh, Director, Anti-Trafficking Policy & Advocacy at Sanctuary for Families, NY will moderate the panel.