EXODUS: NCJW’s Anti-Sex Trafficking Initiative – This campaign, NCJW’s newest effort, focuses on raising awareness about sex trafficking of women and children in the US and aims to create important social change through the passage and enforcement of laws. Taking to heart our history as slaves in Egypt and our belief that no one should be exploited as Jews once were, NCJW aims to expose and address the aspects of this hidden and complex issue — sex trafficking in the US — with a focus on women and children through a powerful program of public awareness, education, and advocacy.
NCJW South Cook Anti-Trafficking Training Program for Community Service Professionals
On November 15, 2016, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) South Cook Section sponsored an anti-trafficking (sex and labor trafficking) program at the Irwin Center in Homewood.
Over 20+ professionals from various “on the scene” responder groups, including police officers, social workers, ER personnel, and others participated in a 2 hour program presented by the Salvation Army’s STOP-IT division. STOP-IT builds relationships with trafficked persons, through outreach, ongoing case management and support, and service referrals. STOP-IT also trains community service providers and raises public awareness on human trafficking.
Funded by the Judith Mostovoy Fund, this training for professionals grew from a previous NCJW South Cook Fall Program in November 2014, when a panel presented a program to provide awareness information to NCJW members about human trafficking in all its forms.
Summar Ghias, STOP-IT Human Trafficking Task Force Coordinator, and Laura Linner, a Case Management Specialist, delivered a comprehensive and informative presentation touching on every facet of human-trafficking. Participants were given tools to identify victims and techniques in how to best break the cycle of trafficking. Dialogue was encouraged and small group activity participation was extremely helpful.
NCJW South Cook committee members include: Ellen Kaplan, Debby Pebworth, Debra Borodkin, and Sharon Johnson. Many thanks to Gloria Lippert, Bonnie Ribet, Lynne Oberman, Jody Markus, Magda Roth, and Susan Bayer for their contributions to the program.
President – NCJW South Cook
VOICES FOR REPRODUCTIVE CHOICES – This campaign mobilizes NCJW advocates to speak out to protect every woman’s reproductive rights and access to reproductive healthcare.
HIGHER GROUND: NCJW’s Domestic Violence Campaign – A national effort to end domestic violence by improving the economic status of women. This campaign works to ensure that no woman has to choose between financial security and personal safety.
BENCHMARK: Judicial Nominations Campaign – This is a national campaign to educate and advocate for a fair and independent federal judiciary that will protect constitutional rights, including a woman’s right to reproductive choice.
PLAN A: NCJW’s Campaign for Contraceptive Access – This campaign educates and empowers individuals to advocate for women’s universal access to contraceptive and health information.
PROMOTE THE VOTE: Protect the Vote- This initiative mobilizes members to work to ensure that all eligible voters are able to vote and that every vote is counted.
YAD b’YAD – Israel Initiative to Nurture Knowledge- NCJW’s grant program that supports grassroots organizations serving at-risk children and their families in Israel.
THE NCJW WOMEN STUDIES FORUM (The Forum) at Tel Aviv University – This grant program is a volunteer association of faculty members and students working to advance research and analysis in feminist studies. It acts as a bridge
between academia and the community at large.