“The work of three California NCJW Sections together with many California NCJW members symbolizes the commitment of the National Council of Jewish Women to advocate on behalf of women, children, and families and to advance social and economic justice. We are extremely proud of the pioneering work of our California members to prevent trafficking and assist survivors.” –NCJW, Inc. President Debbie Hoffmann
The focus of the statewide effort was to promote implementation of the new law by reaching out to local businesses to ensure they posted the anti-trafficking information as the law provides. The Sacramento and Los Angeles sections, joined later by Long Beach, led the way in forming networks, expanding contacts, recruiting volunteers, and garnering publicity that had a double impact of improving compliance with the law and educating members of the Jewish and general public about the need to act to end trafficking. Hotline calls to California’s Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking have increased by 250 percent since 2013 as a result of the many posters NCJW members placed. The effort to train and mobilize volunteers is ongoing and has contributed significantly to general awareness and to increased membership in NCJW.