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Human Trafficking

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.

Gender-Related Violence

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.

To learn about The Talk Project, our peer-to-peer sexual violence awareness program for high school students, click here or visit The Talk Project’s website at www.changethetalk.org.

Reproductive Rights and Justice

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.

Economic Justice

  • 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