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Human Trafficking Resources


The following information and resources are provided to assist educators and families with making connections to appropriate agencies and organizations related to human trafficking.
Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery.  Traffickers use force, fraud or coercion on victims for the purpose of either sexual exploitation or labor. In accordance with federal law, any minor under the age of 18 who is made to perform a commercial sex act is a victim of human trafficking, regardless of whether there is force, fraud or coercion. New Jersey is considered particularly vulnerable to the proliferation of human trafficking due to its dense population and location along the I-95 corridor. 
It is important to raise awareness about this issue and for educators to be knowledgeable of the role they can play in helping those affected. 

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    • If you are interested in human trafficking trainings from the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Criminal Justice, please reach out to Terri Hand at handt@njdcj.org.
    • For community education, contact Avanzar (formerly the Women’s Center) at (609) 646-6767.
    • Training opportunities for both Law Enforcement and Service Providers are available through the Human Trafficking Hotline webpage.

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