NCJW NY’s Advocacy Leadership Committee
National Council of Jewish Women New York (NCJW NY) has a long and rich history of speaking out to educate the public on vital issues and influence legislators to implement progressive policies. Since its founding in 1894, NCJW NY has provided a voice for the voiceless and worked to address economic and social inequality. NCJW NY has been a leading voice in the fight against sex trafficking, child labor, sweatshops, and domestic violence.
Today, NCJW NY’s Advocacy Leadership Committee (ALC) is a multi-generational, interfaith group of women committed to affecting social change. We are diverse, from all different professions and walks of life, bringing varied skills and points of view to the Committee’s endeavors. In partnership with NCJW NY’s professional staff, ALC volunteers work to educate the community and to affect policy at the local, state, and federal level.
The ALC serves as leaders and conveners of a wide network of grassroots advocates. Toward this end, the ALC organizes panel discussions, film screenings, salons, and lobby visits. Committee members have an opportunity to develop an expertise in one or more issues of their choosing; to take a leadership role in setting the advocacy agenda; and develop the strategy to achieve the goals we set.
While NCJW NY is committed to seeking social justice through the lens of Jewish teachings and values, our work is non-sectarian and our issues are universal, affecting people of all races, religions, and walks of life.
Current areas of focus include:
- Anti-Sex Trafficking
- Reproductive Justice
- Economic Justice, with a focus on Hunger and Nutrition
- Gender Equality, with a focus on Economic Equality
- Immigration and Refugee Rights
The Advocacy Leadership Committee needs your ideas, your skills, your energy, and your voice! To get involved, email Yael Reisman, Director of Outreach and Engagement at NCJW NY or call her at 646-884-9462, or Pamela Kling Takiff, Chair of the Advocacy Leadership Committee.
Check back soon!
Monday, October 16, 2017 at Cardozo Law School
Up against a multi-billion dollar industry, trafficking victims and their advocates find themselves on a collision course with judges, special interest groups, websites like Backpage.com, and a law intended to protect Internet freedom. We hosted a panel of noted lawyers and activists for a discussion of the challenges faced by trafficking victims and their advocates seeking justice.
June 12, 2017 at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, NYC
I Am Jane Doe chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex trafficking on Backpage.com, the adult classifieds section that for years was part of Village Voice. It is a heart-wrenching human story and fresh look at a social and legal issue that affects every community in America.
May 9, 2017, 6:00 pm
An evening of education and conversation on the current realities of reproductive justice in New York City and State. Learn about the work of NCJW NY’s reproductive justice advocacy efforts and the unique perspective of NCJW NY in the fight for reproductive justice as a progressive faith-based organization. Expert speakers will discuss how we can all work together to protect the rights of women.
Lobby Day in Albany
April 5, 2017
A delegation of volunteer advocates joined NCJW NY on a day of advocacy in Albany to urge state legislators to pass key reproductive justice legislation – the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act. In addition, advocates discussed the scope of sex trafficking in our state, and the need for more services and support for victims and survivors.
God of Vengeance
NCJW NY hosted a talkback on sex trafficking after the Off-Broadway performance of this controversial 1907 Yiddish play about a Jewish family who owns a brothel.
A discussion with bestselling author Isabel Vincent, who wrote Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced into Prostitution in the Americas, and Lori Cohen, Director of the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at Sanctuary for Families, about sex trafficking in past and present.
A panel discussion co-sponsored by the law firm Duane Morris and featuring The Honorable Judge Toko Serita of the Queens Human Trafficking Intervention Court; Rachel Lloyd, Founder and President, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS); Julina Guo, Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow, Sanctuary for Families; and John Temple, Chief, Human Trafficking Response Unit, New York District Attorney’s Office.
A small-plate Seder exploring modern day slavery in our midst, led by Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer of Romemu and the Reverend Adrian Dannhauser, Associate Rector of Church of the Incarnation.
A film screening followed by a conversation with filmmaker Danielle Rose; Carol Smolenski, Executive Director at ECPAT USA; and Iryna, a sex trafficking survivor.
A presentation featuring Dr. Gail Dines of Wheelock College and Culture Reframed; Dr. Holly Atkinson, Distinguished Medical Lecturer and Medical Student Advisor at CUNY School of Medicine and former Director of the Human Rights Program in The Arnhold Global Health Institute at Mount Sinai; and Lori Cohen, Esq., Director of the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at Sanctuary for Families.
To learn more about sex trafficking here in New York City and throughout the United States, visit the We Were Slaves website.