NCJW NY is proud to launch ProTruth, a campaign and a movement to fight against the deceptive and harmful tactics of fake clinics, also known as “crisis pregnancy centers,” in New York City.
Fake clinics look and sound like real women’s health centers, but they are often unlicensed and volunteer run, with no doctors or medical professionals on site. Very simply, the goal of fake clinics is to prevent individuals from obtaining abortion care and other reproductive healthcare, using tactics such as lying about abortion and its health effects, intentionally delaying a person’s decision-making, and emotionally manipulating patients.
We believe it is unacceptable for any person to be manipulated or lied to about their body. To follow our campaign, follow IAmProTruth on Facebook, sign up for our ProTruth mailing list, and visit www.protruthny.org for an interactive map and other information.
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 Rights, Justice, and Gender Equality
- Economic Justice, with a focus on Hunger and Nutrition
- Immigration and Refugee Rights
The Advocacy Leadership Committee needs your ideas, your skills, your energy, and your voice!
To get involved with the Advocacy Leadership Committee, please contact Aviva Zadoff at 646-884-9466 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter for the most recent updates on our events and news.
Exposing the Lives of Crisis Pregnancy Centers: A Film Screening of Lifehouse and Panel Discussion
Monday, January 14th
Attendees saw the film Lifehouse, created and directed by Heba Elorbany that takes viewers behind internships at so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” exposing them to the deceptive tactics these clinics use to manipulate women and mislead them about their pregnancy options.
Not On Our Watch: The War Against Sex Trafficking
Monday, October 22nd
The Advocacy Leadership Committee hosted NCJW NY supporters at a performance of Katie Capiello’s piece, One Click Away, which speaks frankly about the trafficking of young girls on the internet, and exposes the ease with which young people can be lured into the world of sex trafficking.
Joining the Resistance: An Evening with Emma Gray
Wednesday, May 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
The Emerging Leaders Council of the National Council of Jewish Women New York planned an evening with Emma Gray, Senior Editor at HuffPost Women and author of “A Girl’s Guide to Joining the Resistance.” Our attendees sat down the Emma to discuss the issues of our time and the ways we can join the fight for justice and women’s rights.
Sex Trafficking: A Wake Up Call For Men
Tuesday, May 22 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Duane Morris, LLP | 1540 Broadway | New York, NY
Sex trafficking is a multibillion dollar industry and the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. The majority of victims in the United States are women and girls, often as young as 12 years old. In New York state, more than 4,000 underage youth are bought, sold and trafficked for sexual purposes each night. What is sex trafficking? Who is at risk of being trafficked? What tactics do traffickers use to lure and control their victims? Why don’t victims leave their traffickers? Join us for an informal panel discussion to find out how New York courts, law enforcement, community-based service providers and activists are addressing sex trafficking in our own backyard. Be part of the conversation and the solution.
Lobby Day in Albany
Monday, April 30th
NCJW NY members and allies met with State Representatives in Albany to advocate for reproductive rights and justice, anti sex trafficking legislation, and immigrant and refugee rights.
A Conversation on Sex Trafficking and Immigration in Our Communities
Tuesday, February 6th, @ 6pm at San Damiano Hall, 127 West 31st Street
The current status of immigration in the US has a profound effect on women and families. Please join NCJW NY and The Migrant Center for an informative conversation with immigration attorneys working with those who are victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking. A the end of the program, we will share meaningful ways that individuals in our communities in need of legal services can get connected to the pro-bono legal community. Moderated by Maria Mostajo, former state prosecutor and former Inspector General of various NYC agencies, including the Department of Corrections and School Construction Authority.
2018 NYC Women’s March
Saturday, January 20th
NCJW NY was thrilled to participate in the 2018 NYC Women’s March, and to hear NCJW CEO Nancy Kaufman speak. As she said, “As a progressive faith-based women’s organization, we are thrilled to join in solidarity with the organizers, march supporters, and participants to send a message to the new Congress and administration that the rights of women, families, and communities must be protected.”
One Click Crimes
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.
Screening of I Am Jane Doe
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.
Voices for Choice Panel Discussion
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.
Stories of Courage
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.
Interfaith Passover Seder
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.
In Our Backyard
A film screening followed by a conversation with filmmaker Danielle Rose; Carol Smolenski, Executive Director at ECPAT USA; and Iryna, a sex trafficking survivor.
Sex Trafficking and Pornography: Making the Connection Visible
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.