August 7, 2013
Now the Community Foundation’s donors are committing to fight human trafficking in a meaningful way, with our sites set squarely on Super Bowl 2014. Scroll down for more information on this important partnership and how you can support efforts to stop human trafficking.
Why the Super Bowl?
Super Bowl 2014 is just around the corner. As New Jersey prepares to host the largest annual sporting event in the country, law enforcement officials are already seeing an increase in the forced prostitution that often accompanies major sporting events. Based on the sheer number of people expected to attend Super Bowl XLVIII, the demand for commercial sex trafficking is expected to spike during the event and in surrounding weeks. Coordinated efforts among law enforcement officials and concerned organizations are taking the lead in combating what is already a major problem in the state.
What is the Community Foundation doing?
CFNJ is supporting the fight against human trafficking with a high-impact Leadership Grant for Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution (S.O.A.P.). Founded by Theresa Flores, a survivor of human trafficking, S.O.A.P. is part of a three-pronged approach initiated by the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking. S.O.A.P. is an innovative tactic that provides direct outreach and assistance for victims as well as training, resources, and awareness for motel operators. Here’s how it works: in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, S.O.A.P. will distribute thousands of soap bars to participating motels. Each bar of soap will be wrapped with a red band that gives the National Human Trafficking Hotline phone number. Trained volunteers will also provide operators of “high risk” motels (under $100 per night) with posters of missing children from the area, key-identifying questions and an overview of what’s happening to young girls in their motels. Motels are also provided with Red Flag brochures for maid’s carts to help identify the signs of human trafficking.
Does S.O.A.P. work?
Who are we working with?
S.O.A.P.’s partners include the Polaris Project, a leading organization in fighting human trafficking on a global scale. S.O.A.P. is also operated in partnership with the Junior Leagues of New Jersey State Public Affairs Committee, which is working through the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking, as well as DOMA International and Traffickfree, which also provide rehabilitation services for victims of human trafficking.
What can you do?
CFNJ is dedicated to combating human trafficking and the devastating effects that it has on victims, families and communities. We are asking all New Jerseyans to send a strong message to the perpetrators of human trafficking and to provide hope and outreach services for victims. Through your support for the S.O.A.P. campaign and its partner organizations, we can offer immediate assistance and potentially save lives.
To support this effort, email Hans at firstname.lastname@example.org.