June 18, 2014

“The Challenge of Human Trafficking”

On Thursday, June 26, 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 50 Cherry Hill Road, attorney Jeffrey S. Chiesa will deliver a talk on “The Challenge of Human Trafficking.” The event is sponsored by the Princeton Area Interfaith Anti-Torture Group.

Mr. Chiesa is a former United States Senator and New Jersey attorney general who has had a long-term concern about human trafficking throughout his career. He served in the United States Senate following the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg. During his time in the Senate, Mr. Chiesa participated in a number of committees including Homeland Security, where he worked to improve information sharing among federal agencies following the bombing at the Boston marathon and continued his work to combat and raise awareness of human trafficking.

It is estimated that 100,000 girls under 18 years old in the United States are trafficked into commercial sex each year. In a place like Nigeria, some two-thirds of women in the region have had no formal education, only 1 in 20 has completed high school and half are married by age 15.

Mr. Chiesa will be introduced by Tracy Thompson, Assistant Attorney General for Human Trafficking. The event’s numerous co-sponsors, include Coalition for Peace Action; Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton – (UUCP) Social Justice Committee; All Saints Church; Princeton Community TV; Women Who Never Give Up, and Jonette C. Smart, President, Trenton NAACP. Light Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.