We Were Slaves Coalition Partners With UNICEF To Combat Sex Trafficking
Sex Trafficking is an epidemic with an estimated 26 million victims — more slaves than there were during the Atlantic Slave Trade in the 19th Century. Victims come from every community, from all over the world, including American born children. Human trafficking is the second fastest growing criminal activity in the United States, where there are an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 children exploited in this industry each year (Polaris Project).
We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Sex Trafficking and UNICEF hosted Age is nothing but a number: How YOUTH can help fight human trafficking. The program included an experts panel, a performance by The Arts Effect NYC on real stories of sex trafficking and concluded with a resource fair. The night brought together leaders in the field, including: Micol Rieger, Social Worker and Advocate at Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and Malea Otranto, Anti-human Trafficking Advocate at UNICEF.
Met Council Joins Interfaith Forum On Domestic Violence
Met Council presented at the Flushing Interfaith Council on domestic violence in the Jewish and Russian-speaking communities. The coalition came together to empower community members by educating them on the diverse available resources.
Paulina Ulano, LCSW-R, working in the Family Violence Department, provided tools and resources to help immigrant victims. The panel also discussed the important role religious leaders have of protecting victims.
The Flushing Library hosted the forum, which addressed how domestic violence manifests within Queens diverse communities. The panelists included social service providers from Christian, Hindu and Muslim faiths.
Met Council’s Family Violence Program assists survivors of intimate partner and family abuse as well as sex trafficking victims with a variety of services that create safety, support healing, and promote self-sufficiency.
Met Council's 39th Annual Legislative Breakfast Honors Government Leaders
Met Council honored Congress Member Grace Meng, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, New York City Council Member Mark Levine, New York Council Member Mark Weprin, New York State Assembly Member James Brennan, New York State Assembly Member Phil Goldfeder and New York State Assembly Member Nily Rozic, who champion Met Council’s core mission to aid, sustain and empower vulnerable New Yorkers. More than 250 elected officials, policy makers, Jewish community advocates and leaders gathered to show their support for the tens of thousands of poor New Yorkers served by Met Council each year.
“Met Council’s Legislative Breakfast was a wonderful celebration of the partnership between Met Council and our elected officials,” said Met Council Board of Directors President, Steven Price. “The honorees embody the most important qualities of civil servants: they are fierce defenders of our City’s most vulnerable and creative problem solvers in addressing our community’s most pressing challenges.”
“The honorees are embodiments of Met Council’s mission to tzedakah v’gemilut chasadim, acts of charity and deeds of kindness,” said Met Council CEO and Executive Director Alan Schoor. “In their leadership roles in the halls of government and as champions of our communities, Met Council’s Community Partners Award recipients ensure that vulnerable New Yorkers are clothed, fed, housed, cared for and listened to with respect and dignity.”
While proudly serving all New Yorkers in need, Met Council is a unique provider to the Jewish poor. There are more than 500,000 people in poor and near-poor Jewish households in New York City. Met Council services are a lifeline to these vulnerable populations, providing immediate relief and lasting solutions to the problems they face.
Met Council Raises Critical Funds For Family Violence Services
Met Council celebrated its second Ladies Day Out event, benefiting its Family Violence Program. The event raised more than $92,000.00 in critical funds, which will support access to safe shelter, summer camp scholarships for children, computer training classes, counseling sessions and emergency food packages.
“At Met Council, we know that the face of domestic violence is as diverse as our City, and that’s why we work so hard to address clients needs within the context of their cultural norms,” said Met Council’s CEO and Executive Director Alan Schoor. “As one of the leading social service providers in New York City, it is our responsibility to speak out on behalf of the hundreds of family violence victims who come to us each year in search of support.”