“This year we are slaves; next year, may we be free.”
“No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all other forms.”
—Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 4
T’ruah is leading the charge in the Jewish community against modern-day slavery and human trafficking, focusing on the issue of slavery in supply chains. Our work includes
- Partnering with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to expand the Fair Food Program, the most effective slavery prevention program in U.S. agriculture.
- We are the only Jewish organization that is a member of ATEST, the Alliance to End Slavery &Trafficking, the premier U.S. coalition dedicated to supporting those vulnerable to trafficking.
- Supporting federal legislation to help survivors of trafficking.
- Training more than 70 rabbis in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC to engage their communities in addressing slavery and trafficking locally.
- Co-leading the Jewish Coalition Against Trafficking, together with the National Council of Jewish Women.
- Partnering with Equal Exchange and Divine Chocolate, to encourage Jewish communities to purchase kosher Fair Trade Chanukah gelt, kosher-for-Passover chocolate, coffee, and other products.
Three thousand years after the Jewish people are said to have been liberated from slavery, and 150 years after the Civil War, more people are enslaved today than at any other point in history. According to the most conservative estimates of the International Labor Organization, nearly 21 million people are held in situations of forced labor today: three out of every 1,000 people in the world.
Human trafficking does not occur in a vacuum but represents the extreme end of a continuum of worker exploitation and vulnerability. We therefore support worker-led campaigns to raise wages, combat abuses, and create meaningful enforcement mechanisms to implement hard-won rights.
April 9, 2021
This is the beginning of a movement, not the end. Already, we are hearing reports about how their efforts have inspired others to fight.
March 31, 2021
As Jews around the world observe Passover, the holiday dedicated to recognizing those who are still facing oppression today, a group of New York rabbis and cantors are joining the calls for the New York State Legislature to include $3.5 billion in funding in the New York State budget for an Excluded Workers Fund to provide income to essential workers who were excluded from stimulus and other COVID-19 relief.
October 3, 2019
When human rights are at risk, every day that goes by without Hannaford joining Milk with Dignity could make the difference for the life of a dairy worker. We urge Hannaford to support the human rights of Vermont dairy workers and join Milk with Dignity without delay.