“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.
October 8, 2018
“T’ruah is thrilled to be invited to be a member of ATEST, our nation’s premier coalition dedicated to supporting those vulnerable to trafficking,” said T’ruah Deputy Director Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster. “We are especially excited to be ATEST’s first member directly representing the Jewish community, and we’re looking forward to bringing the moral voices of our network of more than 2,000 rabbis and cantors to supporting critically needed federal legislation to prevent forced labor and support social services for survivors.”
June 15, 2018
Twenty-seven national Jewish organizations, including T’ruah, call for an end to the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy at the border.
February 17, 2016
T’ruah Applauds Elimination of Loophole that Allowed Slavery-produced Products into the United StatesT’ruah congratulates the Senate and President Obama for taking meaningful action to prevent products produced via forced labor from reaching the United States. The Senate…