ATEST Welcomes New Member Organization

The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking is proud to announce another outstanding organization has joined the coalition. The new member is T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. The group’s reach and expertise will strengthen the coalition’s collective influence.

T’ruah’s mission statement underscores a deep commitment to human rights:

T’ruah brings together rabbis and cantors from all streams of Judaism, together with all members of the Jewish community, to act on the Jewish imperative to respect and advance the human rights of all people. Grounded in Torah and our Jewish historical experience, and guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we call upon Jews to assert Jewish values by raising our voices and taking concrete steps to protect and expand human rights in North America, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

“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 2000 rabbis and cantors to supporting critically needed federal legislation to prevent forced labor and support social services for survivors.”

T’ruah is the third organization to join ATEST in 2018, bringing the coalition to 12 members.

“It’s vital that faith-based organizations are part of the anti-slavery movement,” noted ATEST Steering committee Co-Chair Terry FitzPatrick. “T’ruah will bring specialized policy expertise to our collation and will contribute an additional dimension of moral authority and public reach to ATEST’s engagement with policymakers and the public.”

The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) is a U.S. based coalition that advocates for solutions to prevent and end all forms of human trafficking and modern slavery around the world.

We advocate for lasting solutions to prevent labor and sex trafficking, hold perpetrators accountable, ensure justice for victims and empower survivors with tools for recovery. Our collective experience implementing programs at home and abroad provides our coalition an unparalleled breadth and depth of expertise.

ATEST is comprised of the following organizations: Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), Free the Slaves, Human Trafficking Institute, National Network for Youth (NN4Y), Polaris, Safe Horizon, Solidarity Center, T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, United Way Worldwide, Verité, and Vital Voices Global Partnership.