JCAST Chicago Goals:

Goal 1: Expand sex trafficking awareness and knowledge

  • Educate Chicago’s Jewish, legal, and secular communities on sex trafficking, thereby strengthening the #MeToo movement and preventing other forms of gender-based violence.
  • Expand awareness programming in synagogues and collaborate to reach interfaith audiences throughout Chicagoland area.
  • Provide resources to parents: (1) replicate parenting programs piloted in 2018 – Let’s Talk About Girls: Sexuality, Consent in the #MeToo and Internet Age and Let’s Talk About Boys: Sexuality in the #MeToo and Internet Age in synagogues and secular venues including libraries.

Goal 2: Increase engagement in preventing sex trafficking efforts

  • Grow partnership with Response Center and Shalva, educating staff on the spectrum of gender-based violence in the Jewish community.
  • Expand partnership with legal professionals through partnerships with Bar Associations and Law Schools.
  • Explore additional opportunities for JCAST and other Jewish volunteers to build services and resources for survivors through expanded collaboration with Selah Freedom, Traffick Free Drop-In Shelter, and others.
  • Diversify the movement by developing new volunteer opportunities for youth and Millennials.

Goal 3: Improve public policies to end sex trafficking

  • Collaborate with advocacy organizations, local government leaders, and houses of worship to expand laws to prevent sex trafficking activities including massage parlor regulations and safe harbor laws.
  • Provide municipalities with model ordinance(s) and campaigns from other cities.
  • Collaborate with women’s groups, houses of worship and direct service organizations to expand sex trafficking prevention movement.
  • Expand current list-serve of over 850 and increase social media activity.