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Safe Horizon Joins 7/30 Conference to Combat Human Trafficking & Domestic Violence in NYC

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TK Singleton, 718.825.2342,  



With over 2,200 children subjected to trafficking in the City of New York according to the New York State Office of Children and Families, 280,531 Domestic Incident Reports filed in New York City in 2013 and 843 domestic violence homicides reported in the five boroughs (2002-2013), The New York City Faith-Based Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence seeks to educate, train and equip faith leaders to effectively combat these atrocities. The conference focus is to engage faith, community, government and service providers to become active participants in their citywide "Not On My Watch!" movement. The "Not On My Watch!" movement is represented by all faith with an initial goal of setting up 200 safe havens across the city to take action against human trafficking, domestic violence and other crimes against women and children by speaking out against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in their respective communities .


Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President

Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner, NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs

Taina Bien-Aime, Esq., Executive Director, NYS Anti-Trafficking Coalition

Jayne Bigelsen, Director of External Affairs/Anti Human Trafficking, Covenant House Rev. Dr. Cheryl Anthony, Brooklyn Director, NYC Faith-Based Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence

Jennifer Jones-Austin, Executive Director, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President

Ana Cody, Senior Manager, Outreach & Community Engagement,

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Maureen Curtis, Associate Vice President, Criminal Justice Programs, Safe Horizon Laurie Cumbo, NYC Councilmember, Chair, Women Issues

Gaynel Curry, Gender and Women's Rights Advisor, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Rev. Que English, Founder and Chair, The NYC Faith-Based Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence, a division of the New York City Clergy Roundtable

Rev. Dr. Elaine Flake, Co-Pastor, The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York

Rev. Dr. Paula Gravelle, Executive Director, State Council of Churches

Deanna Green, Training Director, GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services)

Lauren Hersh, Director of Anti-Trafficking Policy and Advocacy, Sanctuary for Families Robert Johnson, District Attorney, Bronx

Rabbi Robert Kaplan, Founding Director, Cause-NY, Jewish Community Relations Council Doreen Lesane, CEO and Founder, Sunshine In My Living Room

Wanda Lucibello, Brooklyn District Attorney Office

Brian Martin, Founder and CEO, Children of Domestic Violence

Susan Morley, Senior Advisor For Investigations to the Commissioner of ACS

David Myers, Director, Center for Faith Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Katie Cappiello & Meg McInerney, Founders, The Arts Effect

Audrey Moore, Chief of Special Victims Unit, NY County District Attorney Office

Rev. Evelyn Pacheco, Vice Chair, NYC Faith-Based Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence

Amy Paulin, NYS Assembly Member, Assembly District 88

Rose Pierre-Louis, Commissioner, Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence

Imam Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid, Religious and Spiritual Leader, The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood

Rev. Raleigh Sadler, Director of Justice Ministries, Metropolitan Baptist Association and Vice Chair NYC Faith-Based Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence

Kenneth P. Thompson, Kings County District Attorney

Ruth Hassell-Thompson, NYS Senator, 36th Senate District

Shihomi Tonogawa, Assistant Director for Client Services, New York Asian Women's Center Suzi Chun-Turley, Director of Strategy and Development, RestoreNYC

Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt, Founder, Strategic Destiny


U.S. Senator Kirsten Gilibrand U.S. Senator Charles Schumer U.S. Congressman Elliot Engel Mayor Bill de Blasio

Former Mayor David N. Dinkins


Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10452


Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 9:00am - 5:00pm


The New York City Faith-Based Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence

wasformedasacalltoactiontofaith-basedleadersintheGreaterNewYorkarea. Themission is to gather women (and men) of faith from across NYC to work together to combat these issues intheirrespectivecommunities. TheCoalitionworkstobrainstormideas,strategize,develop and implement short- and long-term action plans that will yield a decline in fatalities from domestic violence and victims of trafficking. Voices of women and men of faith as well as service providers come together to create action steps to accomplish this goal. Part of its mission is to educate, train and equip faith leaders to be set up as safe havens and be a vital representative of the coalition's "Not On My Watch!" movement. This is done in partnership with government agencies, elected officials, community leaders, law enforcement and service providers.

Corporate Sponsors:

MetroPlus HealthPlan

NY CityServe


Bronx Clergy Criminal Justice Roundtable Inc.

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