August 2019
JCAST August Blog

Sept 20th- Creating Sanctuary from Violence: T-Visas, Trafficking, & Trauma

The American Bar Association highlighted the crime of sex trafficking in a recent article and event in California. Sex trafficking is also a critical issue in Illinois because of its Midwest location, connection to multiple highway systems, and large airport. In fact, Illinois has the seventh highest amount of sex trafficking activity compared to other states. 

On Friday, September 20th, the Jewish Community Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago is partnering with DePaul University, College of Law's Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center, and attorney Helen Tarokic of Helen Tarokic Law PLLC of Wilmington, NC to offer a unique program exploring the connection between immigration, trafficking, and domestic violence. We are excited to welcome speakers from Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, Department of Labor, Lifespan, and Catholic Multicultural Center (Madison, WI). Half and full day options with lunch offered. CLE's will be provided (pending approval). Early bird pricing through August 31 st ! Visit our symposium website to register .

JCAST Chicago
2019 Fall Events

  • Sept 20- Creating Sanctuary from Violence: TVisas, Trafficking, and Trauma. Cosponsored and presented at DePaul Law School, Chicago. For more information see our August Blog. Register today!

  • Oct 29- (9:00AM-12:00PM) Commerical Exploitation of Children, Beth Israel, Skokie- JCAST is excited to partner with JCFS and Sellah Freedom for this training for social workers, service providers, and others.
  • Nov 8- Symposium for a Safer Lake County, Trinity College, Deerfield- Join JCAST Chicago and other speakers discussing violence prevention in Lake County! Register today!

  • Nov. 10 (10-11:30AM)- Sex Trafficking introduction and awareness Event- Etz Chaim, Lombard

  • Nov. 24 (10-11:30AM) & Dec. 15 (9:45 -11:15AM) - Parenting replication program-sessions 1 and 2- Etz Chaim, Lombard
Our kids are growing up in a world very different than previous generations.
They have easy exposure to pornography (90% of kids ages 8-16 have seen
pornography online) and cultural attitudes towards “hooking up” can impact
their sexual development and safety. This program will help adults
understand the risks kids face, and the opportunities to impact child
development through appropriate (sometimes uncomfortable) conversations
with our young people about sexuality and relationships. JCAST Chicago is
excited to offer our successful parenting programs for parents and other
family members of tweens and teens. 

  • Dec 8- Hadassah Chanukah party, Buffalo Grove
Steering Committee
JCAST Chicago is led by a Steering Committee of dedicated volunteers. To learn more and get involved. Email Gayle

Steering Committee Co-Chairs:
Donna Fishman
Susan Rifas

Steering Committee:
Ronna Ash, Hadassah
Susan Block, Hadassah
Cathy Carmody
Tracy Medansky
Sherry Petlin
Anita Pildes
Bonnie Ribet
Heather Ross
Stacy Saef
Joan Zahnle
Diane Zidman

Gayle Nelson, 
Engagement and Development Director
Ensure there is a Chicago Jewish voice against sex trafficking. Support our unique events and innovative partnerships. Make your gift on our secure website today!
JCAST Chicago on the Move
JCAST Chicago has been busy giving presentations across the Chicago Metropolitan area, for Jewish and secular groups. Recently, JCAST leaders spoke at a:
  • Hadaasah meeting
  • 3 local Rotary meetings
  • Northshore Senior Center discussion

Please help JCAST Chicago secure speaking "gigs" at Jewish and secular organizations. Contact Donna at  with names and contacts at synagogues, chavurot, and other organizations. 
Take Action!

Here are some things you can do today to take action against Sex Trafficking: 

Visit our website  to keep up-todate with the issues most relevant to you.  Sign up  for JCAST Chicago, NCJW or Sex Trafficking Action Alerts today! 

* Send a Letter
Send a letter calling on local leaders and law enforcement to enforce laws and end demand.  Visit our website  to print out instructions and samples.

* Hang a Flyer
Victims may visit bus stations, grocery stores, currency exchanges, and gas stations. Hang a poster featuring the hotline for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. and help them escape to safety!  Visit our website  for more information and to print flyers.

* Write a Letter to the Editor
Write a letter to the editor when you learn publicly about arrests of perpetrators of sex trafficking. Commending the media, the police departments involved, and local authorities keeps sex trafficking in the news and encourages more enforcement.  Visit our website for a sample letter to the editor.

  • Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, Siddharth Kara
  • Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World where Girls are not for Sale, Rachel Lloyd
  • The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy it, Victor Malarek 
  • The Natashas: Inside the Global Sex Trade, Victor Malarek
  • Women Hold up Half the Sky: Turing Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Sheryl Wudunn and Nicholas Kristof

IN PLAIN SIGHT Podcast to End Human Trafficking Each week, the IN PLAIN SIGHT Podcast features a an inspiring speaker who may educate you in your work to end human trafficking around the globe.  Click here  for a link to the website.

CAASE Developing Research Report on Chicago Diversion Court

The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) is developing a research report with recommendations on Chicago's alternative court for those arrested for prostitution offenses, the Chicago Prostitution and Trafficking Intervention Court (CPTIC). For our report about the impact of this diversion court, we're looking to meet with CPTIC participants (both those who did and didn't complete the program) who are willing to share their thoughts about what worked or didn't work for them throughout this process. CAASE is providing a small stipend for participation. For more information or contact Madeline .
Jewish Community Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago
847-853-8889 * Website * Contact

JCAST Chicago is an initiative of the National Council of Jewish Women Chicago North Shore. For more information on NCJW, please visit our website .