The statewide endeavor, launched through a grant from the Atlantic Health System, was conceived by coalition steering committee member Susan Neigher of Chester.
The coalition is made up of over 100 organizations, including synagogues and Jewish groups, working together to advance the mission of ending human trafficking through education, advocacy, and assistance to survivors.
Neigher is a long-time member of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ’s Community Relations Committee, which convenes the coalition, and copresident of National Council of Jewish Women-West Morris Section, a coalition member.
Organizations and youth groups taking part in the Silhouettes Project are asked to meet to learn more about human trafficking locally, nationally, and internationally.
Each group will receive a five-foot plywood silhouette, a four-foot by two-foot comment board, a stand, and Mylar that can be used to fashion shackles on the figures.
Using these supplies and other materials — for example: paint, glued items, clothing, papier-måche — groups are asked to draw on what they have learned to decorate the silhouette depicting an aspect of human trafficking. The accompanying board should describe the project, leaving space for viewers to post comments and reactions.
Groups will be asked to display their completed projects at events or in a public space in the home community.
The decorated silhouettes will be judged at a free Fair Trade Fair sponsored by the coalition and NCJW-West Morris on Sunday, April 3, 1:30-4 p.m., in the Davidson Room at County College of Morris in Randolph. The entries will be judged — on clarity of information, emotional expression, and craftsmanship — by professional artists and voted on by fair attendees. Winners will receive cash prizes to use to continue their work to combat human trafficking.
Groups wishing to participate must submit a paragraph describing their proposed design to Kathryn Irwin at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Feb. 15. Supplies will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Student or community organizations wishing to participate in the project should contact Neigher at email@example.com or 973-895-4422.