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On any given night on the streets of Atlantic City, there are at least 15 to 20 pimps and at least 10 to 20 child victims of human trafficking – and the number is growing. Show your support by attending HEAAT’s annual Party With A Purpose, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, September 18, at Absecon United Methodist Church.

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Victims of human trafficking are found with nothing. Your support helps us provide many things, from a pair of shoes to our ability to reunite victims with their families. Our current needs far outstrip our resources. Your gift today, no matter the amount, will help combat this growing plague in our community.

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Human trafficking has become one of the fastest-growing crimes in the world and in our community. Our mission is to develop a coordinated community response to combat the perpetrators of human trafficking – a form of modern day slavery. Help us put an end to human trafficking in southern New Jersey.

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The HEAAT Foundation (Helping to Educate and Advocate Against Trafficking) is a non-profit organization committed to supporting and advocating for victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, forced labor, and domestic servitude. More specifically, HEAAT strives to build a coordinated community response to combat the perpetrators of this form of modern-day slavery. We seek to prevent all forms of human trafficking by raising awareness, educating, and empowering the community to take a proactive stance against this crime.

HEAAT is committed to advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels of government to help enact legislation that will combat the perpetrators of trafficking, and also to provide for the needs of survivors, including material and financial needs, as well as emotional and social support. Join the fight by getting involved, making a donation, or spreading the word about human trafficking in our community.

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  • Trafficking primarily involves exploitation, which comes in many forms, including forcing victims into prostitution, subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude, and compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography.
  • According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.
  • According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children.
  • The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14 years old. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children.
  • Human trafficking is the second-largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking). It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year.
  • In 2013, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimated that 1 in 7 endangered runaways reported to them were likely sex trafficking victims.
The fight against human trafficking is never-ending, and if we are to win, we can’t do battle alone. We need your help. No contribution is too small, whether giving of your time, talent, or financial resources. Whether you help us spread the word about human trafficking, bring an awareness event to your neighborhood, report suspicious activity in your community, or make a charitable contribution, you can support this effort. Here are some other ways you can help eliminate human trafficking in southern New Jersey:

  • Volunteer
  • Educate Yourself
  • Host a Training Session
  • Provide Corporate Support
  • Make a Donation

To get involved, contact us at 609.277.3050 or info@heaat.org.

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Show your support of The HEAAT Foundation by attending HEAAT’s annual Party With A Purpose, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, September 18, at Absecon United Methodist Church.

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Tina Minnis
Tina MinnisPresident
Tina Minnis, a co-founder of HEAAT, retired from the N.J. Division of Youth and Family Services after more than 35 years of state service. At that time, she was the manager of the Atlantic East Local Office in Atlantic City. In addition, Tina is a member of the NJ Human Trafficking Task Force and the Anti-Trafficking Task Force of Atlantic County. She holds a M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from The College of New Jersey.
Robert Barney
Robert BarneySecretary
Robert Barney is an assistant professor of social work at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He is a faculty advisor to Stockton Against Modern Slavery, a student organization dedicated to the fight against human trafficking. Robert is a recipient of the Martin Luther King Day of Service Community Engagement Award for his volunteer work in the local community. He holds a PhD in social work.
Joni Whelan
Joni WhelanTreasurer
Joni Whelan, a founding board member of HEAAT, is a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor, as well as a certified social worker. Joni began the first program in the State of New Jersey for children of substance abusers and has been awarded the N.J. Skippy Award for child abuse prevention for her lifetime work in the field of addiction. She is also a recipient of Rowan University’s Addiction Pioneer Award.
Lisa Stevens
Lisa StevensVice President
Lisa Stevens, a co-founder of HEAAT, retired from state services after 25 years as a Social Worker for the N.J. Division of Youth and Family Services. She helped to create ATTAC (Anti-Trafficking Task force of Atlantic County), organized an anti-trafficking group in Burlington County, and works with ICE/FBI/Homeland Security to protect victims rights. She is a co-founder of the New Jersey Organizing Project for Sandy Survivors.

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