Conservative leader joins White House meeting on human trafficking


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, the executive vice president of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, participated in a White House meeting on human trafficking.

Schonfeld at the all-day meeting on Monday helped steer a session on building markets for “slave-free” goods.

The meeting drew faith leaders and others active in combating human trafficking. It included top officials from the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services and the State Department.

“After spending the summer developing materials and momentum for rabbis to raise up the issue of modern-day slavery in their congregations, it was thrilling to gather with faith and community leaders from across the country and brainstorm how we can bring awareness of this issue to the scale that will be required in order to eradicate slavery,” Schonfeld said in a statement to JTA.

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