Reform Jewish Leader Praises Creation of Human Trafficking Unit in Justice Department
Saperstein: We recognize the divine presence in each and every victim of human trafficking and welcome the additional federal resources now being committed to ending trafficking and prosecuting those responsible.
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Washington, D.C. February 5, 2007- In response to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales’ Wednesday announcement of the creation of the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit within the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
We applaud this week’s announcement by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, Wan J. Kim, of an expansion of the federal government’s efforts to combat human trafficking in the United States. The creation of a Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit within DOJ is a recognition of the gravity of the problem of human trafficking and the need for increased law enforcement resources to combat it. With the unit’s focus on investigation and enforcement, we hope this new department will increase the rate of prosecution of perpetrators and will result in freedom for many of the victims of this modern day slavery.
It is our responsibility to protect the rights of those victimized by human trafficking and help them to reclaim their dignity and independence. Our Jewish tradition teaches, “One who saves one life, it is as if he saves an entire world.” We recognize the divine presence in each and every victim of human trafficking and welcome the additional federal resources now being committed to ending trafficking and prosecuting those responsible.
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the
Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.