Programs

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking

We are committed to combating the crime of Human Trafficking through education, collaboration and prosecution.

The Task Force’s goals are to:
  • Train and assist law enforcement in methods of identifying victims and signs of trafficking in order to disrupt and interdict this activity
  • Coordinate statewide efforts in the identification and provision of services to victims of human trafficking
  • Increase the successful interdiction and prosecution of trafficking of human persons

A victim of trafficking may look like many of the people you see every day. Ask the right questions and look for clues. You are vital because you may be the only outsider with the opportunity to speak to a victim.

Fourth Annual Sgt. Noelle Holl Award

Sgt. Noelle Holl left behind a legacy of putting victims first and relentlessly pursuing traffickers.  The Task Force honors that legacy every year by awarding a deserving law enforcement officer.  This year, we are honored to announce that HSI Special Agent Ronald Conyers is the recipient (see attached).  Please join us in congratulating Agent Conyers during the Human Trafficking Awareness Event on January 28, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

Program Award Letter

Human Trafficking Month - Virtual Event Flyer

Notice of Public Meeting
January 20, 2021 12:30 p.m.

Contacts

Program Contacts
Annmarie Taggart
Deputy Attorney General
Chair – NJ Human Trafficking Task Force
Division of Criminal Justice
609-984-6500
Kathy Friess
Program Coordinator
Division of Criminal Justice
856-486-3912
Lisa Rastelli
Deputy Attorney General Chair – NJ HT Liaisons
Division of Criminal Justice
856-414-8580

NJ Human Trafficking Hotline 

855.END.NJ.HT (855-363-6548)

If you believe you have identified a trafficking victim call 24/7 toll-free 855.END.NJ.HT (855-363-6548).
It is important to remember that holding a victim in jail, even for a short time, will more than likely deter her/him from cooperating with the investigation. Also, trafficking victims, in particular, will have many needs, such as; shelter, food, clothing, and medical attention.
Fax number: 609-633-7798
New Jersey Human Trafficking Liaisons
 

Atlantic

Danielle Buckley
AP
buckley_d@acpo.org
609-909-7885
C: 609-579-8004

William Adamson
SGT
adamson_w@acpo.org
609-909-7952
C: 609-442-2355

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:
Call Atlantic County Sheriff’s Communications Center at 609-909-7200, which will then contact the Liaisons

Bergen
Det Jonnese Arrington
201-226-5685 (office)
551-206-0206 (cell)
Det Franco Alberga
201-226-5727 (office)
551-486-6968 (cell)
Kristin J. DeMarco, AP
Chief, Special Victims Unit
201-226-5752 (office)
Det Jennifer Paredes
201-226-5542 (office)
551-223-2549 (cell)

 

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:
Call Bergen County Police 24-hour Duty Line at 201-646-2700. Duty Line has a list of all personnel including an on-call AP.

Burlington
AP Lisa Commentucci
609-265-3147
Det Ashlee Lucariello
609-265-5648

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:
Call Central Communications Operator P-5 at 609-265-7105 and ask the operator to contact the Duty Detective

Camden
AP Nevan Soumilas
856-225-8427
Det Alex Burckhardt 
856-225-5048

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:
Call Det. Chambers cell 609-743-0654. If he cannot be reached, call Central Communications at 856-783-1333 and ask for Det. Chambers.

Cape May
Ashlee Marriner
Lt
W: 609-465-1135
C: 609-780-7908
Jennifer Hance
AP
W: 609-465-1135
Danielle Mitchell
Detective
W: 609-465-1135
C: (609) 675-3200

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:
Call Cape May County Emergency Management at 609-465-3011 and ask for the on-call County Detective, and call Det Holt’s cell 609-780-7856

Cumberland
Det Frank Sabella
856-453-0486 x13624
AP Elizabeth Vogelsong
856-453-0486 x11103

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:
Call County Communications at 856-455-6886 and ask for the on-call SVU detective, and call AP Vogelsong’s cell 856-628-2699

Essex
AP Jenna Gouck
AP Amani Abdellah
Det Casey McCabe
973-753-1130
Det Nicholas Casale
Supv AP Kathleen Boswick 

 

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:
Call Sheriff’s Department at 973-621-4111 and ask to speak to the on-call SVU/SARA detective

Gloucester

Sgt Stacie Lick
W: 856-384-5608
C: 856-498-4650
slick@co.gloucester.nj.us

AP Elizabeth Tornese
W: 856-384-5525
etornese@co.gloucester.nj.us

Det Colleen McCausland
W: 856-384-5603
C: 609-868-8928
cmccausland@co.gloucester.nj.us

 

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:
Call Det Lick’s cell 856-498-4650

Hudson

Jane Weiner
AP
201-795-6400 x6570
jweiner@hcpo.org

Lt Vincent Bonaccolta
201-795-6400 x6718
Vbonaccolta@hcpo.org
C: 201-988-3304

 

 

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:
Call 911

Hunterdon

Det Jessica Neiber
Main: (908) 788-1129
Direct: (908) 284-6181
jneiber@co.hunterdon.nj.us
Fax: 908-284-6186

AP Kelly Daniels
Office: (908) 788-1291
kdaniels@co.hunterdon.nj.us
Fax: (908) 788-1460

 

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:
Call Communications at 908-788-1202

Mercer

Det Alicia Bergondo
abergondo@mercercounty.org

Sgt Natischa Clark
609-989-6931
609-610-6034
nclark@mercercounty.org

AP Heather Hadley
609-989-6350
hhadley@mercercounty.org

 

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:
Call First Assistant Janetta Marbrey’s cell at 609-610-6025

Middlesex

Sgt Andreea Zebibo
Andreea.zebib@co.middlesex.nj.us

Sgt Felix De La Cruz
Felix.delacruz@co.middlesex.nj.us

Lt Todd Gerba
todd.gerba@co.middlesex.nj.us

 

 

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:
Call Sheriff’s Communication at (732) 745-3271, which will then notify supervisor or Liaisons

Monmouth
AP Nicole Wallace 
732-431-7160 x7297
Det Joshua Rios
732-431-7160 x6069

 

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:
Call radio room at 732-577-8700 and specify that the radio room should contact Liaisons: Det Rios or AP Wallace.

Morris

Laura Magnone
Assistant Prosecutor
LMagnone@co.morris.nj.us
W: (973) 285-6206
C: (973) 392-5162

Marshall Wang Sergeant
Detective/Supervisor
MWang@co.morris.nj.us
W: (973) 285-6312
C: (973) 390-2231

Carolina Moreno Detective/Supervisor
W: 973-285-6151
C: 973-390-0762
cmoreno@co.morris.nj.us

 

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:
Call Communications Center at 973-285-2900 and ask them to call Liaisons

Ocean

Det Melissa Matthews
732-929-2027 x2209
FAX: 732-288-7279
C: 732-814-5309
mmatthews@co.ocean.nj.us

Ashley Tito
732-929-2027  x4302
Atito@co.ocean.nj.us

 

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:
Call County Office at 732-929-2027, which will go directly to the Sheriff’s Department after hours. Sheriff will call Liaisons (Det Matthews’ cell 732-278-9359)

Passaic

Det Maria Ingraffia
W: 973-837-7676
862-881-6881
mingraffia@passaiccountynj.org

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Gina Pfund
W: 973-837-7697
C: 862-200-6147
gpfund@passaiccountynj.org

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:

Call the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch and request HT liaison 973-225-3167

Salem

AP Michael Forte
856-339 8633
Michael.Forte@salemcountynj.gov

Sgt Staci Legatie
609-839-7613

Staci.Legatie@salemcountynj.gov

 

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:

At all times, call Police Dispatch at 609-868-8164 and tell them to contact Liaisons

Somerset

P Merrill Mezzacappa
908-575-3323
Mezzacap@co.somerset.nj.us

Det Kathryn Kutepow
908-541-5686
kutepow@co.somerset.nj.us

Sgt Meredith McKay
908-575-3372
mckay@co.somerset.nj.us

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:

Call County Communications at 908-526-2500, press #2, and indicate call is for Sex Crimes

Sussex

Blaire Wanamaker
DET
bwanamaker@scpo.sussex.nj.us
973-383-1570
F: 973-383-4929

Anne Psaroudis
DET
apsaroudis@scpo.sussex.nj.us
W: 973-383-1570
C 201-787-6123

Seana K. Pappas
AP
973-383-1570
spappas@scpo.sussex.nj.us

 

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:

At all times, call Sussex County Sheriff’s Department Communication Center at 973-579-0888, which will notify Duty Detective, who will notify Liaisons

Union

AP Michael Sheets
908-558-2054
msheets@ucnj.org

Sgt Brian O’Malley
908-965-3881
bomalley@ucnj.org

 

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:

Call Union County Police Department at 908-654-9800, who will contact on call SVU personnel to make contact Liaisons.

Warren

AP Kelly Shelton
908-475-6346
kshelton@co.warren.nj.us

Det John Marino
W: 908-475-6634
C: 908-343-7051
jmarino@co.warren.nj.us

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:

Call Warren County Communications Center Number at 908-835-2000, which will contact the on-call detective, who will make the appropriate contacts

 

Help and Resources

Awareness & Education
NJ Human Trafficking Task Force Brochure(8.5″x11″): English I Español

Human Trafficking Red Flags & Fact Sheets(8.5″x11″):

Human Trafficking Posters (11″x17″):
Available in English and Spanish

 

Human Trafficking Training Videos

Law Enforcement & Prosecutor Resources
Reporting Forms
Arrest Report: 
Significant Events Report:
How to Identify Victims

Investigate tips. Victims you identify and assist may help in the prosecution and conviction of their traffickers.
The questions below may help you identify a human trafficking victim:
    • What type of work do you do?
    • Are you being paid?
    • Can you leave your job if you want to?
    • Can you come and go as you please?
    • Have you or your family been threatened?
    • What are your working and living conditions like?
    • Where do you sleep and eat?
    • Do you have to ask permission to eat/sleep/go to the bathroom?
    • Are there locks on the doors/windows so you cannot get out?
    • Do you have possession of your identifying documents? If not, who does?
If you are not in a position to question a potential victim of human trafficking, look for the following clues:
    • Evidence of being controlled
    • Evidence of inability to move or leave job
    • Bruises or other signs of physical abuse
    • Fear or depression
    • Not speaking on own behalf or non-English speaking dominated by English speaking individual(s).
    • No passport or other forms of identification or documentation
Prevention, Protection & Treatment – The Law

Human Trafficking Terminology and Statutes

A B C D E F G H  I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Coercion

Threats or perceived threats of serious harm to or physical constraints against any person; a scheme intended to cause a person to believe that failure to perform will result in serious harm to or physical restraint against any person.

Continued Presence
Allows victims who lack legal status and are assisting law enforcement as potential witnesses to remain in the country for the course of criminal investigation. Through continued presence, victims can receive temporary immigration relief.

Debt Bondage
Status or condition of a debtor arising from a pledge by the debtor of his or her personal services or of those of a person under his or her control as a security for debt, if the value of those services as reasonably assessed is not applied toward the liquidation of the debt or the length and nature of those services are not respectively limited and defined.
EAD/Work Authorization
Trafficking victims whom have continued presence are eligible to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that proves that the victim is legally employable in the United States. One type of temporary relieve a victim can receive offer issued continued presence.
Federal Law Enforcement Authorization (LEA)
Refers to any federal law enforcement agency that has the responsibility and authority for the detection, investigation, or prosecution of severe forms of trafficking in persons. Qualified LEAs include, but are not limited to, the offices of the Department of Justice, United States Attorney, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE), United States Marshal Service, and the Diplomatic Security Service of the Department of State. Certification of a person as a “trafficking victim” by a LEA is required by the TVPA before a trafficking victim can apply for the T Visa.
Human Smuggling
Helping someone to illegally cross country borders, often without identification or papers, for financial or material benefit. Smuggling ends with the arrival of the migrants at their destination, whereas trafficking involves the ongoing exploitation of the victims in some manner to generate illicit profits for the traffickers.

Human Trafficking
The use of force, fraud or coercion to bring a person into conditions of extreme exploitation. Trafficking can occur within a country or across international borders and does not have to involve movement. It is a form of modern-day slavery. The definition of human trafficking that the TVPA provides refers to severe forms of trafficking.

Involuntary Servitude
Forcing a person to work through threats, harm, physical abuse, restraint or legal retaliation.
Pass-Through
states must give a % of the grant they receive to local governments, combination of local units, or other specified groups or organizations
Prior Approval
written approval by the authorized official as consent prior to a budgetary or programmatic change in the award
Program Requirements
obligations of the grantee to participate in the grant program
Project Income
all income, including interest earned on subgrant funds or as a result of programs supported by grant funds; must be reported and be used to support further project activities (if allowed under Program Guidelines)
Resolution
required of all local units of government to apply for grant funds and/or incorporate those funds in the local budget
Peonage
Holding someone against his or her will to pay off a debt.
T-Visa
Temporary Visa for which certified trafficking victims can apply. T-Visa holders can apply for permanent residency offer 3 years.

Trafficking Victims Protection Act 2000 (TVPA)
Federal U.S. legislation passed in 2000 that emphasizes the prevention of trafficking, protection of victims and the prosecution of traffickers.

Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act 2003 (7VPRA)
Among the major provisions of the 7VPRA, it eliminates the requirement that a victim of trafficking between the ages of 15 and 18 must cooperate with the investigation and prosecution of his or her trafficker in order to be eligible for a T-visa; and it allows for siblings of trafficked persons to apply for a T-visa.

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