Human Trafficking Unit

Human Trafficking Unit

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

Human Trafficking Unit

The Unit’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.


Program Contacts
Kathleen Friess
Program Coordinator

Division of Criminal Justice

(Trainings, Outreach, etc.)

Theresa L. Hilton, AAG
Deputy Director
Office of the Attorney General – Division of Criminal Justice


NJ Human Trafficking Hotline – Tips/Leads

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).

Please use the HOTLINE NUMBER for any and all matters meant for law enforcement.



If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, please call: Call 911 for emergencies
For victim assistance call: Covenant House 862-240-2453

Remember: Victims may be leaving everything they know and own, including family members and support systems, and many will need assistance meeting their basic needs; everything from food, clothing, shelter and medical care.

New Jersey Human Trafficking Liaisons

Should you need more information on human trafficking in your area, need a speaker for a community event, or are interested in learning more about Human Trafficking, you can contact your local Prosecutor’s Office Human Trafficking Liaison listed below. If you or someone you know is in danger of human trafficking, please call 911 or the New Jersey State Human Trafficking Hotline at 855-END-NJ-HT (855-363-6548). If you are a survivor of Human trafficking in need of services, please call the National Hotline at Call 1-888-373-7888 ( TTY: 711) or *Text 233733


Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer, Chief
(609) 909-7893

Det. Ryan Ripley
Work Cell-609-377-1073

Emergency outside of business hours: Call Atlantic County Sheriff’s Communications Center at (609) 909-7200 who will contact the liaisons.


Assistant Prosecutor Kathryn Cobb, Chief Special Investigations Squad

Assistant Prosecutor Mark Chiavola

Sgt. Michael Falotico

Det. Edward Kazmirczak

Det. Walter Kumka

All of the above may be reached by email at
Emergency outside of business hours: Call the Bergen County Public Safety Operations Center (PSOC) at (210) 785-8500.


Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Remy
(609) 265-5343

Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Price
(609) 265-5641

Det. Samantha Gericke
(609) 265-5790

Emergency outside of business hours: Call Central Communications Operator P-5 at (609) 265-7105 and ask the operator to contact the Duty Detective.


Assistant Prosecutor Nevan Soumilas, Section Chief
(856) 225-8427

Det. Megan Hill
(856) 225-8495

Det. Jenna Gamble
(856) 580-5782

Juvenile Human Trafficking:
Det. Felicia Tilton
(856) 225-8432

Emergency outside of business hours: Call Central Communications at (856) 783-1333 and ask for on-call Major Crimes Detective or SVU Detective depending on whether the victims are adults or juveniles.


Assistant Prosecutor Bryna Batten
Office: (609) 465-1135 x3428

DSG. Danielle Mitchell
Office: (609) 465-1135 x3306
Cell: (609) 675-3200

Emergency outside of business hours: After hours contact Office of Emergency Management at (609) 600-5055 and ask to speak to the on call detective.


Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth Vogelsong-Parvin
(856) 453-0486 x11103

Det. Frank Sabella
(856) 453-0486 x13624

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


Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen Boswick

Assistant Prosecutor Nicole Buermann
(973) 753-1163

Deputy Chief Nichele Patrick
(973) 753-1117

Captain Michael Recktenwald
(973) 753-1130

Detective Malik Rivers
(973) 753-1154

Detective Jazmin Felder
(973) 753-1158

Emergency outside of business hours: Call Sheriff’s Department at (973) 621-4111 and ask to speak to the on-call SVU AP.


Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth Tornese
(856) 384-5525

Lt. Stacie Lick
Office: (856) 384-5608
Cell: (856) 498-4650

Emergency outside of business hours: Call Lt. Lick’s cell at (856) 498-4650.


Assistant Prosecutor Jane Weiner
(201) 795-6400 x6570

Lt. Vincent Bonaccolta
(201)795-6400 x6718
(201) 988-3304

Emergency outside of business hours: Call 911.


Assistant Prosecutor Jessica Cardone
Office: (908) 788-1129

Det. Vanessa Jimenez
Fax: (908) 788-1460

Emergency outside of business hours: Call Communications at (908) 788-1202


Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Heather Hadley
(609) 989-6350

Det. Megan Flanagan
(609) 462-1114

Det. Alicia Bergondo
(609) 989-6351


Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Carver
(732) 745-3300

Lt. Karleen Duca
Desk: (732) 745-4255
Cell: (908) 239-6934

Sgt. Joseph Chesseri
Desk: (732) 745-4221
Cell: (732) 789-5060

Special Victims Unit
(732) 745-3600

After business hours, calls will be forwarded to the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department. Please ask to speak with the on-call Special Victims Unit Detective.


Assistant Prosecutor Stephanie Dugan

Det. Dawn Correia

Det. Joseph Pahopin

Emergency outside of business hours: Call Radio Room at (732) 577-8700 and ask the Radio Room to contact liaisons Det. Rios or AP Wallace.


Assistant Prosecutor Laura Magnone
Office: (973) 285-6206
Cell: (973) 392-5162

Sgt. Anne-Marie Truppo
Office: (973) 285-6291
Cell: (973) 418-0109

Det./Supv. Craig May

Emergency outside of business hours: Call Communications Center at (973) 285-2900 and ask for the liaisons to be contacted.


Assistant Prosecutor Ashley Angelo
(732) 929-2027 x4302

Assistant Prosecutor Julie Peterson
(732) 929-2027 x3267

Det. Alex Bromley
(732) 929-2027 x3271

Det. Janine Kaiser
(732) 929-2027 x5821

Emergency outside of business hours: Call County Office at (732) 929-2027 which connects to the Sheriff’s Department. Ask for the liaisons to be contacted.


Senior Assistant Prosecutor Anneris Hernandez

Det. 1st Grade Kibret Boreland
Office: (973) 837-7670
Cell: (862) 373-5608

Det. Maria Ingraffia
Office: (973) 837-7676
Cell: (862) 881-6881

Emergency outside of business hours: Call the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at (973) 225-3167 and request a liaison be contacted.


Assistant Prosecutor Michael Forte
(856) 339-8633

Lt. Amy Hill
(609) 868-3311

Lt. Staci Legatie
(609) 839-7613

Sgt. Jessie Venello
(609) 839-3061

Emergency outside of business hours: At all times, call Police Dispatch at (609) 868-8164 and tell them to contact the liaisons.


First Assistant Prosecutor Annemarie L. Mueller
(908) 575-3306

Assistant Prosecutor Nicole McGrath
(908) 575-3351

Assistant Prosecutor Kim Savino-French
(908) 575-3322

Sgt. Jeanne Trillhaase
(908) 575-3354

Det. Carolina Moreno
(908) 575-5082

Emergency outside of business hours: Call County Communications at (908) 526-2500, press #2, and indicate call is for Sex Crimes


Assistant Prosecutor Laura Nazzaro

Det. Anne Beverly
Office: (973) 383-1570
Cell: (201) 787-6123

Det. Megan Moschberger
Office: (973) 383-1570
Fax: (973) 383-4929

Emergency outside of business hours: At all times, call Sussex County Sheriff’s Department Communication Center at (973) 579-0888, who will notify Duty Detective who will contact the liaisons.


Assistant Prosecutor Michael Sheets
(908) 558-2054

Sgt. Keyla Live
(908) 965-3882

Lt. Janet Lopez

Emergency outside of business hours: Call Union County Police Department at (908) 654-9800 who will contact SVU personnel to contact liaisons.


Assistant Prosecutor Gloria M. Rispoli
Desk: (908) 475-6048
Cell: (908) 319-1045
Main Line: (908) 475-6275

DSG. John Marino
Desk: (908) 475-6043
Main Line: (908) 475-6275

Det. Heidi Buss
Desk: (908) 475-6047
Main Line: (908) 475-6275

Emergency outside of business hours: Call Warren County Communications Center at (908) 835-2000, which will contact the on-call detective who will make the appropriate contacts.


Deputy Attorney General Lisa Rastelli
Office: (856) 414-8580

Det. Garrett Brown
Cell: (609) 273-8631


Det. I Mark Wettengel


For the counties of Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and the southern half of Ocean County the liaisons are:

Supervising Special Agent Danica Dudas
(520) 591-8932

For the counties of Gloucester, Salem and Camden please contact:

Special Agent Meagan Romanoski
Cell: (215) 756-7201

Intelligence Analyst Jeff Anderson
(609) 634-1417

For the northern half of Ocean county and all remaining counties in the state please contact:

Special Agent Brian Salamone
(201) 407-4781

Special Agent Shannon Treney
(973) 289-1132



Supervising Special Agent Craig T. Vanderhoff

Supervising Special Agent John J. Fitch

Assistant Special Agent in Charge Brett Dreyer

Deputy Special Agent in Charge Michael McCarthy

NJ Commission on Human Trafficking

New Jersey has a robust and comprehensive anti-trafficking strategy involving many sectors—including, social service providers, law enforcement, and government at all levels.  The New Jersey Commission on Human Trafficking is part of that strategy. 

The New Jersey Commission on Human Trafficking was created by the Legislature in 2013, as part of its passage of the Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection, and Treatment Act (P.L. 2013, c.51; see N.J.S.A.52:17B–237). The Commission is composed of fifteen members from the fields of law enforcement, victim assistance services, health care and child advocacy, as well as members of the general public who have experience in, or who have a specialized knowledge of, human trafficking. As required by the enabling legislation, one Commissioner is a survivor of human trafficking. The Commissioners were nominated either by the Governor, or by the Governor upon the recommendation of leading members of the Legislature.


The Commission is charged with the duties of: 

  1. Evaluating existing laws relating to human trafficking and making recommendations;
  2. Evaluating the enforcement of existing laws relating to human trafficking and making recommendations;
  3. Reviewing the cost, availability and organization of victim assistance services for victims of human trafficking and making recommendations;
  4. Promoting a coordinated response by public and private resources to assist victims of human trafficking;
  5. Developing mechanisms to promote public awareness of human trafficking;
  6. Reporting annually to the Governor and to the Legislature regarding the Commission’s activities, findings and recommendations.

Meetings are currently held monthly and are open to the public.  Please see dates and information on how to attend below.

Notice of Public Meeting

Pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et. seq., please take notice that a Teams meeting of the New Jersey Commission on Human Trafficking will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 commencing at 1:00 p.m. at the following Teams location:

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BUSINESS OWNERS – Download and Print Awareness Sign in Compliance with P.L. 2013, c.51 (C.52:17B-237)  |  Español

Pursuant to section 1 of P.L. 2013, c.51 (C.52:17B-237), the following establishments to the extent practicable shall display the public awareness sign described in subsection a. in a place that is clearly conspicuous and visible to employees and the public:

(1)   Strip clubs or sexually oriented businesses as defined in subsection a. of section 2 of P.L.1995, c.167 (2C:33-12.2), including, but not limited to, within every dressing room and within every restroom and restroom stall;
(2)   Places of business of employers of massage or bodywork therapists, which employers are subject to registration, and which therapists are subject to licensure, pursuant to P.L.1999, c.19 (C.45:11-53 et seq.) and section 13 of P.L.2007, c.337 (C.45:11-68 et al.), including, but not limited to, within every dressing room and within every restroom and restroom stall;(3) Bars;
(4) Airports;
(5) Passenger rail or light rail stations;
(6) Bus stations;
(7) Welcome Centers;
(8) Truck stops;
(9) Weigh Stations;
(10) Emergency rooms within general acute care hospitals;
(11) Urgent care centers;
(12) Farm labor contractors and day haulers;
(13) Privately operated job recruitment centers;
(14) Service areas and safety rest areas located along interstate highways in New Jersey;
(15) All forms of public transportation, including every railroad passenger car; and
(16) Hotels, motels, bed and breakfast establishments, campsites, and similar places of public accommodation.

c. Owners and operators of private and public school buses are encouraged to display the public awareness sign described in subsection a. in a place that is clearly conspicuous and visible to students.
d. The public awareness sign to be posted pursuant to subsection b. shall be no smaller than eight and one-half inches by eleven inches in size, printed in 16-point font, in English and Spanish.
e. A business or establishment that fails to comply with the requirements of this section shall be liable for a civil penalty of $300 for a first offense and $1000 for each subsequent offense.

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

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.
Continued Presence Toolkit

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.
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)
required of all local units of government to apply for grant funds and/or incorporate those funds in the local budget
Holding someone against his or her will to pay off a debt.
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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