Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking

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

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.

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

Human Trafficking Task Force

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.


Program Contacts
Annmarie Taggart
Deputy Attorney General
Chair – NJ Human Trafficking Task Force
Division of Criminal Justice
Kathy Friess
Program Coordinator
Division of Criminal Justice
Lisa Rastelli
Deputy Attorney General Chair – NJ HT Liaisons
Division of Criminal Justice

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

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

Cape May


Danielle Buckley
C: 609-579-8004

William Adamson
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

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. Jason Trignano
201-226-5616 (office)
551-223-9256  (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.

AP Lisa Commentucci
Det Ashlee Lucariello

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

AP Nevan Soumilas
Det Alex Burckhardt 

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
W: 609-465-1135
C: 609-780-7908
Jennifer Hance
W: 609-465-1135
Danielle Mitchell
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

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

AP Jenna Gouck
AP Amani Abdellah
Det Casey McCabe
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


Sgt Stacie Lick
W: 856-384-5608
C: 856-498-4650

AP Elizabeth Tornese
W: 856-384-5525

Det Colleen McCausland
W: 856-384-5603
C: 609-868-8928



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


Jane Weiner
201-795-6400 x6570

Lt Vincent Bonaccolta
201-795-6400 x6718
C: 201-988-3304




Emergency Outside of Business Hours:
Call 911


Det Jessica Neiber
Main: (908) 788-1129
Direct: (908) 284-6181
Fax: 908-284-6186

AP Kelly Daniels
Office: (908) 788-1291
Fax: (908) 788-1460


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


Det Alicia Bergondo

Sgt Natischa Clark

AP Heather Hadley


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


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

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.


Laura Magnone
Assistant Prosecutor
W: (973) 285-6206
C: (973) 392-5162

Marshall Wang Sergeant
W: (973) 285-6312
C: (973) 390-2231

Carolina Moreno Detective/Supervisor
W: 973-285-6151
C: 973-390-0762


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


Det Melissa Matthews
732-929-2027 x2209
FAX: 732-288-7279
C: 732-814-5309

Ashley Tito
732-929-2027  x4302


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)


Det Maria Ingraffia
W: 973-837-7676

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Gina Pfund
W: 973-837-7697
C: 862-200-6147

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:

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


AP Michael Forte
856-339 8633

Sgt Staci Legatie


Emergency Outside of Business Hours:

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


P Merrill Mezzacappa

Det Kathryn Kutepow

Sgt Meredith McKay

Emergency Outside of Business Hours:

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


Blaire Wanamaker
F: 973-383-4929

Anne Psaroudis
W: 973-383-1570
C 201-787-6123

Seana K. Pappas


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


AP Michael Sheets

Sgt Brian O’Malley


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.


AP Kelly Shelton

Det John Marino
W: 908-475-6634
C: 908-343-7051

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


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
April 21, 2021 12:30 p.m.

2021 Meeting Minutes


2020 Meeting Minutes


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.

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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