Business and Professional Women of New Jersey (BPWNJ) will hold its Fall Meeting on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Monmouth University's Magill Commons, in the Club Dining Room. Monmouth University is located in West Long Branch, NJ. Networking and breakfast begins at 8:00 AM and is followed by a business meeting and program beginning at 9:00AM and ending at 12:00PM. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Advanced reservations and payment are required.
BPWNJ State President Cyndy Friedland (of Manahawkin) noted that one of the areas that the BPWNJ is focusing on this year is human trafficking. Friedland stated, “The Super Bowl is coming to the Meadowlands next February. Our members are focused on learning more about this crime and want to work to deter the influx of trafficked persons leading up to, during and after the 2014 Super Bowl. At our fall meeting our members will learn more about this subject and what individuals can do to help.”
According to the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking, human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery. The coalition further notes that it is a rapidly growing criminal industry second only to drug dealing and equal in scope to arms dealing. Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, and/or coercion for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor. New Jersey is a prime location for human trafficking because it is a major national and international transportation and shipping corridor. Trafficked persons in the United States can be men or women, children, foreign nationals or US citizens. Some are well-educated, while others have no formal education. Trafficking is a crime that cuts across race, nationality, gender, age, and socio-economic background. More than 50% of victims are estimated to be under the age of 18.
Chartered in 1919, BPWNJ is a statewide organization presiding over multi-regional local organizations. The ultimate goal for BPWNJ is equality for all women in areas of pay, opportunity, growth, health and well-being. The mission of the organization is to provide a supportive environment for women working towards personal and professional fulfillment, by advocating women's economic, educational and health issue. The vision is to be the leading advocate for New Jersey women. Membership is open to all individuals who support the vision and mission of BPWNJ.
BPWNJ also offers networking opportunities at the state and local levels. Local organizations are available in East Bergen, Lincroft, Middlebrook and New Brunswick, Southern Ocean County, Suburban Essex, Summit and Tri Town (which covers Belleville, Bloomfield and Nutley).
Each year the BPWNJ Foundation awards Career Development Scholarships to women continuing their education or to purchase a piece of equipment for a small business. Applications will be available for downloading in February 2014 and the awards will be presented in May. Visit www.businessandprofessionalwomennj.org to learn more about the organization, its scholarship program and to join.
To attend the October 26, 2013 Fall Breakfast Meeting mail a check for $25.00 made out to BPWNJ and sent it to: BPWNJ Treasurer, 267 Serpent Lane, Manahawkin, NJ 08050. Reservations must be made in advance and are required. For questions contact Penny at 609-978-8638.