JCAST Chicago in the News

JCAST in Local News

Our thanks to our partner the North Shore Illinois Chapter of the Links, Inc for their help securing these opportunities.

Our partner, Brenda Myers Powell and the Dreamcatcher Foundation were interviewed by Karen Jordan from ABC Chicago News. JCAST was grateful to provide statistics and background for this story. Watch it here and share it widely!

JCAST Chicago joined Fox 32 Journalist Anita Padilla for a Facebook Live discussion that started with author Pamela Samuels Young. Watch it here and share it on Facebook!


JCAST Chicago publishes an online electronic newsletter full of upcoming events, news, information, and resources.

Upcoming Events

JCAST Chicago is excited for our fall 2019 events. We hope you will join us!

September 20, 2019– DePaul College of Law, Chicago

The Jewish Community Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago is partnering with DePaul University, College of Law’s Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center, and attorney Helen Tarokic of Helen Tarokic Law PLLC of Wilmington, NC to offer this unique program. We are excited to welcome speakers from Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, Department of Labor, Lifespan, and Catholic Multicultural Center (Madison, WI). Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the connection between domestic violence, human trafficking, and immigration. CLE’s will be provided (pending approval). Early bird pricing through August 31st; register here!

November 8, 2019 – Lake County Symposium on Violence, Trinity College, Deerfield. Join JCAST Chicago and other partners of a Safer Lake County for this symposium. There are tracks for social workers, legal professionals, and clergy. Learn more and register!

November 10, 2019 – (10-11:30AM) Sex Trafficking introduction and awareness Event- Etz Chaim, Lombard

November 24, 2019 – (10-11:30AM) Parenting replication program-session 1, Etz Chaim, Lombard

December 8, 2019 – Hadassah Chanukah party, Buffalo Grove

December 15, 2019 – (9:45 -11:15AM) Parenting replication program-session 2, Etz Chaim, Lombard

Past Events

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Friday, 5/10/19       6:30-8:30PM     Beyond R. Kelly: Surviving the Predators in our Community, Interfaith, inter community dialogue in partnership with Dreamcatcher Foundation, a survivor led service organization, and Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) to dialogue about what makes our society susceptible to individuals like R. Kelly and Harvey Weinstein. Location: Trinity Church, 400 W. 95th St., Chicago

Saturday, 5/4/19   10AM -12PM    JCAST is partnering with Links, a national African American women’s service organization, to plan an author event with Pamela Samuels Young. Ms. Young was a corporate lawyer before becoming a full-time author. One of her suspense book’s plot is on sex trafficking. We are thrilled to elevate our work to an expanded audience with this partnership. Location: Evanston High School

Monday, 4/15/19 11:30-1PM The Jewish Community Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago is excited to reach out to members of the Highland Park Rotary. The conversation will start at 11:30 AM with a delicious buffet lunch and will include a presentation by JCAST volunteer leaders and staff with plenty of time for questions before it ends at 1:00 PM. Given Rotary’s strong dedication to “service above self” and humanitarian efforts locally and across the globe as well as past partnerships with other local organizations creating social change and combating gender based violence, JCAST knows this conversation will educate and engage.  JCAST invites you to join us. For more information, contact Gayle. See you there! Location: Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Avenue West

Saturday, 4/4/19 10AM Join JCAST, The Links, Incorporated, NCJW and others for an amazing community-wide forum in Evanston featuring attorney, author and anti-trafficking advocate Pamela Samuels Young. For fifteen years, Pamela served as Managing Counsel for Toyota in Southern California, specializing in labor and employment law. While still practicing law, Pamela began moonlighting as a mystery writer because of her desire to see women and people of color depicted in the legal thrillers she read.
Her thriller Anybody’s Daughter (2013), a gripping tale of a teen unwittingly drawn into the world of child sex trafficking via a Facebook scam, won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction and was a Top Ten pick by In the Margins, the best books for at-risk teens. A frequent speaker on the topics of self-empowerment, sex trafficking and online safety, fiction writing, and pursuing your passion. Location: Evanston

Wednesday, 2/27/19 6PM – 8:30PM JCAST Staff and Attorney, Gayle Nelson is on the panel for the upcoming: February 27th Program: “Combating Human Trafficking: Using Tech to End Modern Day Slavery”This free innovative program is being done in collaboration with the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women, PyLadies Chicago, and UN Women Chicago and will take place on 2/27 from 6pm-8:30pm in Microsoft’s Office (Aon Center). The panel discussion is on legal and technical strategies employed against human trafficking with the goal of bringing together technologists, researchers, and legal experts to brainstorm what we can do to stop modern day slavery. Light appetizers will be provided. For more information and to register email Katie at   klisslegal@gmail.com Location: Microsoft, 200 East Randolph Street Suite 200, Chicago

Thursday, 2/14/19 7:30PM Join us an NCJW’s Evening Salon in February featuring an informative discussion about sex trafficking with JCAST Steering Committee Co-Chair Donna Fishman. The Salon is a monthly, evening discussion group meeting in the northern suburbs. Every month a new topic is chosen, and source materials links are then emailed to everyone to read or watch. To learn more or reserve your spot email: salon@ncjwcns.org. Location: North Suburban location given with RSVP