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Downey Statement on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

In recognition of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day today, Assemblywoman Joann Downey released the following statement:

"Many of us cannot imagine what life is like for the millions of men, women and children around the world who are victims of human trafficking," said Downey (D-Monmouth), chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee. "Forced labor, domestic servitude, sex trafficking and illegal exploitation are equivalent to modern slavery. Even worse, many victims are afraid to come forward out of fear of their traffickers or law enforcement, or face a language barrier."

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Houghtaling & Downey on Additional Education Funding for NJ Preschools

In response to Governor Phil Murphy's announcement of a second round of Preschool Education Expansion Aid (PEEA) funding for 33 school districts in New Jersey to enhance and expand preschool education programs, Assembly members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey released the following statement:

"The importance of high quality preschool education cannot be understated," said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). "Research shows students who attend preschool build the skills they need to help them succeed academically and socially in elementary school and beyond. By investing in our young children's learning, we can help set them on a path to reach their fullest potential."

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Downey Statement on Threat to NJ SNAP Food Assistance Program During Partial Government Shutdown

As the partial federal government shutdown enters its third week, Assemblywoman Joann Downey is urging Congress to end the stalemate and reopen the government as to not further interrupt critical services like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides food stamps to over 700,000 New Jersey residents:


"Far too many New Jerseyans worry about how they'll put food on the table each week. Hundreds of thousands of these families find relief from SNAP, which helps them buy the groceries they need to stay healthy," said Downey (D-Monmouth), who chairs the Assembly Human Services Committee. "But if the shutdown continues, this program will run out of funding from the federal Department of Agriculture as soon as March, leaving many without the crucial assistance they need to feed themselves and their children."

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