N.J. to honor Assemblywoman from Englewood for her work advocating children’s rights

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, D-Englewood, will be one of 25 people honored by the state Friday for her work advocating for children’s rights.

Huttle will receive an award from the New Jersey Child Assault Prevention Project, a program of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, at a luncheon in Princeton for her “pioneering” legislation on human trafficking and bullying prevention, according to the agency.

Huttle co-sponsored a 2011 anti-bullying law that advocates called the toughest of its kind in the nation, requiring public schools to implement anti-bullying programs and policies and report incidents of bullying to the state. She was also the lead sponsor of a 2013 human trafficking bill that gave greater rights to victims and increased fines and penalties for activities associated with the practice.

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