“Project Free: Unpacking the Layers of Human Trafficking,” NYAWC’s Annual Anti-Human Trafficking Community Conference

New York Asian Women’s Center will hold its annual Anti-Human Trafficking Community Conference entitled, “Project Free: Unpacking the Layers of Human Trafficking,” on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 12 to 4 pm at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church (FAPC) at 7 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019.   The following topics will be discussed: root causes, prevention (including preventing recidivism), support and action.  Registration is required, as seating is limited.

Susan Bissell- Chief of Child Protection, Programme Division. UNICEF
Shandra Woworuntu- Survivor, Activist, and Motivational Speaker
Ninotchka Rosca- Writer, Activist, Community Organizer, Feminist
Larry Lee- Executive Director, NYAWC

Suzanne Seltzer and Juhu Thukral’s “Human Rights and the Fight Against Human Trafficking”

In honor of Human Rights Day on December 10, NYATN steering members Suzanne Seltzer and Juhu Thukral have written, “Human Rights and the Fight Against Human Trafficking,” for The Huffington Post.  They write, in part, “Unfortunately, a well-meaning but misguided trend in anti-trafficking efforts hasn’t proven to help, but it has the potential to backfire and harm countless victims, survivors, and bystanders: Using sex offender registries as an anti-trafficking tool. Sex offender registries have their place in law enforcement, but human rights advocates and policymakers have been warning that over-use has been dangerous, both because they rarely protect potential victims, and they overload law enforcement agencies.”  Read more….

Panel on “Children Migrating Alone and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act”

Update: Register for this event!  See “Children Should Not Have to Choose between Being Trafficked or Extreme Violence” or “The Freedom Network’s Response to the Current Influx of Unaccompanied Children to the U.S.-Mexico Border

NYATN, Committee on Immigration & Nationality Law, Council on Children, and the City Bar Justice Center are co-sponsoring “Children Migrating Alone and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act,” a panel on Wednesday, October 29 at 6 pm.  This will be a panel discussion on the intersections of unaccompanied youth and human trafficking.  Space is limited, so kindly RSVP by October 24, 2014 to lberger@nycbar.org with your name and organization.

Report: Understanding the Organization, Operation, and Victimization Process of Labor Trafficking in the United States

A new report by the Urban Institute, “Understanding the Organization, Operation, and Victimization Process of Labor Trafficking in the United States,”  was just released and is only the third government-funded study on the issue of human trafficking into labor.  “This study chronicles the experiences of labor trafficking victims from the point of recruitment for work, their forced labor victimization, their attempts to escape and get help, and their efforts to seek justice through civil or criminal cases. The report finds that legal loopholes and lax enforcement enable labor traffickers to commit crimes against workers in major US industries: agriculture, domestic work, hotels, restaurants, and construction.”  Articles have shared highlights of the report, such as, “How the Crime of Labor Trafficking Helps Cities Run” and “Slave Labor in America Today,”  Read more….

New York Law School’s Innovations in the Fight Against Human Trafficking: Advocates’ Perspectives and Proposals Symposium

Update: Videos of each of the panels are available here!

NYATN members Ivy O. Suriyopas, Juhu Thukral, and Florrie Burke will speak at New York Law School’s Innovations in the Fight Against Human Trafficking: Advocates’ Perspectives and Proposals symposium on Friday, October 10, 2014.  This event “will address human trafficking in its broadest meaning, as a form of exploitation growing from economic inequalities and both domestic and global migration to seek better work and a better life which has special risks for women and children.”  Mark your calendars and register today!

Sex Work Initiative this Fall 2014 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

NYATN steering members Sienna Baskin and Kate Mogulescu will be speaking this fall at various events this fall, including a panel on “System Responses to the Sex Work Industry” on October 22, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  This initiative approaches sex work and the sex industry broadly, including unconventional perspectives, and sparks conversations about the wide range of social, cultural, and economic issues that shape sex workers’ lived experiences.  Read more….

NYATN steering member Ivy Suriyopas to speak on panels for Asian American conferences

NYATN steering member Ivy O. Suriyopas will speak on a panel, “The Civil Rights Movement: APAs Moving Forward,” for the Asian American Bar Association of New York’s 5th Annual Fall Conference on Saturday, September 20, 2014.  Among other things, using labor trafficking as a lens, the panel will end with a discussion of the connections between the contemporary issues of civil, social, and economic rights and the traditional Civil Rights movement.  CLE credits are available.  Read more….

Suriyopas will also speak on a panel, “The Changing Face of Human Trafficking,” for the 2014 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Convention on November 7, 2014 in Arizona.  Register here….


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