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!
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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and organization.
Update: 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 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….
In light of the recent influx of unaccompanied children arriving at our southern border, the City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women and Children Project will host a panel discussion on the intersections of unaccompanied youth and human trafficking. While some have looked to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act as a source of the recent surge in the migration of children, others counter that the law is in place to enhance their protection. The panelists will discuss their work with unaccompanied youth and victims of human trafficking, best practices for screening, and recent developments. NYATN steering member Suzanne Tomatore will moderate. Read more….
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Please sign in to register at www.nycbar.org
NYATN steering member Suzanne Tomatore is quoted in City Limits’ “Labor Trafficking Persists Amid Outrage Over Sex Trade.” Tomatore says, in part: “[Human trafficking survivors] have a sense that a crime was committed against them and that they’ve been deceived, manipulated and abused. They come to us for other reasons such as domestic violence or they’re trying to get help with immigration status. In talking to them, we identify initial trafficking to the United States. Sometimes our claimants have been in the United States for many years and were trafficked later.” A report from Tomatore’s agency, the City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women and Children Project, shows: “Out of the 150 human trafficking cases, 54.6 percent involved labor trafficking and 45.3 percent involved sex trafficking. Domestic work was the most frequently reported form of labor trafficking, representing nearly 80 percent of the cases.” Read more….