NYATN member City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women & Children Project (IWC) released a special report, “Spotlight on 150 Human Trafficking Cases.” This report reflects over a decade of direct representation of low-income immigrant survivors of human trafficking in the New York City metropolitan area and informs the Justice Center’s advocacy and policy recommendations. The report states, in part, “Of the 150 human trafficking cases, 54.6% involved labor trafficking and 45.3% involved sex trafficking. Domestic work was by far the most frequently reported form of labor trafficking, representing nearly 80% of the labor trafficking cases.” Read more….
NYATN members Crystal DeBoise, Co-Director of the Sex Workers Project, and Song Kim, Kirkland & Ellis Fellow of AALDEF‘s Anti-Trafficking Initiative, will be speaking at the “Hidden in Plain Sight: Sex Trafficking in NYC” Campus-Community Conference at SUNY Downstate School of Public Health on Saturday, December 7. Learn how to recognize the signs of human trafficking and engage in discussions on prevention and mitigation.
On November 7th, NYATN hosted a convening on trafficking, focused on human rights approaches, long-term prevention, and common sense solutions in anti-trafficking campaigns. The group included leaders, advocates, academics, and journalists in the anti-trafficking, anti-domestic violence, civil liberties, workers’ rights, sex workers’ rights, women’s rights, and human rights fields. The group developed new ideas on solutions and narratives to apply in anti-trafficking work.
On October 29 at 6:30, NYATN member Ivy Suriyopas will speak on SABANY’s event, Human Trafficking Panel: Spotlight on Forced Labor. Panelists will discuss domestic labor trafficking from the perspectives of corporations, lawyers, and communities. RSVP here.
NYATN member Avaloy Lanning was quoted in The American Prospect‘s “The Hidden Indentured Class.” The article states, in part: “[T]he disproportionate focus on sex trafficking detracts resources from labor-trafficking victims—and takes a direct emotional toll, as well. ‘If you have someone who is being trafficked, and they hear or see a story about human trafficking and all that story talks about is sex,’ says Avaloy Lanning, anti-trafficking program director at the New York-based nonprofit Safe Horizon.” The piece goes on to state: “Avaloy Lanning of Safe Horizon says that’s the common denominator for all trafficking victims, whether they were doing sex work or housekeeping: being wholly controlled by another person is the most difficult part.” Read more….
NYATN is Co-sponsoring a Panel on “New Trends in Human Trafficking: Legislative, Victim Advocacy and Prosecutorial Updates”
On October 30th, the City Bar Justice Center will host a panel, “New Trends in Human Trafficking: Legislative, Victim Advocacy and Prosecutorial Updates,” from 6 to 8 pm.
Featured speakers include:
Sienna Baskin, Co-Director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center
Laura Matthews-Jolly, Staff Attorney at Immigrant Women & Children Project at the City Bar Justice Center
Kate Mogulescu, Supervising Attorney of Trafficking Victims Advocacy Project at the Legal Aid Society
John Temple, Attorney-in-Charge of Human Trafficking Program at the Manhattan DA’s Office
Moderated by Suzanne Tomatore, Director of the Immigrant Women & Children Project at the City Bar Justice Center
Space is limited. Kindly RSVP by October 25, 2013 with your name and your organization to email@example.com. For more details….
NYATN member Ivy Suriyopas, attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, wrote, “Immigration proposals fail to protect all workers,” for The Hill. She wrote in part: “Immigrants’ rights are workers’ rights. The lack of basic employment rights will continue to leave migrants vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, and trafficking by companies that value the bottom line over the dignity of their workers.” Read more….