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….

Panel: “Children Migrating Alone & The Trafficking Victims Protection Act”

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

6-9 pm

Please sign in to register at www.nycbar.org

NYATN’s Suzanne Tomatore quoted in “Labor Trafficking Persists Amid Outrage Over Sex Trade”

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….

NYATN Members Participate in Freedom Network (USA)’s Inaugural Member Report

NYATN members participated in the Freedom Network (USA)’s inaugural Member Report.  NYATN members include the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women and Children Project, Florrie Burke, Safe Horizon, and Urban Justice Center’s Sex Workers Project.  Among the primary findings is that of the more than 2000 trafficking survivors served, 73 percent were trafficked for labor throughout the United States.  Read more….

Report Release – #OurFairCity: A Comprehensive Blueprint for Gender & Sexual Justice in New York City

The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School announced the release of its report, Our Fair City: A Comprehensive Blueprint for Gender & Sexual Justice in New York City, which includes contributions from NYATN.  Among the report’s recommendations are

  • Prohibit NYPD Practice of Using Condoms as Evidence for Prostitution-Related Offenses,
  • End Collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Deportation and Detention, and
  • Facilitate Access to Services for Trafficking Survivors.

Please use @NYATN and #OurFairCity to post or tweet about this report.  Read more….

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

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!

World Cup, Forced Labor and Trafficking: Learn More and Make a Difference

NYATN steering member Juhu Thukral’s Huffington Post piece, World Cup, Forced Labor and Trafficking: Learn More and Make a Difference, addresses “ways to improve human rights for all workers as we take in the thrill and excitement of events like the World Cup and Olympics.”  Read more…..

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