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 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…..

Crystal DeBoise’s “Human Trafficking and Sex Work: Foundational Social Work Principles”

NYATN member Crystal DeBoise, co-director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, wrote an article on Human Trafficking and Sex Work: Foundational Social Work Principles for Meredians: feminism, race, transnationalism.  Ms. DeBoise’s writes in part: “We have also found that [foundational social-work] values are often not applied to those who have been involved in sex work and human trafficking, most likely because of the emotionally triggering subject matter and the ubiquitous stigma of being involved in the sex industry. However, using the foundational principles of modern social work is required if our work with survivors of human trafficking and sex workers is to be effective and empowering.”  Read more….

Successful Workers’ Rights Dialogue and Discussion

Denise Brennan's Life Interrupted Workers' Rights Dialogue with Florrie Burke, Crystal DeBoise, and Leah Obias

Denise Brennan’s Life Interrupted Workers’ Rights Dialogue with Florrie Burke, Crystal DeBoise, and Leah Obias

Congratulations on the successful Workers’ Rights Dialogue and Discussion of Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States at Bluestockings Book Store last week.  Florrie Burke, Chair Emeritus of the Freedom Network (USA) facilitated the discussion with Damayan Migrant Workers Association’s Leah Obias, NYATN steering member and Sex Workers Project Co-Director Crystal DeBoise, and author Denise Brennan.  Royalties from Life Interrupted will be donated to a fund for trafficking survivors through the Freedom Network (USA).

Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio: Modern-Day Slavery? Sex, Trafficking and Immigration

NYATN steering member Juhu Thukral was on a segment on Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio on February 9th, “Modern-Day Slavery? Sex, Trafficking and Immigration.”  Undocumented immigrants are highly vulnerable to becoming trafficked due to a lack of legal status and protections, limited language skills and employment options and poverty. As a result, they often become dependent on traffickers for employment or support while living in a foreign country.  Listen here….

Clearing the Slate: Seeking Effective Remedies for Criminalized Trafficking Victims

Update: This event will be livestreamed.

NYATN member Sienna Baskin will be speaking on a panel, “Clearing the Slate: Seeking Effective Remedies for Criminalized Trafficking Victims,” at CUNY Law School on February 27

Women trafficked into the sex industry are particularly vulnerable to abuse and face the added threat of criminal prosecution for acts they were forced to commit. Resulting criminal convictions can continue to haunt trafficking survivors, preventing them from rebuilding their lives. A novel New York law passed in 2010 helps remedy this harm by allowing survivors to vacate these convictions.

CUNY Law School’s new report Clearing the Slate: Seeking Effective Remedies for Criminalized Trafficking Victims, from the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, looks at the problem of criminalization of trafficking victims and New York’s experience with the vacatur law in order to identify best practices for New York and other states.

This event will examine the factors that lead to criminalization of trafficking victims, identify the successes and challenges of implementing the law, and discuss other reforms to help trafficking survivors.

New York State Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, sponsor of the vacatur law, will give introductory remarks.

Panelists:

  • The Honorable Toko Serita (’89), presiding judge, Queens County Human Trafficking Intervention Court
  • Sienna Baskin (’07), co-director of the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center
  • Kate Mogulescu, supervising attorney at the Trafficking Victims Advocacy Project at the Legal Aid Society
  • John Temple, attorney-in-charge at the Human Trafficking Program at the New York County District Attorney’s Office

Register for the event.  Read more….

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