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NYATN Joined 163 Organizations in Opposing HR4970 (Rep. Adams, R-FL).

NYATN joined 163 other immigration, faith, labor, civil rights, human rights, and community organizations advocating on behalf of immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking in opposing H.R. 4970, Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012 (VAWA) (Rep. Adams, R-FL).  H.R. 4970 eliminates protections for crime victims offered by the U visa; H.R. 4970 denies battered immigrants the protections of “self-petitioning;” and H.R. 4970 requires DHS officials to conduct expensive and time-consuming, wasteful reviews of the victims’ cases that are not required in other areas of law motivated by unsubstantiated claims of fraud and abuse.  Read more….

Save the Date! NYATN Networking Breakfast on May 15, 2012

Updated:

NYATN will host a Networking Breakfast at 10 am on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at the Urban Justice Center.  This is an opportunity for anti-trafficking advocates to meet and discuss prevailing issues impacting victims and survivors of human trafficking.  Please RSVP by Friday, May 10, 2012.

AALDEF’s Ivy Suriyopas, NYATN member and Freedom Network Policy Co-Chair, will speak at the Combating Labor Trafficking Conference on May Day

*Update: NYATN and ISOA live-tweeted the event!  See the great turnout!  The Huffington Post‘s David Isenberg wrote about the conference in “A Morally Reprehensible Problem.”  He quoted the ISOA conference guide: “The problem is morally reprehensible but of such enormous complexity it cannot be solved by a single sector and must be addressed by stakeholders working in partnership from all sides — private, governmental, nongovernmental and humanitarians sectors; clients and employers [sic]”  View or download the conference presentations.

NYATN member Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Ivy Suriyopas will speak at the Combating Labor Trafficking Conference in Washington, DC on May Day.  As the Freedom Network Policy Co-Chair, she will address the effectiveness of current laws in combating labor trafficking.

A Forum on “Dynamics of Human Trafficking in New York City”

In recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the New York Asian Women’s Center and John Jay College of Criminal Justice will host a forum on “Dynamics of Human Trafficking in New York City” on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6 pm.  Speakers include NYATN member Ivy Suriyopas, staff attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Deanna Croce, Training and Outreach Manager in the Anti-Trafficking Program at Safe Horizon.  RSVP at johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/gradorientation/event.aspx.

NYATN celebrates 10 years of providing direct services to almost 1,000 survivors of human trafficking

NYATN is celebrating 10 years of providing direct services to almost 1,000 survivors of human trafficking.  We are the first in New York to promote the rights of survivors of human trafficking.  We bring together the voices of those with first-hand experience of the injustices of human trafficking, who work consistently to meet the needs of trafficked persons, and who advocate for a more rights-based and responsive policy towards trafficked persons.  Read more highlights about NYATN’s work over the past decade.  Please join us in honoring our anniversary at our Networking Breakfast in May.

NYATN will speak at New York Law School on “Modern-Day Slavery… The Legal and Social Issues”

NYATN Steering Committee Member Ivy Suriyopas, staff attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, will speak at New York Law School on “Modern-Day Slavery… The Legal and Social Issues” on April 18, 2012.

Freedom Network Conference 2012 in New York

Freedom Network (USA) hosted its annual conference in New York on March 21 and 22, 2012.  The theme was “Beyond Rhetoric: Human Trafficking Work in the Field.”  Click here for more information about previous conferences.

Sienna Baskin, Lynly Egyes, John Temple, and Monica Ryan

Sienna Baskin, of NYATN member organization Sex Workers Project, hosted a panel on innovative approaches to investigating and prosecuting human trafficking at the Freedom Network Conference. Panelists included Lynly Egyes, staff attorney at the Sex Workers Project, John Temple, Assistant District Attorney in the Sex Crimes Unit at the New York County DA’s Office, and Monica Ryan, Trial Attorney for the Department of Justice.

Stephanie Richard, Ivy Suriyopas, David Abramowitz, and Daniel Werner (not pictured, Melissa Broudo)

Ivy Suriyopas, of NYATN member organization Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, co-facilitated a panel on “Cutting-Edge Anti-Trafficking Legislation: The Changes and Their Impact” with Coalition Against Slavery and Trafficking’s (CAST) Stephanie Richard at the Freedom Network Conference.  Panelists included David Abramowitz, Vice President, Policy and Government Relations at Humanity United, Daniel Werner, Deputy Legal Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Melissa Sontag Broudo (not pictured), Staff Attorney at the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center.

New York will host the annual Freedom Network Conference during Women’s History Month

The Freedom Network will hold its annual Freedom Network Conference on March 21-22, 2012 at the City Bar Justice Center.  This year’s theme is “Beyond Rhetoric: Human Trafficking – Work from the Field.”  Click register.

City Bar Justice Center’s Suzanne Tomatore Discusses Servile Marriages and Laws Against Human Trafficking

Lawyers.com features a piece entitled, “Woman Enslaved Through Arranged Marriage,” which quotes NYATN Steering Committee Member Suzanne Tomatore.

The blog states in part: “’I think it’s great progress for prosecutors to look expansively at the human trafficking law and use the law to the extent fully envisioned by the law makers,’ says Suzanne Tomatore, an attorney who is director of the Immigrant Women & Children Project at the City Bar Justice Center.”  Read more….

NYATN Honors International Human Trafficking Day with a Panel Discussion – “Emerging Issues with Trafficked Youth”

Emerging Issues with Trafficked Youth

Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 6:00-8:00pm

Suzanne Tomatore, Christa Stewart, Laura Matthews-Jolly, Jayne Bigelsen, and Martina Vandenberg

Suzanne Tomatore, Christa Stewart, Laura Matthews-Jolly, Jayne Bigelsen, and Martina Vandenberg

Featured speakers include:
Jayne Bigelsen
Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives at Covenant House International
Suzanne Tomatore
Director of the Immigrant Women & Children Project at the City Bar Justice Center
Martina Vandenberg
Partner at Jenner & Block LLP
Discussion moderated by:
Laura Matthews-Jolly
Equal Justice Works Fellow, Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig

This discussion is free; however, space is limited.
Please RSVP to lmatthews-jolly@nycbar.org by January 6, 2012 with your name and organization.

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