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UJC’s Sex Workers Project Releases New Report on Human Trafficking Pipeline from Mexico to New York City

Today, NYATN member Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center announces its release of its new report “The Road North: The Role of Gender, Poverty and Violence in Trafficking from Mexico to the U.S.”  The report “identifies root causes of this trafficking pipeline, alongside first-­‐hand accounts.”  It makes specific policy recommendations for both the Mexican and U.S. governments and makes recommendations for non-governmental organizations with an eye towards trafficking prevention.  Click here for more information.  Also available in Spanish.

NYATN Member and Sex Workers Project Attorney Lynly Egyes in the News

NYATN member Lynly Egyes, attorney at the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, is quoted in the Times Ledger‘s piece, “Panel Hears LGBT Options.” The article states in part: “Depending on their circumstances, LGBT immigrants can also apply for visas if they are victims of a crime, trafficked or have been abused by a parent and cannot return to their home country, Egyes said.”  Read more here.

NYATN Member Ivy Suriyopas will speak at Rutgers Law School Symposium on “Global Is Local: Human Trafficking in Our Own Backyard”

The Human Trafficking Prevention and Prosecution Project presents the symposium Global Is Local: Human Trafficking in Our Own Backyard. Panel topics include Sex Trafficking, Compulsory Labor, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Featured speakers include Wendi Adelson, Center for the Advancement of Human Rights at Florida State University and author of This Is Our Story. The Human Trafficking Project is a joint venture of Rutgers School of Law–Newark and Seton Hall Law School, with the generous support of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. The symposium will be on Friday, September 28, 8:30 am – 4:30 pmFull program and registration details.
Update: See some of the news coverage here and here.

Melissa Ditmore and NYATN Steering Member Juhu Thukral Write “Accountability and the Use of Raids to Fight Trafficking” for Anti-Trafficking Review

The premiere issue of Anti-Trafficking Review features an article written by Melissa Ditmore and NYATN steering member Juhu Thukral entitled, “Accountability and the Use of Raids to Fight Trafficking.”  The Anti-Trafficking Review promotes a human rights-based approach to human trafficking. It explores trafficking in its broader context including gender analyses and intersections with labour and migrant rights.  This issue “explores how the ‘accountability vacuum’ affects the ability of migrants to realise their rights and entitlements; what this means for rights-based approaches to human trafficking; and the role that anti-trafficking organisations could play in promoting greater accountability.”  Read more….

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.

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