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….
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….
NYATN member Ivy Suriyopas, attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, will present at a free CLE on “Remedies for Victims of Human Trafficking” for the Practising Law Institute on July 9, 2013 at 1 pm.
Topics to be addressed include:
- Screening and Identification of Human Trafficking Victims
- Forms of Immigration Relief Available for Human Trafficking Survivors
- Additional Remedies Available Under the TVPRA of 2013
Mark you calendar and don’t miss this important Free Briefing.
NYATN‘s Avaloy Lanning, senior director of Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program, and Ivy Suriyopas, director of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Anti-Trafficking Initiative, were in The U.S. News and World Report‘s “Modern Slavery Emerging from the Shadows,” by Kira Zalan. It addresses how enforcement of immigration laws could be making human trafficking tougher to detect.
Says Lanning: “The trafficker uses [work-related visas] against [workers], [saying], if you run then you’re going to be illegal, then immigration is going to pick you up, arrest you and deport you.”
Says Suriyopas: “”Immigrant victims are not going to come forward if they fear that the NYPD or the LAPD are not going to come help them but might label them a criminal first and ask questions later.”
NYATN contributed to The Opportunity Agenda’s new report on “Immigration and Gender: An Analysis of Public Opinion and Media Coverage”
NYATN contributed to The Opportunity Agenda’s new report on “Immigration and Gender: An Analysis of Public Opinion and Media Coverage” and will present this research and recommendations in a webinar/telebriefing on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Speakers include NYATN member Sienna Baskin, co-director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center.
- The full report: “Immigration and Gender: An Analysis of Public Opinion and Media Coverage“
- Download the Executive Summary.
- The Opportunity Agenda’s press release
- For more information
“Trafficked Women’s Second Chance,” By Hugh Ryan, The Daily Beast, 10.14.11
“’There was no way to go back and erase a criminal conviction in New York,’ says Sienna Baskin, co-director of the organization that helped Maria, the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center. SWP is a legal advocacy organization that helps sex workers of all kinds, from trafficked individuals to those who freely engage in commercial sex. In 2007, SWP helped create the New York Anti-Trafficking law, which made human trafficking a statewide offense.”
Immigration Law and Human Trafficking
Tuesday, October 11
Human trafficking isn’t the same as illegal smuggling. This event was hosted by the NYU Law School’s Anti-Trafficking Advocacy Coalition. Along with the fundamental differences between these two crimes, experts in immigration will explained how traffickers get around the laws we have, and what we can do about it. Speakers included: Lori Cohen, senior staff attorney at Sanctuary for Families; Ivy Suriyopas, staff attorney at Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Suzanne Seltzer, partner at Klasko, Rulon, Stack & Seltzer; Sienna Baskin, co-director of Sex Workers Project at Urban Justice Center.
A Call to Action: The Crisis of Human Trafficking
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Please arrive by 12:15 pm to be seated for lunch before the presentation begins
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
200 Park Avenue, 15th Floor
New York City
This CLE program is in conjunction with the launch of a new initiative to provide free legal services to victims of human trafficking. The speakers will present a compelling overview of the issue, including a discussion of pro bono opportunities.
Anne Milgram, Former Attorney General of New Jersey and currently with the NYU School of Law Center on the Administration of Criminal Law
Dorchen Leidholdt, Sanctuary for Families
Suzanne Tomatore, New York City Bar Association’s City Bar Justice Center
The New York Anti-Trafficking Network (NYATN), the City Bar Justice Center, and AILA sponsored a CLE, Immigration Relief for Crime Victims: The T and U Visas, on U & T visas on October 18, 2010 at the New York City Bar Association.
- Shonnie Ball, Safe Horizon Anti-Trafficking Program
- Sienna Baskin, Sex Workers Project, Urban Justice Center
- Suzanne Seltzer, Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer LLP
- Hannah Shapiro, Domestic Violence Immigration Project, Legal Aid Society
- Ivy Suriyopas, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
- Suzanne Tomatore, Immigrant Women & Children Project, City Bar Justice Center
Materials for the CLE were as follows: