Updated: Photos of our successful event: Sienna Baskin, Trafficker Place of Origin, Experiences of Poverty, and Oscar Montiel Torres & Research in Mexico! More photos, courtesy of Yangbo Du: Policy Recommendations for Mexico, Policy Recommendations for the United States, Recommendations for NGOs, Trauma after Trafficking, Escape from Trafficking, Personal Connection, Experiences of Poverty, Main Findings, and Survivor Place of Origin.
NYATN presents “The Road North,” recent research on trafficking from Mexico to New York City.
For generations, women have been trafficked from the Tlaxcala region in Mexico to New York City. The Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center will share their new report on this phenomenon, and researchers from Mexico will discuss new research and ideas for prevention.
- Avaloy Lanning, Director of Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program
- Sienna Baskin, Co-Director of Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center
- Oscar Montiel Torres, Observatorio Contra La Trata De Personas Con Fines De Exploitacion Sexual, Mexico
This event takes place on February 28 at 10 am. Breakfast will be served! Please RSVP.
In light of the Secret Service Scandal, NYATN Member Sienna Baskin Stresses the Plight of Sex Workers
NYATN Member Sex Workers Project Co-Director Sienna Baskin stresses the plight of sex workers in light of the prostitution scandal that has rocked the Secret Service on ABC News. In support of New York’s A1008/S323, which would prohibit police and prosecutors from citing possession of condoms as evidence of prostitution, she states, “We’ve found in New York that when sex workers are criminalized, they are afraid to go to police when they are victims of crime, including theft, rape and human trafficking.” Show your support for A1008/S323. Read more….
The San Francisco Chronicle covered NYATN member Sex Workers Project’s advocacy efforts in support of a bill that would ban law enforcement from using condoms as a reason to arrest sex workers in Albany, NY yesterday. An excerpt from the article:
“‘We have heard from clients so often that they’re afraid to carry condoms because of police harassment that we know it’s having a public health impact,’ Sienna Baskin, co-director of the Sex Workers Project, said in a telephone interview yesterday. ‘This would be New York taking a leadership role and addressing an issue other states haven’t yet addressed.’”
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.
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, 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.
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.
City Bar Justice Center’s Suzanne Tomatore Discusses Servile Marriages and Laws Against Human Trafficking
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….
In 2010, New York became the first state in the nation to allow victims of sex trafficking to clear their records of prior prostitution-related crimes. This program will help you to identify whether your client may have been trafficked and will serve as an introduction to the process of filing a motion to vacate a prior prostitution-related conviction.
Thursday, March 29th, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the NYC Bar Association. Space is limited. To RSVP, email Julia Busetti at email@example.com.
The City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women and Children (IWC) Project has produced an Economic Empowerment Resource Guide, a resource for immigrant victims of violent crimes and low-income New York City residents in general.
“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.”