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….
NY Anti-Trafficking Network has written in commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month for the fourth consecutive year.
- More Penalties for Prostitution Won’t Help Victims of Human Trafficking – By Ivy O. Suriyopas
- Five Things You Can Do to Fight Trafficking and Modern Slavery – By Juhu Thukral
Previous Race-Talk contributions include:
The New York Times published NYATN member Sex Workers Project’s Letter to the Editor in response to the article, “With Special Courts, State Aims to Steer Women Away From Sex Trade.” Robin Richardson writes in part: “Not all those arrested for prostitution are victims of human trafficking. Individuals brought into these courts who do sex work by choice or because of difficult life circumstances, and people falsely profiled as sex workers because of their race, gender identity or arrest history, also deserve help and a zealous defense.” Read more….
The Village Voice quoted NYATN’s memorandum on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act (WEA) bill in its piece, “New Yorkers Still Want the Women’s Equality Act. But Will It Hurt Sex Workers?” The piece posed the following questions:
“But now there’s a new concern from sex workers and their advocates: in trying to prevent human trafficking, would the WEA really just hurt prostitutes? And is the anti-trafficking provision why Assembly Republicans are suddenly so enthusiastic about the bill?”
NYATN steering member Juhu Thukral’s RH Reality Check piece, “Steps Forward – and Setbacks – for Sex Workers’ Rights,” examines New York Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act bill and the Supreme Court ruling on the anti-prostitution pledge that applied to global funding to combat HIV and AIDS. She writes, in part: “As long as we do not examine our sexual attitudes and the policies that stem from a misunderstanding of our rights around sexual behavior and how to protect them, policymakers will continue to confuse sex work with trafficking and implement harmful policies on HIV without consequence for themselves.” Read more….
NYATN member Sienna Baskin, co-director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, responds in the U.S. News & World Report‘s piece, “Some Child Sex Trafficking Victims ‘Rescued’ by Recent FBI Sting Could End Up in Jail,” about Operation Cross Country, in which 105 young people in the sex trade were identified after a multi-city law enforcement action. She says: “It seems like they’re treating the arrest of minors as an acceptable collateral consequence of this operation. But arrest is a very traumatic experience that can lead to abuses for both adults and minors.” Read more….
NYATN member Sienna Baskin is quoted in Pix 11’s story, “19 Arrested in Prostitution Sweep of Brooklyn Massage Parlors.” In the article, Baskin says:
“Sienna Baskin, Co-Director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, said Thursday, ‘Arresting sex workers does nothing to increase their opportunities and safety. The city should focus on outreach and services to sex workers, instead of arresting them.'” Read more….