UN Session on the Commission on the Status of Women: Current Challenges in Combating Human Trafficking

NYATN will present parallel event, “Current Challenges in Combating Human Trafficking 20 Years After the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action,” at the United Nations 59th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women.

Twenty years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action,
human trafficking continues to be pervasive around the world. Women and girls, in particular, are vulnerable to human trafficking in a variety of sectors, and they experience coercion, abuse, and a climate of fear in their work. This panel will feature discussion by anti-trafficking experts as they examine the challenges in implementation of human rights-based, long-term actions by governments, NGOs, and other stakeholders. Particular attention will be paid to current anti-trafficking strategies in the U.S., including around prostitution and commercial sex, from
a human rights perspective.


  • MARY CAPARAS, New York Asian Women’s Center
  • KATE MOGULESCU, Legal Aid Society
  • SUZANNE SELTZER, The Seltzer Firm
  • IVY SURIYOPAS, Asian American Legal Defense and Education

March 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, 8th Fl., Boss Room
Space is limited.  Please RSVP to register.

Cosponsors with NYATN include: Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, City Bar Justice Center, Legal Aid Society, New York Asian Women’s Center, The Seltzer Firm, and Sex Workers Project at Urban Justice Center

Previous CSW Parallel Events include:

NYATN to Speak at Seton Hall Legislative Journal Symposium

The Seton Hall Legislative Journal (Vol. 39) invites you to attend its annual Symposium, which will reflect on the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment and whether or not U.S. legislation is living up to the amendment with respect to modern-day forms of slavery.

Distinguished panelists will explore the root causes of human trafficking and its impact on different groups, as well as analyze and assess legislative responses to trafficking in its various forms. The event will culminate with a keynote dinner at the Newark Club.

Confirmed speakers include:

Wanda Akin and Raymond Brown
Founders, International Justice Project

Shana Chen
Assistant United States Attorney, District of New Jersey

Sophia Lane
New Jersey Statewide Coordinator, Polaris Project

Beth Lyon
Director, Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic, Villanova Univ. School of Law

Sarah Plastino
Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs, Kids In Need of Defense

Kelly Sandler
Assistant Prosecutor, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office

Ivy Suriyopas
Director, Anti-Trafficking Initiative, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Thursday, February 26, 2015
2:30 – 8 p.m. | Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. and event begins at 3 p.m.
4 NY & NJ CLE Credits


2:30 to 3:00 pm – Registration

3:00 to 4:30 pm – Panel 1: The Faces of Human Trafficking

4:30 to 4:45 pm – Break

4:45 to 6:00 pm – Panel 2: The Efficacy of Legislative Responses to Human Trafficking

6:00 to 8:00 pm – Dinner & Keynote – The Newark Club


Tickets: $50 per person (Refund Policy)
Complimentary to Seton Hall Law Students and Seton Hall Law faculty. Register here.


5th Annual NYATN Commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

The New York Anti-Trafficking Network has written in commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month for the fifth consecutive year.

Previous NYATN contributions include the following:

Five Things You Can Do to Fight Human Trafficking

NYATN is proud to share this infographic on “5 Things You Can Do to Fight Human Trafficking,” which is a companion piece to “Five Things You Can Do to Fight Trafficking and Modern Slavery.”  Plan your donations to organizations that provide direct legal and social services for trafficking survivors or investigate supply chains of the products you buy.  Learn more!

5 Things You Can Do to Fight Human Trafficking

The Annual Freedom Network Conference Returns to the East Coast in April 2015

The Freedom Network (USA), which has several of the same members as NYATN, will host its 13th Annual Conference in the Washington, DC metropolitan area on April 21-22, 2015.  The Freedom Network, a national alliance of experienced advocates working with survivors of all forms of human trafficking to ensure that trafficked persons have access to justice, safety, and opportunity, held its 2012 conference in New York.  Early bird registration ends in this month, National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.  Register here.

Freedom Network Conference

“Project Free: Unpacking the Layers of Human Trafficking,” NYAWC’s Annual Anti-Human Trafficking Community Conference

New York Asian Women’s Center will hold its annual Anti-Human Trafficking Community Conference entitled, “Project Free: Unpacking the Layers of Human Trafficking,” on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 12 to 4 pm at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church (FAPC) at 7 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019.   The following topics will be discussed: root causes, prevention (including preventing recidivism), support and action.  Registration is required, as seating is limited.

Susan Bissell- Chief of Child Protection, Programme Division. UNICEF
Shandra Woworuntu- Survivor, Activist, and Motivational Speaker
Ninotchka Rosca- Writer, Activist, Community Organizer, Feminist
Larry Lee- Executive Director, NYAWC

Suzanne Seltzer and Juhu Thukral’s “Human Rights and the Fight Against Human Trafficking”

In honor of Human Rights Day on December 10, NYATN steering members Suzanne Seltzer and Juhu Thukral have written, “Human Rights and the Fight Against Human Trafficking,” for The Huffington Post.  They write, in part, “Unfortunately, a well-meaning but misguided trend in anti-trafficking efforts hasn’t proven to help, but it has the potential to backfire and harm countless victims, survivors, and bystanders: Using sex offender registries as an anti-trafficking tool. Sex offender registries have their place in law enforcement, but human rights advocates and policymakers have been warning that over-use has been dangerous, both because they rarely protect potential victims, and they overload law enforcement agencies.”  Read more….


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