Families for Freedom had their 5th annual fundraiser on December 2, 2011, at Judson Memorial Church. The New York Anti-Trafficking Network was one of the groups that were honored as part of the New York State Working Group Against Deportation. We provided the working group with a trafficking fact sheet and helped with the letter to Governor Cuomo on Secure Communities. The certificate honors “New York Anti-Trafficking Network for their commitment to immigrant rights and for their support in the fight to keep our families together.” We are grateful to be part of such a great coalition!
Established in 1892, the ULC provides states with nonpartisan draft legislation designed to provide clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law. The open drafting process draws on the expertise of commissioners appointed by the states, and it also utilizes input from legal experts, advisers and observers representing the views of other legal organizations and interested groups.
For more information please click here: http://www2.nycbar.org/citybarjusticecenter/blog/2011/12/15/model-anti-trafficking-legislation/
Updated: See video of Florrie Burke’s testimony, starting at 9:20.
Florrie Burke testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on December 14, 2011. Her written testimony: HHS and the Catholic Church: Examining the Politicization of Grants.
Update: In a related matter, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania indicted three people, Nura Ziadeh, Rashid Ziadeh and Mannatullah Ziadeh, alleging that they recruited foreign nationals to serve as domestic workers and harboring them for commercial gain.
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is representing the mother, “S.S.” (as she is referred to in the indictment, U.S. v. Mervat Tolan and Nabil Talaat), as she cooperates with federal authorities as a witness in the criminal proceedings. Click here for the complete press release.
Upcoming Webinar Training: Identification and Intake Best Practices and Recommendations Regarding Youth and Trafficking
How We Identify and Document Youth at Risk of Trafficking
What are the recommended best practices for identifying formerly, currently, or potentially trafficked youth at intake? Recent studies have found that survivors under the age of 18, male survivors, transgender survivors and labor trafficking survivors are underserved in NYC. This Webinar will provide easily-asked-questions that programs can begin using immediately as well as long-term considerations for changing intake forms to better inquire into trafficking and preventing re-victimization. This Webinar will address the challenges to serving trafficked youth, available resources and ways to support survivors and promote self-sufficiency.
Suzanne Tomatore, Director of Immigrant Women and Children Project – City Bar Justice Center;
Laura Matthews-Jolly, Staff Attorney/Equal Justice Works Fellow at Immigrant Women and Children’s Project – City Bar Justice Center
Facilitated by James Bolas, Director of Education, Empire State Coalition of Youth and Family Services
TRAINING DATE and TIME
Thursday, December 15th: 1pm – 3pm
For more information or to register, contact Mhirsch@empirestatecoalition.org
NYATN signed onto a letter to Representatives Elton Gallegly (R-CA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) to express our deep concerns about the effect that Secure Communities (S-Comm) will have on immigrant survivors of human trafficking and other forms of violence. It states, in part: “New York State, especially New York City, is a destination for trafficked persons…. A trafficking survivor is more often than not arrested while a trafficker remains at large signaling the continued shortcomings of local law enforcement in meaningfully promoting efforts to identify and protect them. These arrests often trigger the mandatory detention of the trafficking survivor who then faces the uphill battle like other victims of violence in securing adequate legal representation and navigating through a deportation system that offers few options and remains fraught with due process violations.” See the complete letter.
Sex work does NOT EQUAL Trafficking: The conflation of these issues perpetuates policies and practices that do not reflect the needs of those engaged in sex work: the willing, those doing it out of economic necessity, or those trafficked.
“It forbade the nongovernmental member organizations of the Freedom Network USA and other groups from using funds to refer survivors for contraceptives or abortion services, and the federal government allowed this denial of services to continue for years. This meant that we could not help the many survivors who pleaded with us to help them get contraceptive aid. “
Sex Workers Project Co-Director Sienna Baskin addresses the attacks on Village Voice Media’s Backpage in Michelle Chen’s piece, “Making Sex Workers Visible in the Village Voice Media Ad Controversy.” An excerpt from this In These Times article:
SWP argues “Sex work is real work, which means sex workers have the basic labor rights we all expect, including a work environment free of violence and exploitation. Targeting companies that work with people in commercial sex will only lead to more shrouded interactions. This marginalization and isolation increases violence, HIV/STI transmission and stigmatization, hinders access to basic services, and promotes a loss of autonomy over the conditions in which people engage in the industry. There is so much we can do to prevent trafficking and support people who do want to move out of the sex industry, and these tactics only pull valuable resources from those strategies.”
Crystal DeBoise presents “Human Trafficking and Sex Work: Identification and Special Considerations”
NYATN Steering Committee member Crystal DeBoise of the Urban Justice Center presented to social workers of Beth Israel Hospital on November 11, 2011. The presentation, titled “Human Trafficking and Sex Work: Identification and Special Considerations” was aimed to increase identification of trafficking survivors and sex workers in need of services throughout all hospital departments where social workers are located, including emergency room, substance abuse, rape crisis, and domestic violence services. Hospital social workers engaged in discussion on identifying red flags of human trafficking and making successful, limited contact interventions. The presentation also introduced best practices for working effectively and sensitively with sex workers who are victims of crime and/or who have special needs.
Crystal DeBoise is currently the Co-Director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center. Crystal previously founded one of the first human trafficking services programs at the New York Association for New Americans. She’s a licensed social worker who has been working with survivors of gender-based violence since 1998.