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NYATN Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Decision to Suspend Secure Communities

June 20, 2011-New York State, especially New York City, is a destination for trafficked persons from all over the world who are forced into various labor sectors, such as restaurant, domestic, or commercial sex work.  To address this important concern, New York State enacted the New York State Anti-Trafficking Law of 2007 (NYATL).  While the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPRA) (first passed in 2000 and later re-authorized) was very substantial, improvements still needed to be made on the state level to more effectively carry out the mission.  The NYATL was enacted to further those ends.  The dual intent behind both the federal and state laws is to serve a humanitarian need and to safeguard the public. Secure Communities contradicts the intent of these laws and further pushes trafficking victims underground. We applaud the recent effort of Governor Cuomo to suspend Secure Communities in New York State. For our fact-sheet, click here.


Human Trafficking CLE includes NYATN Steering Committee Member Suzanne Tomatore as Speaker

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
MetLife Building
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.

Speakers:

Anne Milgram, Former Attorney General of New Jersey and currently with the NYU School of Law Center on the Administration of Criminal Law

Dorchen LeidholdtSanctuary for Families

Suzanne TomatoreNew York City Bar Association’s City Bar Justice Center

Bill Silverman, Litigation Shareholder and Head of Pro Bono at Greenberg Traurig’s New York Office

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