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4th Annual NYATN Commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

3rd Annual NYATN/Race-Talk Commemoration of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

*Update: Race-Talk has unfortunately closed its doors.  See below for alternative links.

Race-Talk honors National Human Trafficking Awareness Day with a series of blog contributions from members of the New York Anti-Trafficking Network and others guest-edited by Juhu Thukral for the third consecutive year.

Previous Race-Talk blog contributions include:

NYATN Member Asks: “Are New Policies Really About Human Trafficking?”

NYATN Steering Member Suzanne Seltzer’s piece, “Are New Policies Really About Human Trafficking?” in honor of Human Rights Day on Race-Talk, examines misguided policies such as California’s Proposition 35 which purport to be anti-trafficking legislation but actually may be harmful to many of those who are are trafficked.  Read more here.

NYATN Case in Which Diplomat Ordered to Pay Restitution to Domestic Worker in Amount of $24,153

NYATN members provided legal representation to a former domestic worker of a diplomat who worked more than 70 hours a week but was merely paid $1,000 per month.  Republic of Mauritius ambassador Somduth Soborun was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay full restitution to the domestic worker he trafficked in the amount of $24,153.  According to the press release from the FBI, Soborun pled guilty to one count of failing to pay the minimum wage rate.  Read more here.

The Emancipation Proclamation and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act

September 22, 2012 is the 150th anniversary of the preliminary decree for the Emancipation Proclamation.  In honor of this landmark date, NYATN members Safe Horizon and Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and ally Rabbis for Human Rights – North America wrote op-eds on the importance of reauthorizing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the cornerstone of anti-trafficking law in the United States, which outlaws human trafficking, forced labor, and involuntary servitude.

Melissa Ditmore and NYATN Steering Member Juhu Thukral Write “Accountability and the Use of Raids to Fight Trafficking” for Anti-Trafficking Review

The premiere issue of Anti-Trafficking Review features an article written by Melissa Ditmore and NYATN steering member Juhu Thukral entitled, “Accountability and the Use of Raids to Fight Trafficking.”  The Anti-Trafficking Review promotes a human rights-based approach to human trafficking. It explores trafficking in its broader context including gender analyses and intersections with labour and migrant rights.  This issue “explores how the ‘accountability vacuum’ affects the ability of migrants to realise their rights and entitlements; what this means for rights-based approaches to human trafficking; and the role that anti-trafficking organisations could play in promoting greater accountability.”  Read more….

Court Prohibits Religious Restrictions on Government-Funded Human Trafficking Victims’ Program

NYATN members, including Florrie Burke, have worked tirelessly on the issue of how government funding policies adversely impact the reproductive health of victims and survivors of human trafficking, including supporting the ACLU’s efforts in its case, ACLU of Massachusetts v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al.  This month, a federal judge ruled that the government cannot impose religious restrictions on reproductive health services for victims of human trafficking.  “The court is right to insist that organizations receiving government funding cannot use their religion as an excuse to discriminate and withhold crucial services from victims of human trafficking,” said Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project.  Read more….

Race-Talk Honors National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

*Update: Race-Talk unfortunately has closed its doors.  See below for alternative links.

Race-Talk honors National Human Trafficking Awareness Day with a series of blog contributions from members of the New York Anti-Trafficking Network guest-edited by Juhu Thukral for the second consecutive year.

Florrie Burke’s Letter to the Washington Post

Florrie Burke submitted a letter to the editors of The Washington Post.  An excerpt:

“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. “

Crystal DeBoise Writes About Why It’s Wrong for Police to Use Condoms as Evidence

Crystal DeBoise wrote an article for On The Issues Magazine, “Stopping Police and DAs from Using Condoms to Convict Sex Workers.”  An excerpt:

New York State Bill A1008/S323, cosponsored by more than a dozen state senators, would stop police and prosecutors from using possession of condoms as evidence of prostitution in specified criminal or civil proceedings. According to the summary of the bill, it ‘provides that possession of a condom may not be received in evidence in any trial, hearing or proceeding as evidence of prostitution, patronizing a prostitute, promoting prostitution, permitting prostitution, maintaining a premises for prostitution, lewdness or assignation, or maintaining a bawdy house.’”


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