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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.
- Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Looking Forward to Prevention and Solutions, An Introduction — By Juhu Thukral
- Confiscating Condoms from Sex Workers and Trafficking Victims – a Dangerous Policy* — By Sienna Baskin
- Human Trafficking and Corporate Supply Chains* — By Ivy O. Suriyopas
- Individual Experiences of Trafficking Provide Crucial Information for Prevention –By Melissa Ditmore and Suzanne B. Seltzer
- Undocumented Immigrants Overlooked in Anti Human Trafficking Efforts* – By Kavitha Sreeharsha
Previous Race-Talk blog contributions include:
For the fifth consecutive year, NYATN will present an NGO Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Forum Parallel Event in March in honor of Women’s History Month. Last year, we presented on “Women’s Economic Opportunity: A Solution for Trafficking in Persons.” Our event will take place on March 7th at 8:30 am in New York (note time change). Additional details to be announced.
NYATN members Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant and Women Children Project, and Safe Horizon helped to organize the upcoming Training Institute on Human Trafficking Prevention: Health and Human Service Concerns for At-Risk Women and Youth. The meeting will take place on October 17 – 18, 2012 at 8:00am – 4:30pm, at the Jacob Javitz Federal Building, 26 Federal Plaza, 6th Floor Conference Center, New York, NY 10278. The second day of the training will feature the curriculum from the Freedom Network Training Institute. The deadline to register is October 3, 2012. This training is free, but space is limited. Register here.
UJC’s Sex Workers Project Releases New Report on Human Trafficking Pipeline from Mexico to New York City
Today, NYATN member Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center announces its release of its new report “The Road North: The Role of Gender, Poverty and Violence in Trafficking from Mexico to the U.S.” The report “identifies root causes of this trafficking pipeline, alongside first-‐hand accounts.” It makes specific policy recommendations for both the Mexican and U.S. governments and makes recommendations for non-governmental organizations with an eye towards trafficking prevention. Click here for more information. Also available in Spanish.
New York Anti-Trafficking Network steering committee member Florrie Burke discusses the adverse impact to human trafficking survivors when the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) denied service providers the ability to provide, and refer them for, reproductive health services (such as contraception, abortion, and other gynecological services) in “Sex and the Vatican City, ” an article by Stephanie Mencimer in the May/June 2012 issue of Mother Jones available on newsstands now. Ms. Burke also testified before Congress on this vital issue. Read more….
NYATN will host a Networking Breakfast at 10 am on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at the Urban Justice Center. This is an opportunity for anti-trafficking advocates to meet and discuss prevailing issues impacting victims and survivors of human trafficking. Please RSVP by Friday, May 10, 2012.
In recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the New York Asian Women’s Center and John Jay College of Criminal Justice will host a forum on “Dynamics of Human Trafficking in New York City” on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6 pm. Speakers include NYATN member Ivy Suriyopas, staff attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Deanna Croce, Training and Outreach Manager in the Anti-Trafficking Program at Safe Horizon. RSVP at johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/gradorientation/event.aspx.
NYATN celebrates 10 years of providing direct services to almost 1,000 survivors of human trafficking
NYATN is celebrating 10 years of providing direct services to almost 1,000 survivors of human trafficking. We are the first in New York to promote the rights of survivors of human trafficking. We bring together the voices of those with first-hand experience of the injustices of human trafficking, who work consistently to meet the needs of trafficked persons, and who advocate for a more rights-based and responsive policy towards trafficked persons. Read more highlights about NYATN’s work over the past decade. Please join us in honoring our anniversary at our Networking Breakfast in May.
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….
Freedom Network (USA) hosted its annual conference in New York on March 21 and 22, 2012. The theme was “Beyond Rhetoric: Human Trafficking Work in the Field.” Click here for more information about previous conferences.
Sienna Baskin, of NYATN member organization Sex Workers Project, hosted a panel on innovative approaches to investigating and prosecuting human trafficking at the Freedom Network Conference. Panelists included Lynly Egyes, staff attorney at the Sex Workers Project, John Temple, Assistant District Attorney in the Sex Crimes Unit at the New York County DA’s Office, and Monica Ryan, Trial Attorney for the Department of Justice.
Ivy Suriyopas, of NYATN member organization Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, co-facilitated a panel on “Cutting-Edge Anti-Trafficking Legislation: The Changes and Their Impact” with Coalition Against Slavery and Trafficking’s (CAST) Stephanie Richard at the Freedom Network Conference. Panelists included David Abramowitz, Vice President, Policy and Government Relations at Humanity United, Daniel Werner, Deputy Legal Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Melissa Sontag Broudo (not pictured), Staff Attorney at the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center.