NYATN members Crystal DeBoise, Co-Director of the Sex Workers Project, and Song Kim, Kirkland & Ellis Fellow of AALDEF‘s Anti-Trafficking Initiative, will be speaking at the “Hidden in Plain Sight: Sex Trafficking in NYC” Campus-Community Conference at SUNY Downstate School of Public Health on Saturday, December 7. Learn how to recognize the signs of human trafficking and engage in discussions on prevention and mitigation.
On November 7th, NYATN hosted a convening on trafficking, focused on human rights approaches, long-term prevention, and common sense solutions in anti-trafficking campaigns. The group included leaders, advocates, academics, and journalists in the anti-trafficking, anti-domestic violence, civil liberties, workers’ rights, sex workers’ rights, women’s rights, and human rights fields. The group developed new ideas on solutions and narratives to apply in anti-trafficking work.
In The Global Times‘s piece, “Despite good marks, human trafficking remains a problem in US,” NYATN steering committee member Crystal DeBoise, Sex Workers Project co-director, is quoted about how criminalizing sex work impacts trafficked persons. The article says in part:
“Crystal DeBoise, co-director of the Sex Workers Project, said criminalizing sex work, which is punishable by incarceration in the US, spurs it to go underground, and argued that the more secret the location, the less access health workers and others will be able to help potential trafficking victims.” Read more….
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) also issued a press release in response to the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report. NYATN steering committee member Ivy Suriyopas, AALDEF staff attorney, stated, “Continued Presence and temporary visas are among our best tools in assisting trafficking survivors, and the consistently low numbers show that we are not making full use of them in our fight against trafficking.” Read more….
On February 9th, 2012, NYATN Steering Committee member Crystal DeBoise of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center presented on a distinguished panel titled, “Women, Sex Work, and Trafficking.” The event was coordinated by the Harvard Women’s Law Association at the Harvard School of Law and The American Constitutional Society. Along with panelists Siddharth Kara, Leah Foley, Kate Nace Day, and Julie Dahlstrom, DeBoise discussed global and local human trafficking and its relationship to sex work. DeBoise added the harm reduction and human rights perspective to the panel asserting that all sex work is not trafficking and sex work is a very broad term that encompasses a wide variety of experiences while providing concrete examples of how to effectively fight human trafficking in New York City.
*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.
Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Searching for Innovative Solutions* by Juhu Thukral
Building Effective Anti-Trafficking Efforts: Drivers as Allies by Sienna Baskin, which was also featured on the Huffington Post on January 13, 2012
Human Trafficking of Immigrant Transgender Women: Hidden in the Shadows* by Crystal DeBoise
State Anti-Immigrant Laws and Human Trafficking* by Ivy O. Suriyopas
- Race-Talk’s National Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2011 series
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.
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.’”