The New York Anti-Trafficking Network has written in commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month for the fifth consecutive year.
- Everyday Actions That Help Fight Human Trafficking – By Ivy O. Suriyopas
- Five Things We Should Do Better for Survivors of Human Trafficking – By Crystal DeBoise
Previous NYATN contributions include the following:
Congratulations on the successful Workers’ Rights Dialogue and Discussion of Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States at Bluestockings Book Store last week. Florrie Burke, Chair Emeritus of the Freedom Network (USA) facilitated the discussion with Damayan Migrant Workers Association’s Leah Obias, NYATN steering member and Sex Workers Project Co-Director Crystal DeBoise, and author Denise Brennan. Royalties from Life Interrupted will be donated to a fund for trafficking survivors through the Freedom Network (USA).
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.