“In Suit, Housekeeper Says Buddhist Monk Enslaved Her in His Queens Home,” By Kirk Semple, The New York Times, 8.7.11
“She was finally able to escape ‘with the assistance of a Good Samaritan,’ a friend of the family who visited the Choi home and took pity on the woman, said one of Ms. Oh’s lawyers, Ivy Suriyopas. “
“UAE Officer Cleared of Charges in RI Servant Case,” By Laura Crimaldi AP, ABC News, 8.5.11
“Ballesteros, who also filed a civil lawsuit, left the courtroom without commenting. Her civil attorney, Ivy O. Suriyopas, called the verdict a “gross miscarriage of justice.””
“Behind Closed Doors” – Trailer
A documentary on domestic workers in New York City – a Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism masters project – which includes an interview with Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Ivy Suriyopas. Produced, directed, and written by Pracheta Sharma & Jessica Hopper.
NYATN Supports an Abused Domestic Worker in her Suit Against a Former Diplomat
The New York Anti-Trafficking Network signed on to an Amicus Brief with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, ACLU Foundation Women’s Rights Project, and 10 others in support of Ms. Vishranthamma Swarna in her law suit, Swarna v. Al-Awadi et al., in February 2010. Ms. Swarna was the former domestic worker of Badar Al-Awadi, a Kuwaiti diplomat, and his wife; her claims include charges of abuse and employment violations against the couple as well as the state of Kuwait.
“Diplomatic Immunity at Issue in Domestic-Worker Abuse Cases,” By Sarah Fitzpatrick, The Washington Post, 9.20.09
“Baoanan’s attorney, Ivy Suriyopas, called the ruling ‘an important shift’ in cases involving diplomatic immunity. “
“‘Unfortunately, cases involving diplomatic employers represent a disproportionate amount of the domestic-worker abuse cases we see,’ said Suzanne Tomatore, director of the Immigrant Women and Children Project at the New York City Bar Justice Center. “
May 14, 2009, 9 AM – 1 PM
City Bar Justice Center, 42 W44th St., NY, NY
This is a FREE event.
Please RSVP to here.
with your name, organization/program, and title.
Space is limited, register by May 8, 2009.
In person registration begins at 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.
Human trafficking is a violation of human rights. Women, men and children are compelled to work against their will as domestic servants and in industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, construction, food service, beauty salons, the commercial sex industry and many more.
The U.S. government estimates that up to 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. annually, yet less than 800 survivors have been granted visas. New York City has been identified as one of the country’s top ports of entry, transit and destination for trafficked persons because of its large population of immigrants, its close proximity to major international ports, and its concentration of many industries where trafficking can flourish. This half-day forum will provide service providers, activists, advocates, and community organizers with the tools to respond to human trafficking.
- Understand human trafficking
- Identify the signs of trafficking
- Recognize the social service and legal needs of trafficked persons
- Refer survivors of human trafficking to experienced providers
Learn how you can help end human trafficking in New York City.
Please find below the materials from NYATN’s May 14, 2009 forum, “Identify & Assist Survivors of Human Trafficking.”
Former UN Diplomat Denied Immunity in Labor Lawsuit
AALDEF has succeeded in getting a federal judge to withhold diplomatic immunity so that a survivor of trafficking and former domestic employee can pursue a civil suit against her UN ambassador employer. Click Here to read “Former UN Diplomat Denied Immunity in Labor Lawsuit”
- Click Here to read NYATN member, AALDEF’s, press release about their success
- For information about trafficking and the law, you start by reading the federal law … William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008
NYATN Addresses the Legal Issues of Bringing Diplomat Employers to Court for Violating Laws Against Human Trafficking
ABC News’ 20/20 featured NYATN member Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund‘s case, Baoanan v. Baja, in a segment called “Diplomats Abusing Domestic Help?” There, staff attorney Ivy Suriyopas addressed the legal issues in bringing a lawsuit against diplomat employers for violating federal anti-trafficking statutes and other laws. Watch the video….
NYATN member Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s case, Baoanan v. Baja, was in ABC News’ article, “Diplomats Accused of Behaving Badly but Protected by Immunity.” It described the number of lawsuits former domestic workers have filed against their diplomat employers for human trafficking in violation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and other claims. Read more….
“Nurse Claims Employer Enslaved Her,” By Kirk Semple, The New York Times, 7.10.08
“Ivy O. Suriyopas, a staff attorney with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, said Ms. Baoanan’s case illustrates ‘a pattern of diplomats exploiting their domestic workers.’”