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#TalkTraffic: Human Rights Day and Ending Trafficking in Persons

Today, December 10th, is Human Rights Day. It’s a day to reflect on the rights we all have, just by virtue of our human dignity, and on the many ways we can work to protect and enhance rights and safety for everyone. This year, there’s a special focus on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. That means thinking more deeply about ways to support economic empowerment to ensure people have the opportunity and autonomy they need in order to thrive. To read more, please go here.

5th Annual NYATN Commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

The New York Anti-Trafficking Network has written in commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month for the fifth consecutive year.

Previous NYATN contributions include the following:

Suzanne Seltzer and Juhu Thukral’s “Human Rights and the Fight Against Human Trafficking”

In honor of Human Rights Day on December 10, NYATN steering members Suzanne Seltzer and Juhu Thukral have written, “Human Rights and the Fight Against Human Trafficking,” for The Huffington Post.  They write, in part, “Unfortunately, a well-meaning but misguided trend in anti-trafficking efforts hasn’t proven to help, but it has the potential to backfire and harm countless victims, survivors, and bystanders: Using sex offender registries as an anti-trafficking tool. Sex offender registries have their place in law enforcement, but human rights advocates and policymakers have been warning that over-use has been dangerous, both because they rarely protect potential victims, and they overload law enforcement agencies.”  Read more….

World Cup, Forced Labor and Trafficking: Learn More and Make a Difference

NYATN steering member Juhu Thukral’s Huffington Post piece, World Cup, Forced Labor and Trafficking: Learn More and Make a Difference, addresses “ways to improve human rights for all workers as we take in the thrill and excitement of events like the World Cup and Olympics.”  Read more…..

Crystal DeBoise’s “Human Trafficking and Sex Work: Foundational Social Work Principles”

NYATN member Crystal DeBoise, co-director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, wrote an article on Human Trafficking and Sex Work: Foundational Social Work Principles for Meredians: feminism, race, transnationalism.  Ms. DeBoise’s writes in part: “We have also found that [foundational social-work] values are often not applied to those who have been involved in sex work and human trafficking, most likely because of the emotionally triggering subject matter and the ubiquitous stigma of being involved in the sex industry. However, using the foundational principles of modern social work is required if our work with survivors of human trafficking and sex workers is to be effective and empowering.”  Read more….

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:

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