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 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….