City Bar Justice Center‘s Suzanne Tomatore, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund‘s Ivy Suriyopas, and the Sex Workers Project‘s Melissa Broudo testified before members of the Committee on Women’s Issues and Committee on Public Safety on October 19, 2011. The hearing was on “Combating Sex Trafficking in New York City: Examining Law Enforcement Efforts – Prevention and Prosecution.” It included a report from Human Services & Governmental Affairs Divisions and testimony from the NYPD, district attorneys from Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, legal and social service providers, and advocates.
“Trafficked Women’s Second Chance,” By Hugh Ryan, The Daily Beast, 10.14.11
“’There was no way to go back and erase a criminal conviction in New York,’ says Sienna Baskin, co-director of the organization that helped Maria, the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center. SWP is a legal advocacy organization that helps sex workers of all kinds, from trafficked individuals to those who freely engage in commercial sex. In 2007, SWP helped create the New York Anti-Trafficking law, which made human trafficking a statewide offense.”
Labor Trafficking Panel
NYATN will host a panel during Freedom Week. Join us for a deep, informative look into labor trafficking – the slavery that makes the goods you use. Featured speakers include Linda Oalican, a former labor trafficking victim and now the founder of Damayan Migrant Workers Association; Ivy Suriyopas, an attorney at the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Tauno Bilstead from Safe Horizon; and Lydia Catina, a trafficking victims’ aid worker. Free.
Immigration Law and Human Trafficking
Tuesday, October 11
Human trafficking isn’t the same as illegal smuggling. This event was hosted by the NYU Law School’s Anti-Trafficking Advocacy Coalition. Along with the fundamental differences between these two crimes, experts in immigration will explained how traffickers get around the laws we have, and what we can do about it. Speakers included: Lori Cohen, senior staff attorney at Sanctuary for Families; Ivy Suriyopas, staff attorney at Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Suzanne Seltzer, partner at Klasko, Rulon, Stack & Seltzer; Sienna Baskin, co-director of Sex Workers Project at Urban Justice Center.