Archive for October, 2011

NYATN Testifies at NYC Council Hearing

Suzanne Tomatore

Suzanne Tomatore Testifies at the NYC Council Hearing on "Combating Sex Trafficking in New York City"

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.


Sienna Baskin in the News

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.”

NYATN Steering Committee Member Crystal DeBoise Will Speak About Sex Trafficking on Anti-Trafficking/Anti-Slavery Day

Socials for Change and On the Issues Magazine are pleased to present Engaged Activism: A Conversation on Global Sex Trafficking – Tuesday, October 18.


We will be joined by Courage Prize Winners Triveni Acharya, President, Rescue Foundation, Mumbai, India and Lydia Cacho Founder and Director of the nonprofit Women’s Assistance Center in Cancún, Mexico and author of Slaves of Power: A Journey to the Heart of World Sex Trafficking of Women.

Along with Crystal DeBoise, Co-Director, Sex Workers Project and Merle Hoffman, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of On The Issues Magazine and author of upcoming book Intimate Wars.

Refreshments begin at 6:00 p.m. The program begins at 6:30pm at the Laura Parsons Pratt Conference Center in the landmark FPWA Building 281 Park Avenue South at 22nd Street.

Freedom Week Labor Trafficking Panel

Labor Trafficking Panel

Safe Horizon's Tauno Bilstead and AALDEF's Ivy Suriyopas

Labor Trafficking Panel

NYATN Labor Trafficking Panel

Freedom Week invited NYATN to host a Labor Trafficking panel, featuring DAMAYAN, Safe Horizon, and AALDEF.

Labor Trafficking Panel with ACT and NY Anti-Trafficking Network 
Sunday, October 16
5-7 pm (note: time change)
Room 802, NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

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.

Click here for details on last year’s Freedom Week, and click here for details on this year’s event.

NYATN’s First Freedom Week 2011 Panel a Success

Immigration Law and Human Trafficking

AALDEF's Ivy Suriyopas, Klasko's Suzanne Seltzer, and Sex Workers Project Sienna Baskin

AALDEF's Ivy Suriyopas, Klasko Rulon's Suzanne Seltzer, facilitator Christine DiDomenico, Sanctuary for Families' Lori Cohen, and Sex Workers Project's Sienna Baskin

Tuesday, October 11
Vanderbilt Hall

Freedom Week Immigration Panel Flier

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. 

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