Archive for December, 2011

New York Anti-Trafficking Network Honored by Families for Freedom

Families for Freedom had their 5th annual fundraiser on December 2, 2011, at Judson Memorial Church. The New York Anti-Trafficking Network was one of the groups that were honored as part of the New York State Working Group Against Deportation. We provided the working group with a trafficking fact sheet and helped with the letter to Governor Cuomo on Secure Communities. The certificate honors “New York Anti-Trafficking Network for their commitment to immigrant rights and for their support in the fight to keep our families together.” We are grateful to be part of such a great coalition!


Model Anti-Trafficking Legislation

Earlier this month, Suzanne Tomatore, Project Director of the City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women & Children Project, attended a drafting committee meeting of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC).

Established in 1892, the ULC provides states with nonpartisan draft legislation designed to provide clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law. The open drafting process draws on the expertise of commissioners appointed by the states, and it also utilizes input from legal experts, advisers and observers representing the views of other legal organizations and interested groups.

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Florrie Burke Testifies for the U.S. House of Representatives

Updated: See video of Florrie Burke’s testimony, starting at 9:20.

Florrie Burke

Florrie Burke

Florrie Burke testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on December 14, 2011.  Her written testimony: HHS and the Catholic Church: Examining the Politicization of Grants.

UAE Embassy Couple Indicted for Trafficking Indonesian Mother and Daughter

Update: In a related matter, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania indicted three people, Nura Ziadeh, Rashid Ziadeh and Mannatullah Ziadeh, alleging that they recruited foreign nationals to serve as domestic workers and harboring them for commercial gain.

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is representing the mother, “S.S.” (as she is referred to in the indictment, U.S. v. Mervat Tolan and Nabil Talaat), as she cooperates with federal authorities as a witness in the criminal proceedings.  Click here for the complete press release.

Upcoming Webinar Training: Identification and Intake Best Practices and Recommendations Regarding Youth and Trafficking

How We Identify and Document Youth at Risk of Trafficking

What are the recommended best practices for identifying formerly, currently, or potentially trafficked youth at intake? Recent studies have found that survivors under the age of 18, male survivors, transgender survivors and labor trafficking survivors are underserved in NYC. This Webinar will provide easily-asked-questions that programs can begin using immediately as well as long-term considerations for changing intake forms to better inquire into trafficking and preventing re-victimization. This Webinar will address the challenges to serving trafficked youth, available resources and ways to support survivors and promote self-sufficiency.


 Suzanne Tomatore, Director of Immigrant Women and Children Project – City Bar Justice Center;

Laura Matthews-Jolly, Staff Attorney/Equal Justice Works Fellow at Immigrant Women and Children’s Project – City Bar Justice Center

Facilitated by James Bolas, Director of Education, Empire State Coalition of Youth and Family Services


Thursday, December 15th: 1pm – 3pm

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