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New York City Bar has released its memorandum on the New York Women’s Equality Act

The New York City Bar has released its memorandum on the New York Women’s Equality Act (A.8070), including its analysis of “Part H – Strengthening Sex Trafficking Laws.”  The City Bar’s Committee on Sex and Law supports the greater emphasis on services for trafficked persons, the creation of an affirmative defense where the defendant’s participation was a result of having been a victim of sex trafficking, and the raising of the penalty for labor trafficking to a B felony.  The Committee also noted that Assembly Member Joseph Lentol’s bill, A.7474, creates a private right of action for trafficked persons to seek compensation as well as a right to counsel for trafficked persons seeking to vacate convictions from their criminal records.  Read more.

Read more about NYATN’s memorandum in support of A.M. Lentol’s bill, A.7474.  Please consider signing on.

Read more about NYATN’s memorandum and recommendations on how to make the Women’s Equality Act successful.

NYATN is Pleased to Support New York Bill A.7474 (Lentol), Which Prioritizes the Needs of Human Trafficking Victims and Survivors

Update: As of June 20, 2013, we have the following organizational sign-ons: Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, International Institute of Buffalo, Safe Horizon, Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center, T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights (formerly Rabbis for Human Rights – North America), University of Buffalo Women, Children, and Social Justice Law Clinic, Volunteer Lawyers Project, Worker Justice Center of New York, and YWCA of Niagara County.

NYATN presents its Memorandum in Support of A.7474, a bill introduced by New York State Assembly Members Joseph Lentol (D-50), Andrew Hevesi (D-28), and Daniel O’Donnell (D-69) on May 21, 2013.  This bill is critical to facilitating the identification of trafficked persons, improving their access to much needed services, and enabling them to more safely aid in the investigation and prosecution of their traffickers.

NYATN is pleased to support this legislation, which clearly addresses the circumstances faced by victims of human trafficking and prioritizes their needs. For more details, please review our memorandum in support of this important legislation.

We hope you sign on and share our support!

NYATN presents its Memorandum on the Women’s Equality Agenda and the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act

In light of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s formal introduction of the Women’s Equality Act bill (A.8070), the NY Anti-Trafficking Network presents its Memorandum on the Women’s Equality Agenda and the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act, which specifically addresses the anti-trafficking provisions of the bill.  The WEA bill largely adopts portions from Assemblymember Amy Paulin’s Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act bill (A.2240A), which is sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza in the Senate (S.2135A).  As the first coalition of legal and social service organizations in New York that provides services to, and advocates for the rights of, trafficking survivors, we hope that our concerns and recommendations will contribute to the dialogue and provide vital information regarding the needs of survivors of human trafficking.  Read more.

Free CLE: Remedies for Victims of Human Trafficking

NYATN member Ivy Suriyopas, attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, will present at a free CLE on “Remedies for Victims of Human Trafficking” for the Practising Law Institute on July 9, 2013 at 1 pm.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Screening and Identification of Human Trafficking Victims
  • Forms of Immigration Relief Available for Human Trafficking Survivors
  • Additional Remedies Available Under the TVPRA of 2013

Mark you calendar and don’t miss this important Free Briefing.

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