The New York Times published NYATN member Sex Workers Project’s Letter to the Editor in response to the article, “With Special Courts, State Aims to Steer Women Away From Sex Trade.” Robin Richardson writes in part: “Not all those arrested for prostitution are victims of human trafficking. Individuals brought into these courts who do sex work by choice or because of difficult life circumstances, and people falsely profiled as sex workers because of their race, gender identity or arrest history, also deserve help and a zealous defense.” Read more….
NYATN will speak at the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights at the United Nations
On October 3, 2013 at 3 pm, members of NYATN will speak at the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights at the United Nations.
At the international level and in many States, the legal response to trafficking in persons is focused on criminal justice and law enforcement, at the expense of human rights and the rights and well being of the victims of trafficking. Law enforcement tactics such as raids often frighten the people they are intended to help (by removing them from coercive situations), and often result in detention and ultimately, deportation. Increasingly, human rights defenders and activists worldwide are calling attention to anti-trafficking measures are not only not effective, they are leading to further human rights violations – of people who are trafficked and other workers and migrants who are caught up in the anti-trafficking response. It is critical that anti-trafficking measures put the needs of the people they are intended to protect first.
This session will explore analysis of the human rights impact of anti-trafficking programmes that are focused on a law-enforcement response rather than a human rights response. It will look at what we need to learn from survivors of trafficking and explore strategies by which we can support all actors in the anti-trafficking response – to stop the emphasis on “doing more” and instead focus on “doing well” and actually address the needs of trafficking survivors and others affected by anti-trafficking laws and policies, not just the hype.
- Bandana Pattanaik, Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women-International Secretariat, Bangkok
- Sienna Baskin, Sex Workers Project, at the Urban Justice Center, New York
- Avaloy Lanning, Safe Horizon, New York
- Florrie Burke, Freedom Network USA, Chair Emeritus
- Ivy O. Suriyopas, Anti-Trafficking Initiative, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), and Co-chair, Freedom Network USA
- Suzanne Tomatore, Immigrant Women & Children Project City Bar Justice Center, New York, and Co-chair, Freedom Network USA
Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW)
United Methodist Women
NYATN members conducted a CLE training on “Immigration Practices for Survivors of Human Trafficking.” This training reviewed immigration remedies for victims of trafficking, the eligibility requirements for a T Nonimmigrant Visa, and the basics of preparing the T Visa application package, with an emphasis on addressing issues specific to LGBT clients.
Date: Wednesday September 18, 2013
Time: 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Director, Immigrant Women & Children Project City Bar Justice Center
Staff Attorney, Sex Workers Project
Urban Justice Center
Director, Anti-Trafficking Initiative
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Areas of Professional Practice: 3.00