Archive for September, 2014

NYATN steering member Ivy Suriyopas to speak on panels for Asian American conferences

NYATN steering member Ivy O. Suriyopas will speak on a panel, “The Civil Rights Movement: APAs Moving Forward,” for the Asian American Bar Association of New York’s 5th Annual Fall Conference on Saturday, September 20, 2014.  Among other things, using labor trafficking as a lens, the panel will end with a discussion of the connections between the contemporary issues of civil, social, and economic rights and the traditional Civil Rights movement.  CLE credits are available.  Read more….

Suriyopas will also speak on a panel, “The Changing Face of Human Trafficking,” for the 2014 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Convention on November 7, 2014 in Arizona.  Register here….


Panel: “Children Migrating Alone & The Trafficking Victims Protection Act”

In light of the recent influx of unaccompanied children arriving at our southern border, the City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women and Children Project will host a panel discussion on the intersections of unaccompanied youth and human trafficking. While some have looked to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act as a source of the recent surge in the migration of children, others counter that the law is in place to enhance their protection. The panelists will discuss their work with unaccompanied youth and victims of human trafficking, best practices for screening, and recent developments.  NYATN steering member Suzanne Tomatore will moderate.  Read more….

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

6-9 pm

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NYATN’s Suzanne Tomatore quoted in “Labor Trafficking Persists Amid Outrage Over Sex Trade”

NYATN steering member Suzanne Tomatore is quoted in City Limits’Labor Trafficking Persists Amid Outrage Over Sex Trade.”  Tomatore says, in part: “[Human trafficking survivors] have a sense that a crime was committed against them and that they’ve been deceived, manipulated and abused. They come to us for other reasons such as domestic violence or they’re trying to get help with immigration status. In talking to them, we identify initial trafficking to the United States. Sometimes our claimants have been in the United States for many years and were trafficked later.”  A report from Tomatore’s agency, the City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women and Children Project, shows: “Out of the 150 human trafficking cases, 54.6 percent involved labor trafficking and 45.3 percent involved sex trafficking. Domestic work was the most frequently reported form of labor trafficking, representing nearly 80 percent of the cases.”  Read more….

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