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#TalkTraffic: Solutions to End Trafficking

July 27, 2015 Comments off

This is the seventh video in our 10-part #TalkTraffic video series. See Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

Our goal is to end trafficking, and to prevent it from happening in the first place. We also want to help survivors reclaim their voices and their lives. This video delves into the solutions we need that will put an end to trafficking.

What You Need To Know

At NY Anti-Trafficking Network, we focus on helping survivors reclaim their voices and their lives, but we are also working to prevent and end trafficking at the root causes. Prevention is key – and therefore requires taking on the issues that lead people to the vulnerable situations that put them at risk for trafficking in the first place.

These are the long-term solutions we are working toward and calling for:

  • Safe and affordable housing.
  • Supportive and qualified legal and social services.
  • Commonsense immigration policy.
  • Living wage jobs, opportunities to build financial assets, and anti-poverty policies.
  • Supporting low-wage workers organizing for their rights.
  • Sexuality education, which survivors say would have helped them navigate vulnerable situations.
  • Reduce reliance on the criminal justice system and remove heavy oversight by law enforcement.
  • Safe, qualified, and appropriate services and housing for LGBTQ young people, especially those at risk for homelessness and/or family rejection.
  • Promoting a global culture that values women and girls.
  • Protecting fair working conditions and labor rights.
  • Protecting human rights.
  • Transparency and accountability in supply chains for goods and services.

If you do any of this work, you are doing important anti-trafficking work.

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Learn more about what you can do to help.

Production Credits — Producers: Juhu Thukral and Jeffrey Yamaguchi. Video Production/Filming/Editing: Jordan Timpy and Cassie Timpy of Agape Visuals (Read their write-up about working on this project). Music: Broke For Free.

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#TalkTraffic: The Importance of Legal Services for Trafficking Survivors

July 20, 2015 Comments off

This is the sixth video in our 10-part #TalkTraffic video series. See Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

Survivors of trafficking need a wide range of legal services. It takes expert legal knowledge and experience to work with a survivor as he or she moves through immigration, criminal justice, housing, civil litigation, or family law issues. This video explains how survivors can work with their lawyers on navigating different legal systems.

What You Need To Know

Properly trained lawyers are a critical part of a trafficking survivor’s support team. Expert and qualified lawyers work to protect survivors’ legal rights, which helps people re-gain their own voice and make decisions about how they want to move forward with their lives.

Lawyers who understand the dynamics of trafficking can help survivors tell their stories in a safe way that protects their legal rights and gets them the help they need and deserve. This means:

  • Listening to survivors explain their understanding of their own experience.
  • Helping survivors figure out what they want from different legal systems and what their goals are, so the survivor can decide how he or she wants to move forward.

For this reason, lawyers working with trafficking survivors or people at risk should be qualified to provide appropriate legal services, and have the necessary training and expertise in this work. They should also be able to provide linguistically and culturally appropriate legal services.

    Trafficking survivors have a wide range of complex legal needs:

  • Immigration.
  • Housing.
  • Civil litigation.
  • Family law.
  • Child protection system.
  • Criminal justice.

Within the criminal justice system, survivors’ legal needs include:

  • Criminal defense, where a survivor has been arrested, often multiple times.
  • Essentially erasing the criminal convictions from a survivor’s criminal record (from prior arrests) so he or she can find future employment and safe housing.
  • Protecting a survivor’s rights and interests as he or she cooperates with law enforcement and prosecutors against a trafficker, if the survivor decides to do so.

Lawyers need to remember, each survivor has a different approach to what he or she wants and needs in order to move forward. Listening and supporting the survivor’s self-determination is key!

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Production Credits — Producers: Juhu Thukral and Jeffrey Yamaguchi. Video Production/Filming/Editing: Jordan Timpy and Cassie Timpy of Agape Visuals (Read their write-up about working on this project). Music: Broke For Free.

#TalkTraffic: The Approach to Social Services for Trafficking Survivors

July 13, 2015 Comments off

This is the fifth video in our 10-part #TalkTraffic video series. See Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

It’s crucial for survivors of trafficking to work with trained social workers who can help them navigate different systems and opportunities that can support them in moving forward. This video delves into the kinds of services qualified social workers can provide trafficking survivors.

What You Need To Know

Qualified and trained social workers are a critical part of a trafficking survivor’s support team. Social workers can help survivors create the space they need to re-gain their own voice and make decisions about how they want to move forward with their lives.

  • Social workers are obligated to listen to what survivors want and meet them where they’re at, which is a key principle of social work.
  • For this reason, social workers should be qualified to provide services, and have the necessary training and expertise in this work. They should also be able to provide linguistically and culturally appropriate services.
  • Qualified social workers offer a wide range of services: Access to public benefits; Job training and employment; Finding housing; Therapy; and Managing details of everyday life that may be different from a survivor’s home country, like learning how to take the subway or drive a car!
  • Social services need to be tailored to the different needs of different survivors: young people, immigrants, LGBTQ people, men, women, and people from a variety of cultures and who speak different languages.

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Learn more about what you can do to help.

Production Credits — Producers: Juhu Thukral and Jeffrey Yamaguchi. Video Production/Filming/Editing: Jordan Timpy and Cassie Timpy of Agape Visuals (Read their write-up about working on this project). Music: Broke For Free.

#TalkTraffic: Survivors Sharing Their Voices

This is the fourth video in our 10-part #TalkTraffic video series. See Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Survivors of trafficking move on to reclaim their lives in so many different ways. The trafficking experience is not a core piece of their identity. Learn more about how survivors can share their voices while protecting their privacy.

What You Need To Know

For most survivors of trafficking, the trafficking experience does not define them. Remembering this helps when thinking about the most respectful ways to work with survivors who are sharing their voices.

Especially because the media and some well-intentioned policymakers are largely focused on horrific stories and salacious angles, the most important concept is Informed Consent:

  • Talk to survivors about possible legal and emotional consequences for sharing their stories and make sure their stories are anonymous, if that’s what the survivor wants.
  • Be straightforward about why and how you’re working with a survivor to share his or her story, and do not take the experience out of context, in the hopes of winning a particular policy or campaign.
  • Remind survivors about how long stories live on the internet and how widely stories can be shared through social media and websites, since this can have legal or emotional consequences.

The best ways to work together include:

  • Ask survivors what their needs are, and help to highlight their voices in the ways they want to share.
  • Connect survivors to qualified and appropriate legal and social services. This helps address potential legal consequences of sharing their voice, and deals with the potential trauma of telling parts of their story.
  • Encourage survivors to suggest solutions to prevent and end trafficking, and to collaborate and organize with other activists and concerned members of the community. There’s no need to re-live the details of abuse, since that information doesn’t help in preventing or ending trafficking.

Share this video: youtu.be/8EqceUNVjY8

Connect with us! nyatn.org | @NYATN | #TalkTraffic | Facebook

See the whole #TalkTraffic video project.

Learn more about what you can do to help.

Production Credits — Producers: Juhu Thukral and Jeffrey Yamaguchi. Video Production/Filming/Editing: Jordan Timpy and Cassie Timpy of Agape Visuals (Read their write-up about working on this project). Music: Broke For Free.

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