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Human Rights and Economic Opportunity Will End Trafficking

One of NYATN’s founders and Steering Committee member, Juhu Thukral, wrote a journal article in the Anti-Trafficking Review. Here is a short preview:

Response to ATR Debate Proposition: ‘Prosecuting trafficking deflects attention from much more important responses and is anyway a waste of time and money’

This statement by the editors of this issue on the place of prosecution in ending human trafficking is of course hyperbolic, but it points to a basic truth about different strategies to protect human rights around the world. The ultimate goal in any anti-trafficking work should be twofold: preventing trafficking from happening in the first place; and helping survivors reclaim their voices and their lives so they can define how they want to move forward. Engaged audiences care about trafficking as a global issue and find it horrifying because it violates a shared hope—dignity for all people—and the communal belief that everyone deserves a chance to thrive and seek opportunity in life. To continue, please click here.

Please cite this article as: J Thukral, ‘Human Rights and Economic Opportunity Will End Trafficking’, Anti-Trafficking Review, issue 6, 2016, pp. 134–137 issue 6, 2016, pp. 130–133, www.antitraffickingreview.org.

The Anti-Trafficking Review promotes a human rights-based approach to anti-trafficking. It explores trafficking in its broader context including gender analyses and intersections with labour and migrant rights.

 

The Intersection of Immigration and Criminal Justice for Women, Girls, and Transgender People

Juhu Thukral of NYATN’s Steering Committee wrote a piece for the Vera Institute’s blog on gender and justice, on the dangerous intersection of the criminal justice and immigration legal systems, with particular impact on women, girls, and trans people. You can check it out here.

#TalkTraffic: Human Rights Day and Ending Trafficking in Persons

Today, December 10th, is Human Rights Day. It’s a day to reflect on the rights we all have, just by virtue of our human dignity, and on the many ways we can work to protect and enhance rights and safety for everyone. This year, there’s a special focus on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. That means thinking more deeply about ways to support economic empowerment to ensure people have the opportunity and autonomy they need in order to thrive. To read more, please go here.

5th Annual NYATN Commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

The New York Anti-Trafficking Network has written in commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month for the fifth consecutive year.

Previous NYATN contributions include the following:

Suzanne Seltzer and Juhu Thukral’s “Human Rights and the Fight Against Human Trafficking”

In honor of Human Rights Day on December 10, NYATN steering members Suzanne Seltzer and Juhu Thukral have written, “Human Rights and the Fight Against Human Trafficking,” for The Huffington Post.  They write, in part, “Unfortunately, a well-meaning but misguided trend in anti-trafficking efforts hasn’t proven to help, but it has the potential to backfire and harm countless victims, survivors, and bystanders: Using sex offender registries as an anti-trafficking tool. Sex offender registries have their place in law enforcement, but human rights advocates and policymakers have been warning that over-use has been dangerous, both because they rarely protect potential victims, and they overload law enforcement agencies.”  Read more….

World Cup, Forced Labor and Trafficking: Learn More and Make a Difference

NYATN steering member Juhu Thukral’s Huffington Post piece, World Cup, Forced Labor and Trafficking: Learn More and Make a Difference, addresses “ways to improve human rights for all workers as we take in the thrill and excitement of events like the World Cup and Olympics.”  Read more…..

Crystal DeBoise’s “Human Trafficking and Sex Work: Foundational Social Work Principles”

NYATN member Crystal DeBoise, co-director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, wrote an article on Human Trafficking and Sex Work: Foundational Social Work Principles for Meredians: feminism, race, transnationalism.  Ms. DeBoise’s writes in part: “We have also found that [foundational social-work] values are often not applied to those who have been involved in sex work and human trafficking, most likely because of the emotionally triggering subject matter and the ubiquitous stigma of being involved in the sex industry. However, using the foundational principles of modern social work is required if our work with survivors of human trafficking and sex workers is to be effective and empowering.”  Read more….

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