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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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4th Annual NYATN Commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

NY Anti-Trafficking Network has written in commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month for the fourth consecutive year.

Previous Race-Talk contributions include:

3rd Annual NYATN/Race-Talk Commemoration of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

*Update: Race-Talk has unfortunately closed its doors.  See below for alternative links.

Race-Talk honors National Human Trafficking Awareness Day with a series of blog contributions from members of the New York Anti-Trafficking Network and others guest-edited by Juhu Thukral for the third consecutive year.

Previous Race-Talk blog contributions include:

NYATN Member Asks: “Are New Policies Really About Human Trafficking?”

NYATN Steering Member Suzanne Seltzer’s piece, “Are New Policies Really About Human Trafficking?” in honor of Human Rights Day on Race-Talk, examines misguided policies such as California’s Proposition 35 which purport to be anti-trafficking legislation but actually may be harmful to many of those who are are trafficked.  Read more here.

NYATN Case in Which Diplomat Ordered to Pay Restitution to Domestic Worker in Amount of $24,153

NYATN members provided legal representation to a former domestic worker of a diplomat who worked more than 70 hours a week but was merely paid $1,000 per month.  Republic of Mauritius ambassador Somduth Soborun was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay full restitution to the domestic worker he trafficked in the amount of $24,153.  According to the press release from the FBI, Soborun pled guilty to one count of failing to pay the minimum wage rate.  Read more here.

The Emancipation Proclamation and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act

Update: President Obama signed the bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act on March 7, 2013.  Congress voted to reauthorize 286-138.

September 22, 2012 is the 150th anniversary of the preliminary decree for the Emancipation Proclamation.  In honor of this landmark date, NYATN members Safe Horizon and Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and ally Rabbis for Human Rights – North America wrote op-eds on the importance of reauthorizing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the cornerstone of anti-trafficking law in the United States, which outlaws human trafficking, forced labor, and involuntary servitude.

Melissa Ditmore and NYATN Steering Member Juhu Thukral Write “Accountability and the Use of Raids to Fight Trafficking” for Anti-Trafficking Review

The premiere issue of Anti-Trafficking Review features an article written by Melissa Ditmore and NYATN steering member Juhu Thukral entitled, “Accountability and the Use of Raids to Fight Trafficking.”  The Anti-Trafficking Review promotes a human rights-based approach to human trafficking. It explores trafficking in its broader context including gender analyses and intersections with labour and migrant rights.  This issue “explores how the ‘accountability vacuum’ affects the ability of migrants to realise their rights and entitlements; what this means for rights-based approaches to human trafficking; and the role that anti-trafficking organisations could play in promoting greater accountability.”  Read more….

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