Thurs, March 16th, 8:30 AM: Human Rights and Trafficking in Persons: Empowering Women to Address Poverty
The UN Commission on the Status of Women begins meeting this Monday, and you can follow along at #CSW61.
This Thurs, March 16th, at 8:30 AM, NY Anti-Trafficking Network is holding a CSW61 parallel event focused on economic empowerment, human rights, and ways to end trafficking.
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Trafficking in persons is a severe human rights violation, experienced by people of all gender identities and ages in vulnerable situations around the world. This session explores the link between human trafficking, exploitative work conditions, and economic empowerment, with a special focus on trafficked people in the United States. Panelists will address how lack of economic opportunity, migration law and policy, and law enforcement can create the conditions which foster trafficking, and how autonomy, self-determination and economic justice are the keys to a human rights approach for anti-trafficking work.
Thurs, March 16, 2017
Armenian Cultural Center, Guild Hall
630 2nd Ave
NYATN Steering Committee member Suzanne Tomatore will be speaking on a panel entitled “Women’s Rights in Sustainable Development: The New Legal Frontiers” which will take place during the second week of the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW60). The event is free and no pass is necessary. Speakers include Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, Prof. Cynthia Soohoo, Director, Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic, CUNY School of Law, HE Mrs. Toyin Saraki, Founder and Director, The Wellbeing Foundation of Africa, Deborah Enix-Ross, Chair, Business and Human Rights Project of the ABA Center for Human Rights, and Suzanne Tomatore, Director, Immigrant Women & Children Project, City Bar Justice Center. The panel will take place on March 24, 2016 from 8:30 AM-10:00 AM at the Church Center for the United Nations, 2nd fl., 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017.
The event is sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of International Law, Section of International Law Women’s Interest Network, Section of International Law NGO & Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee and Transnational Legal Practice Committee.
Please save the date for our upcoming panel at the Commission on the Status of Women, “Human Rights and Trafficking in Persons: Empowering Women to Address Poverty”. The panel will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 6:15 PM in midtown Manhattan. More information to follow soon. To reserve a ticket, please click here.
A Conversation with Chi Adanna Mgbako, author of To Live Freely in This World: Sex Worker Activism in Africa and Clinical Professor of Law in the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School, and Kholi Buthelezi, long-time South African sex worker activist and National Coordinator of Sisonke. Based on original fieldwork in seven African countries, To Live Freely in This World is the first book to fully document the sex workers’ rights movement in Africa. Join us for a conversation about the history, challenges, and successes of one of the most vibrant and fastest-growing segments of the global sex workers’ rights struggle. Moderated by Sienna Baskin, Co-director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center.
You can engage and ask questions from wherever you are in the world! We will be live broadcasting this event through Periscope. Follow us on Periscope @SWP4rights or Twitter @UJCsexworkers to tune in.
Books available at the event, or purchase here.
For more information, go here.
Congratulations on the successful Workers’ Rights Dialogue and Discussion of Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States at Bluestockings Book Store last week. Florrie Burke, Chair Emeritus of the Freedom Network (USA) facilitated the discussion with Damayan Migrant Workers Association’s Leah Obias, NYATN steering member and Sex Workers Project Co-Director Crystal DeBoise, and author Denise Brennan. Royalties from Life Interrupted will be donated to a fund for trafficking survivors through the Freedom Network (USA).
Update: This event will be livestreamed.
NYATN member Sienna Baskin will be speaking on a panel, “Clearing the Slate: Seeking Effective Remedies for Criminalized Trafficking Victims,” at CUNY Law School on February 27
Women trafficked into the sex industry are particularly vulnerable to abuse and face the added threat of criminal prosecution for acts they were forced to commit. Resulting criminal convictions can continue to haunt trafficking survivors, preventing them from rebuilding their lives. A novel New York law passed in 2010 helps remedy this harm by allowing survivors to vacate these convictions.
CUNY Law School’s new report Clearing the Slate: Seeking Effective Remedies for Criminalized Trafficking Victims, from the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, looks at the problem of criminalization of trafficking victims and New York’s experience with the vacatur law in order to identify best practices for New York and other states.
This event will examine the factors that lead to criminalization of trafficking victims, identify the successes and challenges of implementing the law, and discuss other reforms to help trafficking survivors.
New York State Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, sponsor of the vacatur law, will give introductory remarks.
- The Honorable Toko Serita (’89), presiding judge, Queens County Human Trafficking Intervention Court
- Sienna Baskin (’07), co-director of the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center
- Kate Mogulescu, supervising attorney at the Trafficking Victims Advocacy Project at the Legal Aid Society
- John Temple, attorney-in-charge at the Human Trafficking Program at the New York County District Attorney’s Office
Fordham Law School’s Law Students Against Trafficking will have a Labor Trafficking Panel on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:30 pm to provide “an informative look into labor trafficking – the slavery that produces the goods and provides the services we use.” Speakers will include:
- Leah Obias, Damayan Migrant Workers Association
- Ivy O. Suriyopas, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
- Suzanne Tomatore, Immigrant Women & Children Project at the City Bar Justice Center