The report may be viewed here.
The City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women & Children Project (IWC) has released a report examining how legal services have helped clients change their lives. For the report, the IWC interviewed a sample of 50 current and former IWC clients, all of whom are survivors of trafficking.
The report affirms that receiving legal services is key to helping survivors of trafficking pursue their dreams of education, gainful employment, and family reunification where possible. The report outlines the types of legal services provided, current immigration status, and the number of clients that pursued education after receiving IWC’s assistance, among other data.
IWC assists low-income survivors of violent crimes, including intimate-partner violence, trafficking, sexual assault, child abuse, and hate crimes. IWC represents adults and children in immigration matters with the goal of promoting better access to safety, stability, and self-sufficiency.
Sienna Baskin, Managing Director of the Sex Workers Project and NYATN steering committee member, was on So Popular with Janet Mock on MSNBC on January 8, 2016. The topic was sex workers’ rights and decriminalization. They discussed sex worker rights and how they are portrayed in the media and in pop culture. She was joined by Verónica Bayetti Flores, and journalist Melissa Gira Grant. You can check it out here.
NYATN signed on to support Amnesty International as it moved to adopt a policy supporting decriminalization of sex work, which is a crucial element of fighting trafficking into the sex sector. Juhu Thukral of our Steering Committee on why this all was so important. Read more here.
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….
NYATN steering member Juhu Thukral was on a segment on Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio on February 9th, “Modern-Day Slavery? Sex, Trafficking and Immigration.” Undocumented immigrants are highly vulnerable to becoming trafficked due to a lack of legal status and protections, limited language skills and employment options and poverty. As a result, they often become dependent on traffickers for employment or support while living in a foreign country. Listen here….
NYATN members Avaloy Lanning and Dana Sussman at Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program joined Martina Vandenberg on CNN’s ac360 on a segment called, “Uproar Surrounds Indian Diplomat’s Arrest.” They describe how the case, United States v. Khobragade, is more than merely a labor dispute. This case is one of many cases involving allegations of domestic worker complaints against their diplomat and consular employers. See also the U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s statement about the case, United States v. Khobragade.
Updates: Safe Horizon’s Dana Sussman also appeared on Good Morning America this morning on a segment called, “India Demands that U.S. Drop Case Against Diplomat.” She stated in part that the domestic worker “worked more or less around the clock.” See more.
The New York Times did a piece, “Fury in India over Diplomat’s Arrest in New York,” and quoted Sussman as saying, “My client is frustrated with how the media has portrayed this story and the response from the Indian government.” Read more.
She interviewed with CBS News in a piece, “Kerry Expresses Regret over Strip Search of Arrested Indian Diplomat.” Sussman says: “The victim in this case is not a criminal defendant but the person who was denied her wages and underpaid for her work.” Read more. And Sussman also appeared on CBS This Morning on December 20th in a segment called, “Protests in India Grow over U.S. Treatment of Diplomat,” saying that the domestic worker “left with essentially the clothes on her back.” See more.
Sussman told the AP, as reported in the Washington Post piece, “Worker Abuse by Diplomats a Problem, Advocates Say,” of the prevalence of exploitation and abuse of domestic workers by diplomats. She says, “We’ve seen it across the board, we’ve seen with country missions to the U.N., we’ve seen it with consular officials, diplomats of all levels.” Read more.
Sussman, Vandenberg, and Ivy Suriyopas reported on the frequency of exploitation of domestic workers in diplomat and consular households in the New York Times‘s piece, “Claim Against Indian Diplomat Has Echoes of Previous Cases.” Vandenberg says, ““These cases are the tip of the iceberg.” Read more.
NYATN member Avaloy Lanning was quoted in The American Prospect‘s “The Hidden Indentured Class.” The article states, in part: “[T]he disproportionate focus on sex trafficking detracts resources from labor-trafficking victims—and takes a direct emotional toll, as well. ‘If you have someone who is being trafficked, and they hear or see a story about human trafficking and all that story talks about is sex,’ says Avaloy Lanning, anti-trafficking program director at the New York-based nonprofit Safe Horizon.” The piece goes on to state: “Avaloy Lanning of Safe Horizon says that’s the common denominator for all trafficking victims, whether they were doing sex work or housekeeping: being wholly controlled by another person is the most difficult part.” Read more….