Report: Understanding the Organization, Operation, and Victimization Process of Labor Trafficking in the United States
A new report by the Urban Institute, “Understanding the Organization, Operation, and Victimization Process of Labor Trafficking in the United States,” was just released and is only the third government-funded study on the issue of human trafficking into labor. “This study chronicles the experiences of labor trafficking victims from the point of recruitment for work, their forced labor victimization, their attempts to escape and get help, and their efforts to seek justice through civil or criminal cases. The report finds that legal loopholes and lax enforcement enable labor traffickers to commit crimes against workers in major US industries: agriculture, domestic work, hotels, restaurants, and construction.” Articles have shared highlights of the report, such as, “How the Crime of Labor Trafficking Helps Cities Run” and “Slave Labor in America Today,” Read more….
NYATN members participated in the Freedom Network (USA)’s inaugural Member Report. NYATN members include the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women and Children Project, Florrie Burke, Safe Horizon, and Urban Justice Center’s Sex Workers Project. Among the primary findings is that of the more than 2000 trafficking survivors served, 73 percent were trafficked for labor throughout the United States. Read more….
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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.
- Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Looking Forward to Prevention and Solutions, An Introduction — By Juhu Thukral
- Confiscating Condoms from Sex Workers and Trafficking Victims – a Dangerous Policy* — By Sienna Baskin
- Human Trafficking and Corporate Supply Chains* — By Ivy O. Suriyopas
- Individual Experiences of Trafficking Provide Crucial Information for Prevention –By Melissa Ditmore and Suzanne B. Seltzer
- Undocumented Immigrants Overlooked in Anti Human Trafficking Efforts* – By Kavitha Sreeharsha
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For the fifth consecutive year, NYATN will present an NGO Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Forum Parallel Event in March in honor of Women’s History Month. Last year, we presented on “Women’s Economic Opportunity: A Solution for Trafficking in Persons.” Our event will take place on March 7th at 8:30 am in New York (note time change). Additional details to be announced.
NYATN members Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant and Women Children Project, and Safe Horizon helped to organize the upcoming Training Institute on Human Trafficking Prevention: Health and Human Service Concerns for At-Risk Women and Youth. The meeting will take place on October 17 – 18, 2012 at 8:00am – 4:30pm, at the Jacob Javitz Federal Building, 26 Federal Plaza, 6th Floor Conference Center, New York, NY 10278. The second day of the training will feature the curriculum from the Freedom Network Training Institute. The deadline to register is October 3, 2012. This training is free, but space is limited. Register here.
UJC’s Sex Workers Project Releases New Report on Human Trafficking Pipeline from Mexico to New York City
Today, NYATN member Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center announces its release of its new report “The Road North: The Role of Gender, Poverty and Violence in Trafficking from Mexico to the U.S.” The report “identifies root causes of this trafficking pipeline, alongside first-‐hand accounts.” It makes specific policy recommendations for both the Mexican and U.S. governments and makes recommendations for non-governmental organizations with an eye towards trafficking prevention. Click here for more information. Also available in Spanish.
New York Anti-Trafficking Network steering committee member Florrie Burke discusses the adverse impact to human trafficking survivors when the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) denied service providers the ability to provide, and refer them for, reproductive health services (such as contraception, abortion, and other gynecological services) in “Sex and the Vatican City, ” an article by Stephanie Mencimer in the May/June 2012 issue of Mother Jones available on newsstands now. Ms. Burke also testified before Congress on this vital issue. Read more….