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Women’s Rights in Sustainable Development: The New Legal Frontiers

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.


New Report Highlights Impact of Legal Services on Human Trafficking Survivors

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.

The report may be viewed here.


Human Trafficking and Racial Justice

New York Anti-Trafficking Network’s own Juhu Thukral has a new piece in the Huffington Post on Human Trafficking and Racial Justice in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“Consistent waves of media cover the issue of human trafficking, and it’s attained a fairly mainstream level of attention. So much so that January is now known as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, or as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. More people are learning about trafficking and understand it involves people in vulnerable situations experiencing coercion in their work. At its most basic, trafficking is about people living and working in a climate of fear, not free to leave exploitative and dangerous working conditions”. To read more, please go here.

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To Live Freely in This World: Sex Worker Activism in Africa

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.

Sponsored by

Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center

Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School

Books available at the event, or purchase here.


For more information, go 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.

Upcoming Panel on Homeless & Street-involved Youth: Intersections with Human Trafficking

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 6:00-8:00pm
New York City Bar Association

Join an expert panel of service providers, policy advocates, and researchers to learn more about homeless and street-involved youth in New York City. There will be a rich discussion of issues that these youth face, including experiencing or being at risk for human trafficking, exploitation, survival sex, interacting with the criminal justice system and issues particular to LGBT or immigrant youth. Panelists will also draw from the research presented in the recently-released report by the “Urban Institute, Locked In: Interactions with the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Systems for LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Who Engage in Survival Sex”. Policy recommendations will be explored as well as areas where attorneys and other service providers working with vulnerable youth can be more effective in using a rights-based approach.

Speakers: Laura Berger Staff Attorney at the Immigrant Women & Children Project at the City Bar Justice Center
Brendan Conner Staff Attorney at Streetwise & Safe
Kate D’Adamo National Policy Advocate, Sex Workers’ Project
Meredith Dank Senior Research Associate, The Urban Institute

Moderated By: Suzanne Tomatore Director of the Immigrant Women & Children Project at the City Bar Justice Center

This discussion is free; however, space is limited. Please RSVP by October 23, 2015.

Co-sponsored by: Sex & Law Committee, LGBT Rights Committee, Council on Children, LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL) and the New York Anti-Trafficking Network

NYC Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

UN Session on the Commission on the Status of Women: Current Challenges in Combating Human Trafficking

Updated 3.16.15

NYATN will present parallel event, “Current Challenges in Combating Human Trafficking 20 Years After the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action,” at the United Nations 59th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women. Twenty years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, human trafficking continues to be pervasive around the world. Women and girls, in particular, are vulnerable to human trafficking in a variety of sectors, and they experience coercion, abuse, and a climate of fear in their work. This panel will feature discussion by anti-trafficking experts as they examine the challenges in implementation of human rights-based, long-term actions by governments, NGOs, and other stakeholders. Particular attention will be paid to current anti-trafficking strategies in the U.S., including around prostitution and commercial sex, from a human rights perspective. Speakers:

  • MARY CAPARAS, New York Asian Women’s Center
  • KATE MOGULESCU, Legal Aid Society
  • KATE SHEILL, Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women
  • IVY SURIYOPAS, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

March 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, 8th Fl., Boss Room Space is limited.  Please RSVP to register. Cosponsors with NYATN include: Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, City Bar Justice Center, Legal Aid Society, New York Asian Women’s Center, The Seltzer Firm, and Sex Workers Project at Urban Justice Center Previous CSW Parallel Events include:

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