The New York Anti-Trafficking Network has written in commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month for the fifth consecutive year.
- Everyday Actions That Help Fight Human Trafficking – By Ivy O. Suriyopas
- Five Things We Should Do Better for Survivors of Human Trafficking – By Crystal DeBoise
Previous NYATN contributions include the following:
NYATN is proud to share this infographic on “5 Things You Can Do to Fight Human Trafficking,” which is a companion piece to “Five Things You Can Do to Fight Trafficking and Modern Slavery.” Plan your donations to organizations that provide direct legal and social services for trafficking survivors or investigate supply chains of the products you buy. Learn more!
The New York City Bar has released its memorandum on the New York Women’s Equality Act (A.8070), including its analysis of “Part H – Strengthening Sex Trafficking Laws.” The City Bar’s Committee on Sex and Law supports the greater emphasis on services for trafficked persons, the creation of an affirmative defense where the defendant’s participation was a result of having been a victim of sex trafficking, and the raising of the penalty for labor trafficking to a B felony. The Committee also noted that Assembly Member Joseph Lentol’s bill, A.7474, creates a private right of action for trafficked persons to seek compensation as well as a right to counsel for trafficked persons seeking to vacate convictions from their criminal records. Read more.
Read more about NYATN’s memorandum in support of A.M. Lentol’s bill, A.7474. Please consider signing on.
NYATN Members to Speak on Panel: “What Can I Do?” How One Person’s Commitment Can Combat Sex Trafficking
“This panel of highly motivated individuals who have answered the call to action by advocates and victims worldwide and have taken matters into their own hands to make a difference in this field leveraging the resources and skills they have. The panelists will discuss a variety of approaches using art, community organizing, and social networks to raise awareness and build critical mass.” Panelists include NYATN members, including Safe Horizon Anti-Trafficking Program’s Avaloy Lanning. Roadkill director Cora Bissett is also on the panel.
Grand Hall at the Kimmel Center (NYU)
June 11, 2013 at 6:30 PM
Urban Justice Center created a petition in support of New York’s “No Condoms as Evidence Bill:”
“Over 27,000 people already sent letters to the NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg asking him to tell police forces to stop considering condoms as evidence of intent to commit any crime and by making public statements declaring that no one should be afraid to practice safe sex in their city.
“Now, a bill in the state legislature would make it illegal to use condoms as evidence of intent to commit the crime of prostitution.”
Urban Justice Center’s Sex Workers Project, the New York Anti-Trafficking Network, and others have been advocating in support of the No Condoms as Evidence of Prostitution bill (S323/A1008). The bill passed the Codes Committee and is now on the floor. Show your support: Please vote YES on Assembly Bill A1008/Senate Bill S323.
Here is a list of sites dedicated to evaluating products based on variety of factors, including whether their supply chains are free from human trafficking, forced labor, child labor, sweatshop labor, or other exploitative working conditions for their workers:
- Free 2 Work, also has an app
- Ethical Consumer
- Good Guide, also has an app
- Slavery Footprint, also has an app
- Anti-Slavery International
- Workers Rights Consortium
- SweatFree Communities
- Union Label & Service Trades Department’s Do Buy! and Don’t Buy
- aVOID plugin for Chrome or Safari
- Buycott app
- CFPDX, righthand column under “Fair Trade”
- Check the U.S. Dept of Labor’s annual List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor
- List of retailers that sell clothes sourced from human working conditions
Please tweet us if you have more recommendations!