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NYATN steering member Ivy Suriyopas to speak on panels for Asian American conferences

NYATN steering member Ivy O. Suriyopas will speak on a panel, “The Civil Rights Movement: APAs Moving Forward,” for the Asian American Bar Association of New York’s 5th Annual Fall Conference on Saturday, September 20, 2014.  Among other things, using labor trafficking as a lens, the panel will end with a discussion of the connections between the contemporary issues of civil, social, and economic rights and the traditional Civil Rights movement.  CLE credits are available.  Read more….

Suriyopas will also speak on a panel, “The Changing Face of Human Trafficking,” for the 2014 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Annual Convention on November 7, 2014 in Arizona.  Register here….


NYATN Member Ivy Suriyopas will speak at Rutgers Law School Symposium on “Global Is Local: Human Trafficking in Our Own Backyard”

The Human Trafficking Prevention and Prosecution Project presents the symposium Global Is Local: Human Trafficking in Our Own Backyard. Panel topics include Sex Trafficking, Compulsory Labor, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Featured speakers include Wendi Adelson, Center for the Advancement of Human Rights at Florida State University and author of This Is Our Story. The Human Trafficking Project is a joint venture of Rutgers School of Law–Newark and Seton Hall Law School, with the generous support of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. The symposium will be on Friday, September 28, 8:30 am – 4:30 pmFull program and registration details.
Update: See some of the news coverage here and here.

NYATN Steering Member and AALDEF Staff Attorney Ivy Suriyopas in the News’s piece, “RI worker wins lawsuit against UAE officer,” addresses the default victory in Ballesteros v. Al-Ali, the civil suit that followed the criminal action, U.S. v. Al-Ali, of a domestic worker over her former employer, an Emirati colonel and former student in Rhode Island’s U.S. Naval War College.  The article quotes NYATN Steering Member and Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund staff attorney Suriyopas in part: “She is able to use the system to highlight egregious abuses and violations of her human rights in open court. That is an opportunity that is denied to many other workers who are similarly situated.”  Read more here.

The Atlantic Monthly prints NYATN steering committee member/AALDEF attorney’s comment

NYATN steering committee member Ivy Suriyopas, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund staff attorney, commented “An Economist Gets a Lunch” in response to The Atlantic Monthly‘s piece, “Six Rules for Dining Out.”  The comment says in part:

“Economic exploitation and human trafficking are not hard to find in low-wage industries where there is a high demand for cheap products and services, but instead are widespread and systemic, particularly in the restaurant industry.”  Read more….

NYATN Testifies at NYC Council Hearing

Suzanne Tomatore

Suzanne Tomatore Testifies at the NYC Council Hearing on "Combating Sex Trafficking in New York City"

City Bar Justice Center‘s Suzanne Tomatore, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund‘s Ivy Suriyopas, and the Sex Workers Project‘s Melissa Broudo testified before members of the Committee on Women’s Issues and Committee on Public Safety on October 19, 2011.  The hearing was on “Combating Sex Trafficking in New York City: Examining Law Enforcement Efforts – Prevention and Prosecution.”  It included a report from Human Services & Governmental Affairs Divisions and testimony from the NYPD, district attorneys from Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, legal and social service providers, and advocates.

Freedom Week Labor Trafficking Panel

Labor Trafficking Panel

Safe Horizon's Tauno Bilstead and AALDEF's Ivy Suriyopas

Labor Trafficking Panel

NYATN Labor Trafficking Panel

Freedom Week invited NYATN to host a Labor Trafficking panel, featuring DAMAYAN, Safe Horizon, and AALDEF.

Labor Trafficking Panel with ACT and NY Anti-Trafficking Network 
Sunday, October 16
5-7 pm (note: time change)
Room 802, NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

NYATN will host a panel during Freedom Week.  Join us for a deep, informative look into labor trafficking – the slavery that makes the goods you use. Featured speakers include Linda Oalican, a former labor trafficking victim and now the founder of Damayan Migrant Workers Association; Ivy Suriyopas, an attorney at the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Tauno Bilstead from Safe Horizon; and Lydia Catina, a trafficking victims’ aid worker. Free.

Click here for details on last year’s Freedom Week, and click here for details on this year’s event.

NYATN’s First Freedom Week 2011 Panel a Success

Immigration Law and Human Trafficking

AALDEF's Ivy Suriyopas, Klasko's Suzanne Seltzer, and Sex Workers Project Sienna Baskin

AALDEF's Ivy Suriyopas, Klasko Rulon's Suzanne Seltzer, facilitator Christine DiDomenico, Sanctuary for Families' Lori Cohen, and Sex Workers Project's Sienna Baskin

Tuesday, October 11
Vanderbilt Hall

Freedom Week Immigration Panel Flier

Human trafficking isn’t the same as illegal smuggling. This event was hosted by the NYU Law School’s Anti-Trafficking Advocacy Coalition. Along with the fundamental differences between these two crimes, experts in immigration will explained how traffickers get around the laws we have, and what we can do about it. Speakers included: Lori Cohen, senior staff attorney at Sanctuary for Families; Ivy Suriyopas, staff attorney at Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Suzanne Seltzer, partner at Klasko, Rulon, Stack & Seltzer; Sienna Baskin, co-director of Sex Workers Project at Urban Justice Center. 

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