Posts Tagged ‘ACLU’

NYATN to speak on Human Trafficking Panel: Spotlight on Forced Labor


Ivy Suriyopas, Chandra Bhatnagar, Sam McCahon, Luna Ranjit, & Suhanna Gurung

with Chandra Bhatnagar, Sam McCahon, Luna Ranjit, & Suhanna Gurung

On October 29 at 6:30, NYATN member Ivy Suriyopas will speak on SABANY’s event, Human Trafficking Panel: Spotlight on Forced Labor.  Panelists will discuss domestic labor trafficking from the perspectives of corporations, lawyers, and communities.  RSVP here.


NYATN Member Florrie Burke in the May/June 2012 Issue of Mother Jones

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….

Court Prohibits Religious Restrictions on Government-Funded Human Trafficking Victims’ Program

NYATN members, including Florrie Burke, have worked tirelessly on the issue of how government funding policies adversely impact the reproductive health of victims and survivors of human trafficking, including supporting the ACLU’s efforts in its case, ACLU of Massachusetts v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al.  This month, a federal judge ruled that the government cannot impose religious restrictions on reproductive health services for victims of human trafficking.  “The court is right to insist that organizations receiving government funding cannot use their religion as an excuse to discriminate and withhold crucial services from victims of human trafficking,” said Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project.  Read more….

Florrie Burke’s Letter to the Washington Post

Florrie Burke submitted a letter to the editors of The Washington Post.  An excerpt:

“It forbade the nongovernmental member organizations of the Freedom Network USA and other groups from using funds to refer survivors for contraceptives or abortion services, and the federal government allowed this denial of services to continue for years. This meant that we could not help the many survivors who pleaded with us to help them get contraceptive aid. “

“Ending the Exploitation and Abuse of Domestic Workers”

Update: Highlight Video, Video #1, Video #2, Video #3, Video #4, Video #5, Video #6, Video #7, and Video #8

Ending the Exploitation and Abuse of Domestic Workers,” as part of the UN Commission on the Status of Women’s 54th Session on March 11, 2010 from 6 to 7:30 pm at UN Church Center at 777 UN Plaza, 10th Floor (corner of 44th St. and 1st Ave.) in New York.  Click Revaluing “Women’s Work” for additional information.  Speakers include:

  • NAHAR ALAM, Andolan: Organizing South Asian Workers
  • RAZIAH BEGUM, Domestic Worker and Member of Andolan
  • PRISCILLA GONZALEZ, Domestic Workers United
  • ALLISON JULIEN, Domestic Worker and Member of DWU Steering Committee
  • LINDA OALICAN, Domestic Worker, Community Organizer for DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association and Representative for the National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • IVY SURIYOPAS, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Moderated by ARACELI MARTINEZ-OLGUIN, Staff Attorney at the ACLU Women’s Rights Project
    will introduce the film and be available for questions

Swarna v. Al-Awadi Amicus Brief

NYATN Supports an Abused Domestic Worker in her Suit Against a Former Diplomat

The New York Anti-Trafficking Network signed on to an Amicus Brief with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, ACLU Foundation Women’s Rights Project, and 10 others in support of Ms. Vishranthamma Swarna in her law suit, Swarna v. Al-Awadi et al., in February 2010.  Ms. Swarna was the former domestic worker of Badar Al-Awadi, a Kuwaiti diplomat, and his wife; her claims include charges of abuse and employment violations against the couple as well as the state of Kuwait.

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