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NYATN members Lanning & Sussman and Vandenberg on CNN’s ac360 on U.S. v. Khobragade

NYATN members Avaloy Lanning and Dana Sussman at Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program joined Martina Vandenberg on CNN’s ac360 on a segment called, “Uproar Surrounds Indian Diplomat’s Arrest.”  They describe how the case, United States v. Khobragade, is more than merely a labor dispute.  This case is one of many cases involving allegations of domestic worker complaints against their diplomat and consular employers.  See also the U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s statement about the case, United States v. Khobragade.

Updates: Safe Horizon’s Dana Sussman also appeared on Good Morning America this morning on a segment called, “India Demands that U.S. Drop Case Against Diplomat.”  She stated in part that the domestic worker “worked more or less around the clock.”  See more.

The New York Times did a piece, “Fury in India over Diplomat’s Arrest in New York,” and quoted Sussman as saying, “My client is frustrated with how the media has portrayed this story and the response from the Indian government.”  Read more.

She interviewed with CBS News in a piece, “Kerry Expresses Regret over Strip Search of Arrested Indian Diplomat.”  Sussman says: “The victim in this case is not a criminal defendant but the person who was denied her wages and underpaid for her work.”  Read more.  And Sussman also appeared on CBS This Morning on December 20th in a segment called, “Protests in India Grow over U.S. Treatment of Diplomat,” saying that the domestic worker “left with essentially the clothes on her back.”  See more.

Sussman told the AP, as reported in the Washington Post piece, “Worker Abuse by Diplomats a Problem, Advocates Say,” of the prevalence of exploitation and abuse of domestic workers by diplomats.  She says, “We’ve seen it across the board, we’ve seen with country missions to the U.N., we’ve seen it with consular officials, diplomats of all levels.”  Read more.

Sussman, Vandenberg, and Ivy Suriyopas reported on the frequency of exploitation of domestic workers in diplomat and consular households in the New York Times‘s piece, “Claim Against Indian Diplomat Has Echoes of Previous Cases.”  Vandenberg says, ““These cases are the tip of the iceberg.”  Read more.


NYATN member Avaloy Lanning was quoted in The American Prospect’s “The Hidden Indentured Class”

NYATN member Avaloy Lanning was quoted in The American Prospect‘s “The Hidden Indentured Class.”  The article states, in part: “[T]he disproportionate focus on sex trafficking detracts resources from labor-trafficking victims—and takes a direct emotional toll, as well. ‘If you have someone who is being trafficked, and they hear or see a story about human trafficking and all that story talks about is sex,’ says Avaloy Lanning, anti-trafficking program director at the New York-based nonprofit Safe Horizon.”  The piece goes on to state: “Avaloy Lanning of Safe Horizon says that’s the common denominator for all trafficking victims, whether they were doing sex work or housekeeping: being wholly controlled by another person is the most difficult part.”  Read more….

NYATN will speak at the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights at the United Nations

On October 3, 2013 at 3 pm, members of NYATN will speak at the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights at the United Nations.

Unpacking the Migration/Trafficking Nexus: A Critique of Criminalization and Law-Enforcement Responses to Trafficking in Persons

At the international level and in many States, the legal response to trafficking in persons is focused on criminal justice and law enforcement, at the expense of human rights and the rights and well being of the victims of trafficking. Law enforcement tactics such as raids often frighten the people they are intended to help (by removing them from coercive situations), and often result in detention and ultimately, deportation. Increasingly, human rights defenders and activists worldwide are calling attention to anti-trafficking measures are not only not effective, they are leading to further human rights violations – of people who are trafficked and other workers and migrants who are caught up in the anti-trafficking response. It is critical that anti-trafficking measures put the needs of the people they are intended to protect first.

This session will explore analysis of the human rights impact of anti-trafficking programmes that are focused on a law-enforcement response rather than a human rights response. It will look at what we need to learn from survivors of trafficking and explore strategies by which we can support all actors in the anti-trafficking response – to stop the emphasis on “doing more” and instead focus on “doing well” and actually address the needs of trafficking survivors and others affected by anti-trafficking laws and policies, not just the hype.


  • Bandana Pattanaik, Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women-International Secretariat, Bangkok
  • Sienna Baskin, Sex Workers Project, at the Urban Justice Center, New York
  • Avaloy Lanning, Safe Horizon, New York
  • Florrie Burke, Freedom Network USA, Chair Emeritus
  • Ivy O. Suriyopas, Anti-Trafficking Initiative, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), and Co-chair, Freedom Network USA
  • Suzanne Tomatore, Immigrant Women & Children Project City Bar Justice Center, New York, and Co-chair, Freedom Network USA


Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW)


United Methodist Women

Flyer for the event….

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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.

“What Can I Do?” How One Person’s Commitment Can Combat Sex Trafficking

Grand Hall at the Kimmel Center (NYU)

June 11, 2013 at 6:30 PM

How enforcement of immigration laws could be making human trafficking tougher to detect

NYATN‘s Avaloy Lanning, senior director of Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program, and Ivy Suriyopas, director of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Anti-Trafficking Initiative, were in The U.S. News and World Report‘s “Modern Slavery Emerging from the Shadows,” by Kira Zalan.  It addresses how enforcement of immigration laws could be making human trafficking tougher to detect.

Says Lanning: “The trafficker uses [work-related visas] against [workers], [saying], if you run then you’re going to be illegal, then immigration is going to pick you up, arrest you and deport you.”

Says Suriyopas: “”Immigrant victims are not going to come forward if they fear that the NYPD or the LAPD are not going to come help them but might label them a criminal first and ask questions later.”

Read more….

NYATN to Present at United Nations 57th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women

Update: Thank you to those who attended our successful CSW57 Event!  See you next year!

Panelists Shani Jamila, Sienna Baskin, Avaloy Lanning, and Suzanne Tomatore

Panelists Shani Jamila, Sienna Baskin, Avaloy Lanning, and Suzanne Tomatore

CSW57 Panel

NYATN will present an NGO Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Forum Parallel Event, “Promoting Human Rights and Ending Trafficking in Persons,” on March 7, 2013 at 8:30 am in honor of Women’s History Month.

Trafficking in persons continues as a severe violation of human rights 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 program and policy experts as they examine the dynamics of vulnerabilities, and the promotion of human rights-based and long-term solutions to trafficking in persons.

Kindly RSVP.

Previous CSW Parallel Events include:

NYATN hosts breakfast presentation on “The Road North”

Updated: Photos of our successful event: Sienna Baskin, Trafficker Place of Origin, Experiences of Poverty, and Oscar Montiel Torres & Research in Mexico!  More photos, courtesy of Yangbo Du: Policy Recommendations for Mexico, Policy Recommendations for the United States, Recommendations for NGOs, Trauma after Trafficking, Escape from Trafficking, Personal Connection, Experiences of Poverty, Main Findings, and Survivor Place of Origin.

NYATN presents “The Road North,” recent research on trafficking from Mexico to New York City.

For generations, women have been trafficked from the Tlaxcala region in Mexico to New York City. The Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center will share their new report on this phenomenon, and researchers from Mexico will discuss new research and ideas for prevention.


  • Avaloy Lanning, Director of Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program
  • Sienna Baskin, Co-Director of Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center
  • Oscar Montiel Torres, Observatorio Contra La Trata De Personas Con Fines De Exploitacion Sexual, Mexico

This event takes place on February 28 at 10 am.  Breakfast will be served!  Please RSVP.

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