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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.

 

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NYATN Testifies About Human Trafficking and Domestic Workers for NYC Council

NYATN members from Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, City Bar Justice Center, New York Asian Women’s Center, and Sex Workers Project at Urban Justice Center testified for the New York City Council on Friday, February 27, 2015 on, “Labor Trafficking in the Domestic Worker Industry – Resources for Victims in New York City (video).”

NYATN member Sex Workers Project's Crystal DeBoise (center) testifies alongside Legal Aid's Hollis Pfitsch and Catholic Migration Services's Alice Davis

NYATN member Sex Workers Project’s Crystal DeBoise (center) testifies alongside Legal Aid’s Hollis Pfitsch and Catholic Migration Services’s Alice Davis

View text of testimony of Ivy O. Suriyopas, NYATN steering member.  Suzanne Tomatore, a founder of NYATN and steering member, also provided testimony.  View full video testimony.

Panel on “Children Migrating Alone and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act”

Update: Register for this event!  See “Children Should Not Have to Choose between Being Trafficked or Extreme Violence” or “The Freedom Network’s Response to the Current Influx of Unaccompanied Children to the U.S.-Mexico Border

NYATN, Committee on Immigration & Nationality Law, Council on Children, and the City Bar Justice Center are co-sponsoring “Children Migrating Alone and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act,” a panel on Wednesday, October 29 at 6 pm.  This will be a panel discussion on the intersections of unaccompanied youth and human trafficking.  Space is limited, so kindly RSVP by October 24, 2014 to lberger@nycbar.org with your name and organization.

Panel: “Children Migrating Alone & The Trafficking Victims Protection Act”

In light of the recent influx of unaccompanied children arriving at our southern border, the City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women and Children Project will host a panel discussion on the intersections of unaccompanied youth and human trafficking. While some have looked to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act as a source of the recent surge in the migration of children, others counter that the law is in place to enhance their protection. The panelists will discuss their work with unaccompanied youth and victims of human trafficking, best practices for screening, and recent developments.  NYATN steering member Suzanne Tomatore will moderate.  Read more….

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

6-9 pm

Please sign in to register at www.nycbar.org

NYATN’s Suzanne Tomatore quoted in “Labor Trafficking Persists Amid Outrage Over Sex Trade”

NYATN steering member Suzanne Tomatore is quoted in City Limits’Labor Trafficking Persists Amid Outrage Over Sex Trade.”  Tomatore says, in part: “[Human trafficking survivors] have a sense that a crime was committed against them and that they’ve been deceived, manipulated and abused. They come to us for other reasons such as domestic violence or they’re trying to get help with immigration status. In talking to them, we identify initial trafficking to the United States. Sometimes our claimants have been in the United States for many years and were trafficked later.”  A report from Tomatore’s agency, the City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women and Children Project, shows: “Out of the 150 human trafficking cases, 54.6 percent involved labor trafficking and 45.3 percent involved sex trafficking. Domestic work was the most frequently reported form of labor trafficking, representing nearly 80 percent of the cases.”  Read more….

NYATN Members Participate in Freedom Network (USA)’s Inaugural Member Report

NYATN members participated in the Freedom Network (USA)’s inaugural Member Report.  NYATN members include the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women and Children Project, Florrie Burke, Safe Horizon, and Urban Justice Center’s Sex Workers Project.  Among the primary findings is that of the more than 2000 trafficking survivors served, 73 percent were trafficked for labor throughout the United States.  Read more….

Labor Trafficking Panel at Fordham Law School

Fordham Law School’s Law Students Against Trafficking will have a Labor Trafficking Panel on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:30 pm to provide “an informative look into labor trafficking – the slavery that produces the goods and provides the services we use.”  Speakers will include:

  • Leah Obias, Damayan Migrant Workers Association
  • Ivy O. Suriyopas, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Suzanne Tomatore, Immigrant Women & Children Project at the City Bar Justice Center
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