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5th Annual NYATN Commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

The New York Anti-Trafficking Network has written in commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month for the fifth consecutive year.

Previous NYATN contributions include the following:


Crystal DeBoise’s “Human Trafficking and Sex Work: Foundational Social Work Principles”

NYATN member Crystal DeBoise, co-director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, wrote an article on Human Trafficking and Sex Work: Foundational Social Work Principles for Meredians: feminism, race, transnationalism.  Ms. DeBoise’s writes in part: “We have also found that [foundational social-work] values are often not applied to those who have been involved in sex work and human trafficking, most likely because of the emotionally triggering subject matter and the ubiquitous stigma of being involved in the sex industry. However, using the foundational principles of modern social work is required if our work with survivors of human trafficking and sex workers is to be effective and empowering.”  Read more….

Successful Workers’ Rights Dialogue and Discussion

Denise Brennan's Life Interrupted Workers' Rights Dialogue with Florrie Burke, Crystal DeBoise, and Leah Obias

Denise Brennan’s Life Interrupted Workers’ Rights Dialogue with Florrie Burke, Crystal DeBoise, and Leah Obias

Congratulations on the successful Workers’ Rights Dialogue and Discussion of Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States at Bluestockings Book Store last week.  Florrie Burke, Chair Emeritus of the Freedom Network (USA) facilitated the discussion with Damayan Migrant Workers Association’s Leah Obias, NYATN steering member and Sex Workers Project Co-Director Crystal DeBoise, and author Denise Brennan.  Royalties from Life Interrupted will be donated to a fund for trafficking survivors through the Freedom Network (USA).

NYATN to Speak at Conference on Human Trafficking at SUNY Downstate School of Public Health

NYATN members Crystal DeBoise, Co-Director of the Sex Workers Project, and Song Kim, Kirkland & Ellis Fellow of AALDEF‘s Anti-Trafficking Initiative, will be speaking at the “Hidden in Plain Sight: Sex Trafficking in NYC” Campus-Community Conference at SUNY Downstate School of Public Health on Saturday, December 7.  Learn how to recognize the signs of human trafficking and engage in discussions on prevention and mitigation.

NYATN Hosts Convening to Discuss Common Sense Solutions

New York Anti-Trafficking NetworkNew York Anti-Trafficking Network

New York Anti-Trafficking NetworkOn November 7th, NYATN hosted a convening on trafficking, focused on human rights approaches, long-term prevention, and common sense solutions in anti-trafficking campaigns.  The group included leaders, advocates, academics, and journalists in the anti-trafficking, anti-domestic violence, civil liberties, workers’ rights, sex workers’ rights, women’s rights, and human rights fields.  The group developed new ideas on solutions and narratives to apply in anti-trafficking work.

NYATN Members Comments on Trafficking in Persons Report

In The Global Times‘s piece, “Despite good marks, human trafficking remains a problem in US,” NYATN steering committee member Crystal DeBoise, Sex Workers Project co-director, is quoted about how criminalizing sex work impacts trafficked persons.  The article says in part:

“Crystal DeBoise, co-director of the Sex Workers Project, said criminalizing sex work, which is punishable by incarceration in the US, spurs it to go underground, and argued that the more secret the location, the less access health workers and others will be able to help potential trafficking victims.”  Read more….

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) also issued a press release in response to the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report.  NYATN steering committee member Ivy Suriyopas, AALDEF staff attorney, stated, “Continued Presence and temporary visas are among our best tools in assisting trafficking survivors, and the consistently low numbers show that we are not making full use of them in our fight against trafficking.”  Read more….

Crystal DeBoise Spoke on Harvard Panel – “Women, Sex Work, and Trafficking”

Crystal DeBoise on "Women, Sex Work, and Trafficking" panel

Crystal DeBoise, Siddharth Kara, Leah Foley, Kate Nace Day, and Julie Dahlstrom

On February 9th, 2012, NYATN Steering Committee member Crystal DeBoise of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center presented on a distinguished panel titled, “Women, Sex Work, and Trafficking.”  The event was coordinated by the Harvard Women’s Law Association at the Harvard School of Law and The American Constitutional Society.  Along with panelists Siddharth Kara, Leah Foley, Kate Nace Day, and Julie Dahlstrom, DeBoise discussed global and local human trafficking and its relationship to sex work.  DeBoise added the harm reduction and human rights perspective to the panel asserting that all sex work is not trafficking and sex work is a very broad term that encompasses a wide variety of experiences while providing concrete examples of how to effectively fight human trafficking in New York City.

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