NYATN Steering Committee member Suzanne Tomatore will be speaking on a panel entitled “Women’s Rights in Sustainable Development: The New Legal Frontiers” which will take place during the second week of the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW60). The event is free and no pass is necessary. Speakers include Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, Prof. Cynthia Soohoo, Director, Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic, CUNY School of Law, HE Mrs. Toyin Saraki, Founder and Director, The Wellbeing Foundation of Africa, Deborah Enix-Ross, Chair, Business and Human Rights Project of the ABA Center for Human Rights, and Suzanne Tomatore, Director, Immigrant Women & Children Project, City Bar Justice Center. The panel will take place on March 24, 2016 from 8:30 AM-10:00 AM at the Church Center for the United Nations, 2nd fl., 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017.
The event is sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of International Law, Section of International Law Women’s Interest Network, Section of International Law NGO & Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee and Transnational Legal Practice Committee.
Update: This event will be livestreamed.
NYATN member Sienna Baskin will be speaking on a panel, “Clearing the Slate: Seeking Effective Remedies for Criminalized Trafficking Victims,” at CUNY Law School on February 27
Women trafficked into the sex industry are particularly vulnerable to abuse and face the added threat of criminal prosecution for acts they were forced to commit. Resulting criminal convictions can continue to haunt trafficking survivors, preventing them from rebuilding their lives. A novel New York law passed in 2010 helps remedy this harm by allowing survivors to vacate these convictions.
CUNY Law School’s new report Clearing the Slate: Seeking Effective Remedies for Criminalized Trafficking Victims, from the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, looks at the problem of criminalization of trafficking victims and New York’s experience with the vacatur law in order to identify best practices for New York and other states.
This event will examine the factors that lead to criminalization of trafficking victims, identify the successes and challenges of implementing the law, and discuss other reforms to help trafficking survivors.
New York State Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, sponsor of the vacatur law, will give introductory remarks.
- The Honorable Toko Serita (’89), presiding judge, Queens County Human Trafficking Intervention Court
- Sienna Baskin (’07), co-director of the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center
- Kate Mogulescu, supervising attorney at the Trafficking Victims Advocacy Project at the Legal Aid Society
- John Temple, attorney-in-charge at the Human Trafficking Program at the New York County District Attorney’s Office