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New York Law School’s Innovations in the Fight Against Human Trafficking: Advocates’ Perspectives and Proposals Symposium

Update: Videos of each of the panels are available here!

NYATN members Ivy O. Suriyopas, Juhu Thukral, and Florrie Burke will speak at New York Law School’s Innovations in the Fight Against Human Trafficking: Advocates’ Perspectives and Proposals symposium on Friday, October 10, 2014.  This event “will address human trafficking in its broadest meaning, as a form of exploitation growing from economic inequalities and both domestic and global migration to seek better work and a better life which has special risks for women and children.”  Mark your calendars and register today!


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….

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 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 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

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Florrie Burke’s Op-Ed: Forced Into Prostitution — and Denied a Lifeline

NYATN member Florrie Burke’s op-ed, “Forced Into Prostitution — and Denied a Lifeline,” about S1379/A2736, the No Condoms As Evidence bill, appeared in today’s Huffington Post.  She says, in part, “This bill should prohibit prosecutors from using possession of condoms as evidence to support prostitution-related charges, including trafficking.”  She adds, “In reality, a condom may be the one protection a victim of trafficking has from a trafficker’s assault on her or his human rights, autonomy, and body.”  Read more.

NYATN Member Florrie Burke Receives Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons

Presidential Awardees for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons

Ms. Florrie Burke, a Presidential Awardee for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons

Florrie Burke's Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in PersonsFlorrie Burke's Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in PersonsUpdate: See the transcript and video of the medal ceremony, starting at the 7:00 mark.

Bringing together leaders from government, the private sector, advocates, survivors, faith leaders, law enforcement and academics, the White House Forum on Human Trafficking was held on April 9th.  Valerie Jarrett, Advisor to the President, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary Janet Napolitano, and Secretary of State John Kerry (video) gave remarks that outlined the efforts of the Obama administration has made, including the developments since President Obama outlined specific commitments at the Clinton Global Initiative in September. At that meeting, President Obama said, “Our fight against human trafficking is one of the great human rights causes of our time, and the United States will continue to lead it-in partnership with you.”  The President called on everyone to increase his or her efforts to end the scourge of modern slavery.  In particular, he directed his Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons to look at new and strengthened initiatives.  The White House Forum described many of these including the release of the first-ever federal strategic action plan, increased innovations in technology, new partnerships with business and recommendations from the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  As Attorney General Holder said, “Over the next five years, the strategic action plan will enable us to reinforce our relationships with nongovernmental allies-and build public-private partnerships. It will lead us to develop innovative new strategies for identifying, assisting and seeking justice on behalf of those trapped in some form of slavery, bonded labor or forced prostitution.”

The strategic plan will increase support for legal and service providers.  This is key, as we in the NGO world know that supporting survivors is paramount as long as this crime continues.  Technology, the criminal justice system, and supply chain issues are all important as means of preventing, prosecuting and ending human trafficking, but cannot exist in a vacuum and must have survivors and their rights at the center.

A highlight of the Forum was the presentation of the first Presidential Awards for extraordinary efforts to combat trafficking in persons.  Two awards were presented by Cecilia Munoz, Director of the White House Policy Council and Ambassador Luis CdeBaca of the Office to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking of the Department of State.  The first award was presented to Florrie Burke, Chair Emeritus of Freedom Network and New York Anti-Trafficking Network member “for her sustained dedication and unparalleled leadership in combating modern slavery through the development and delivery of comprehensive services, the empowerment of survivors to move from slavery to independence, and the transformation of policy to eradicate all forms of human trafficking.”  The second was presented to Carlson Company “for its demonstrated commitment and corporate leadership in combating modern slavery through the adoption and promotion of business practices that seek to protect victims of human trafficking, and the development of proactive measures to train employees and encourage its partners and the broader business community to take a stand against human trafficking.”  Secretary of State, John Kerry, said of the award, “With this Presidential Award, we honor those who have played an extraordinary role in advancing our common cause.  They have been pioneers in this effort-from developing the 3P approach of prevention, protection, and prosecution in the earliest days of the movement, to championing innovations in corporate social responsibility that will help carry this work forward for years to come.  This award pays tribute to their leadership and commitment.”

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