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Report: Understanding the Organization, Operation, and Victimization Process of Labor Trafficking in the United States

A new report by the Urban Institute, “Understanding the Organization, Operation, and Victimization Process of Labor Trafficking in the United States,”  was just released and is only the third government-funded study on the issue of human trafficking into labor.  “This study chronicles the experiences of labor trafficking victims from the point of recruitment for work, their forced labor victimization, their attempts to escape and get help, and their efforts to seek justice through civil or criminal cases. The report finds that legal loopholes and lax enforcement enable labor traffickers to commit crimes against workers in major US industries: agriculture, domestic work, hotels, restaurants, and construction.”  Articles have shared highlights of the report, such as, “How the Crime of Labor Trafficking Helps Cities Run” and “Slave Labor in America Today,”  Read more….

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World Cup, Forced Labor and Trafficking: Learn More and Make a Difference

NYATN steering member Juhu Thukral’s Huffington Post piece, World Cup, Forced Labor and Trafficking: Learn More and Make a Difference, addresses “ways to improve human rights for all workers as we take in the thrill and excitement of events like the World Cup and Olympics.”  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 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 Members Help Organize Training Institute on Human Trafficking

NYATN members Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant and Women Children Project, and Safe Horizon helped to organize the upcoming Training Institute on Human Trafficking Prevention: Health and Human Service Concerns for At-Risk Women and Youth.  The meeting will take place on October 17 – 18, 2012 at 8:00am – 4:30pm, at the Jacob Javitz Federal Building, 26 Federal Plaza, 6th Floor Conference Center, New York, NY 10278.  The second day of the training will feature the curriculum from the Freedom Network Training Institute.  The deadline to register is October 3, 2012.  This training is free, but space is limited.  Register here.

NYATN Member Sienna Baskin in the News

NYATN member Sienna Baskin, co-director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, was quoted in an The Christian Science Monitor‘s cover story on “Human Trafficking: A Misunderstood Global Scourge.”  The article says in part:

“‘To throw the net and label all prostitution as trafficking is too broad,’ says Sienna Baskin, codirector of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, a group that provides services to commercial sex workers – those who have been trafficked as well as those who say they were not manipulated into prostitution. ‘It doesn’t recognize that people have a really wide array of experiences in commercial sex; it also means that you’re trying to put the same solution on a bunch of different problems.'” Read the article here.

NYATN Steering Member and AALDEF Staff Attorney Ivy Suriyopas in the News

Boston.com’s piece, “RI worker wins lawsuit against UAE officer,” addresses the default victory in Ballesteros v. Al-Ali, the civil suit that followed the criminal action, U.S. v. Al-Ali, of a domestic worker over her former employer, an Emirati colonel and former student in Rhode Island’s U.S. Naval War College.  The article quotes NYATN Steering Member and Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund staff attorney Suriyopas in part: “She is able to use the system to highlight egregious abuses and violations of her human rights in open court. That is an opportunity that is denied to many other workers who are similarly situated.”  Read more here.

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