Posts Tagged ‘forced’

NYATN Case in Which Diplomat Ordered to Pay Restitution to Domestic Worker in Amount of $24,153

NYATN members provided legal representation to a former domestic worker of a diplomat who worked more than 70 hours a week but was merely paid $1,000 per month.  Republic of Mauritius ambassador Somduth Soborun was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay full restitution to the domestic worker he trafficked in the amount of $24,153.  According to the press release from the FBI, Soborun pled guilty to one count of failing to pay the minimum wage rate.  Read more here.


Save the Date! NYATN Networking Breakfast on May 15, 2012


NYATN will host a Networking Breakfast at 10 am on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at the Urban Justice Center.  This is an opportunity for anti-trafficking advocates to meet and discuss prevailing issues impacting victims and survivors of human trafficking.  Please RSVP by Friday, May 10, 2012.

Freedom Network Conference 2012 in New York

Freedom Network (USA) hosted its annual conference in New York on March 21 and 22, 2012.  The theme was “Beyond Rhetoric: Human Trafficking Work in the Field.”  Click here for more information about previous conferences.

Sienna Baskin, Lynly Egyes, John Temple, and Monica Ryan

Sienna Baskin, of NYATN member organization Sex Workers Project, hosted a panel on innovative approaches to investigating and prosecuting human trafficking at the Freedom Network Conference. Panelists included Lynly Egyes, staff attorney at the Sex Workers Project, John Temple, Assistant District Attorney in the Sex Crimes Unit at the New York County DA’s Office, and Monica Ryan, Trial Attorney for the Department of Justice.

Stephanie Richard, Ivy Suriyopas, David Abramowitz, and Daniel Werner (not pictured, Melissa Broudo)

Ivy Suriyopas, of NYATN member organization Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, co-facilitated a panel on “Cutting-Edge Anti-Trafficking Legislation: The Changes and Their Impact” with Coalition Against Slavery and Trafficking’s (CAST) Stephanie Richard at the Freedom Network Conference.  Panelists included David Abramowitz, Vice President, Policy and Government Relations at Humanity United, Daniel Werner, Deputy Legal Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Melissa Sontag Broudo (not pictured), Staff Attorney at the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center.

UAE Embassy Couple Indicted for Trafficking Indonesian Mother and Daughter

Update: In a related matter, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania indicted three people, Nura Ziadeh, Rashid Ziadeh and Mannatullah Ziadeh, alleging that they recruited foreign nationals to serve as domestic workers and harboring them for commercial gain.

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is representing the mother, “S.S.” (as she is referred to in the indictment, U.S. v. Mervat Tolan and Nabil Talaat), as she cooperates with federal authorities as a witness in the criminal proceedings.  Click here for the complete press release.

Film Review: Not My Life, by Florrie Burke

Florrie Burke has reviewed Not My Life, a documentary on human trafficking, for the Rights Work Initiative, a project of the Program on Human Trafficking and Forced Labor at the American University Washington College of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.  An excerpt from the review:

Not My Life is not a perfect film by any means….  However, it is one of the better films available on the subject and should be commended for its lack of sexsationalism. “

NYATN Testifies at NYC Council Hearing

Suzanne Tomatore

Suzanne Tomatore Testifies at the NYC Council Hearing on "Combating Sex Trafficking in New York City"

City Bar Justice Center‘s Suzanne Tomatore, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund‘s Ivy Suriyopas, and the Sex Workers Project‘s Melissa Broudo testified before members of the Committee on Women’s Issues and Committee on Public Safety on October 19, 2011.  The hearing was on “Combating Sex Trafficking in New York City: Examining Law Enforcement Efforts – Prevention and Prosecution.”  It included a report from Human Services & Governmental Affairs Divisions and testimony from the NYPD, district attorneys from Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, legal and social service providers, and advocates.

Oh v. Choi in the News

In Suit, Housekeeper Says Buddhist Monk Enslaved Her in His Queens Home,” By Kirk Semple, The New York Times, 8.7.11

“She was finally able to escape ‘with the assistance of a Good Samaritan,’ a friend of the family who visited the Choi home and took pity on the woman, said one of Ms. Oh’s lawyers, Ivy Suriyopas. “

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