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The Annual Freedom Network Conference Returns to the East Coast in April 2015

The Freedom Network (USA), which has several of the same members as NYATN, will host its 13th Annual Conference in the Washington, DC metropolitan area on April 21-22, 2015.  The Freedom Network, a national alliance of experienced advocates working with survivors of all forms of human trafficking to ensure that trafficked persons have access to justice, safety, and opportunity, held its 2012 conference in New York.  Early bird registration ends in this month, National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.  Register here.

Freedom Network Conference


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 opposes MSNBC’s program, Slave Hunter: Freeing Victims of Human Trafficking

NYATN signed on, with 23 anti-trafficking organizations including the Freedom Network (USA), to member Sex Workers Project’s letter opposing MSNBC’s program, Slave Hunter: Freeing Victims of Human Trafficking.  It states, in part: “While we respect your efforts to tackle a difficult and necessary subject, the tactics of Mr. Cohen and ‘Abolish Slavery’ mislead the public and threaten the rights and safety of sex workers and survivors of human trafficking.”  Read more….

Save the Date! 12th Annual Freedom Network Conference on April 1 & 2, 2014

The 12th Annual Freedom Network Conference will be on April 1 and 2, 2014 in San Francisco, CA.  New York had the honor of hosting the conference in 2012.  The Freedom Network (USA) was established in 2001 by a group of organizations and individuals who bring decades of experience from a diverse set of backgrounds, such as immigrant women and children’s rights, victim and social services, migrant farm worker advocacy, and human rights activism.  Several members of NYATN are also members of the Freedom Network.

NYATN Members to Speak on Panel: “What Can I Do?” How One Person’s Commitment Can Combat Sex Trafficking

“This panel of highly motivated individuals who have answered the call to action by advocates and victims worldwide and have taken matters into their own hands to make a difference in this field leveraging the resources and skills they have. The panelists will discuss a variety of approaches using art, community organizing, and social networks to raise awareness and build critical mass.”  Panelists include NYATN members, including Safe Horizon Anti-Trafficking Program’s Avaloy Lanning.  Roadkill director Cora Bissett is also on the panel.

“What Can I Do?” How One Person’s Commitment Can Combat Sex Trafficking

Grand Hall at the Kimmel Center (NYU)

June 11, 2013 at 6:30 PM

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.

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