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.
New York Anti-Trafficking Network steering committee member Florrie Burke discusses the adverse impact to human trafficking survivors when the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) denied service providers the ability to provide, and refer them for, reproductive health services (such as contraception, abortion, and other gynecological services) in “Sex and the Vatican City, ” an article by Stephanie Mencimer in the May/June 2012 issue of Mother Jones available on newsstands now. Ms. Burke also testified before Congress on this vital issue. Read more….
NYATN members, including Florrie Burke, have worked tirelessly on the issue of how government funding policies adversely impact the reproductive health of victims and survivors of human trafficking, including supporting the ACLU’s efforts in its case, ACLU of Massachusetts v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al. This month, a federal judge ruled that the government cannot impose religious restrictions on reproductive health services for victims of human trafficking. “The court is right to insist that organizations receiving government funding cannot use their religion as an excuse to discriminate and withhold crucial services from victims of human trafficking,” said Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. Read more….
“It forbade the nongovernmental member organizations of the Freedom Network USA and other groups from using funds to refer survivors for contraceptives or abortion services, and the federal government allowed this denial of services to continue for years. This meant that we could not help the many survivors who pleaded with us to help them get contraceptive aid. “