Thurs, March 16th, 8:30 AM: Human Rights and Trafficking in Persons: Empowering Women to Address Poverty
The UN Commission on the Status of Women begins meeting this Monday, and you can follow along at #CSW61.
This Thurs, March 16th, at 8:30 AM, NY Anti-Trafficking Network is holding a CSW61 parallel event focused on economic empowerment, human rights, and ways to end trafficking.
Details and Registration Link:
Trafficking in persons is a severe human rights violation, experienced by people of all gender identities and ages in vulnerable situations around the world. This session explores the link between human trafficking, exploitative work conditions, and economic empowerment, with a special focus on trafficked people in the United States. Panelists will address how lack of economic opportunity, migration law and policy, and law enforcement can create the conditions which foster trafficking, and how autonomy, self-determination and economic justice are the keys to a human rights approach for anti-trafficking work.
Thurs, March 16, 2017
Armenian Cultural Center, Guild Hall
630 2nd Ave
NY Anti-Trafficking Network is so excited and grateful for our Awesome Without Borders grant from The Harnisch Foundation. This grant allows us to create two more #TalkTraffic videos on important anti-trafficking issues. Coming soon!
One of NYATN’s founders and Steering Committee member, Juhu Thukral, wrote a journal article in the Anti-Trafficking Review. Here is a short preview:
Response to ATR Debate Proposition: ‘Prosecuting trafficking deflects attention from much more important responses and is anyway a waste of time and money’
This statement by the editors of this issue on the place of prosecution in ending human trafficking is of course hyperbolic, but it points to a basic truth about different strategies to protect human rights around the world. The ultimate goal in any anti-trafficking work should be twofold: preventing trafficking from happening in the first place; and helping survivors reclaim their voices and their lives so they can define how they want to move forward. Engaged audiences care about trafficking as a global issue and find it horrifying because it violates a shared hope—dignity for all people—and the communal belief that everyone deserves a chance to thrive and seek opportunity in life. To continue, please click here.
Please cite this article as: J Thukral, ‘Human Rights and Economic Opportunity Will End Trafficking’, Anti-Trafficking Review, issue 6, 2016, pp. 134–137 issue 6, 2016, pp. 130–133, www.antitraffickingreview.org.
The Anti-Trafficking Review promotes a human rights-based approach to anti-trafficking. It explores trafficking in its broader context including gender analyses and intersections with labour and migrant rights.
Please save the date for our upcoming panel at the Commission on the Status of Women, “Human Rights and Trafficking in Persons: Empowering Women to Address Poverty”. The panel will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 6:15 PM in midtown Manhattan. More information to follow soon. To reserve a ticket, please click here.
Trafficking in persons is a global problem, and it can feel overwhelming. But there’s a lot you can do to help. This video explains how we can all come together to support survivors and end trafficking.
What You Need To Know
At NY Anti-Trafficking Network, people ask us all the time, “What can I do to help end trafficking and to help survivors directly?” While trafficking is a global problem, there’s actually a lot you can do to help.
THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW INCLUDE:
Learn what trafficking is and map out your action plan.
- Trafficking is about people living and working in a climate of fear, working under force, fraud, or coercion, usually in low-wage industries.
- Watch and share our #TalkTraffic video series to learn about trafficking and to teach others.
- Share this information with friends, co-workers, family, and people in organizations you belong to. Be aware of the conversations people have. When you hear people making jokes or saying things that don’t respect the dignity and voices of survivors, point it out and explain why that’s wrong.
Plan your donations to qualified legal and service providers and advocacy groups with a proven track record for respecting the dignity and human rights of survivors.
- In the United States, members of the national Freedom Network serve survivors and advocate on anti-trafficking law and policy.
- NY Anti-Trafficking Network works with survivors and has changed the legal response to trafficking in New York City and State.
- Internationally, the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women leads global advocacy and its members from around the world follow a human rights approach to ending trafficking.
Be a media activist.
- When you see stories about trafficking that don’t respect the dignity and voices of survivors, post a comment online, or write a letter to the editor, and hold the media accountable.
- Share our #TalkTraffic video series to teach others about trafficking, using the hashtag #TalkTraffic and follow us on Twitter @NYATN.
- Other hashtags to follow include #trafficking #forcedlabor #humantrafficking #modernslavery and #supplychains.
Look into supply chains for goods and services you consume, for transparency and accountability.
- E-mail companies directly (get the information from their websites) so the leadership and their corporate social responsibility division hear that consumers care.
- If you hire domestic workers in your home, make sure you honor the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. When you go to restaurants and nail salons, make sure you treat the workers with respect and tip generously.
- Research, understand, and honor boycotts against the companies you buy things from. These sites help you look into supply chains for products you consume: goodguide.com | free2work.org | ethicalconsumer.org | workersrights.org | sweatfree.org | avoidplugin.com | buycott.com
Host a fundraiser or awareness event.
- Show our #TalkTraffic video series to teach others about trafficking, and lead a discussion after.
- Movies about trafficking you can screen and discuss include Not My Life, Normal, and Food Chains.
- Hold a clothing or food drive and donate to survivors in need, working with a relevant organization.
Share this video: youtu.be/a-Or4J_HlRY
Learn more about what you can do to help.
Production Credits — Producers: Juhu Thukral and Jeffrey Yamaguchi. Video Production/Filming/Editing: Jordan Timpy and Cassie Timpy of Agape Visuals (Read their write-up about working on this project). Music: Broke For Free.