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Human Rights and Economic Opportunity Will End Trafficking

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.

 

The Intersection of Immigration and Criminal Justice for Women, Girls, and Transgender People

Juhu Thukral of NYATN’s Steering Committee wrote a piece for the Vera Institute’s blog on gender and justice, on the dangerous intersection of the criminal justice and immigration legal systems, with particular impact on women, girls, and trans people. You can check it out here.

Women’s Rights in Sustainable Development: The New Legal Frontiers

NYATN Steering Committee member Suzanne Tomatore will be speaking on a panel entitled “Women’s Rights in Sustainable Development: The New Legal Frontiers” which will take place during the second week of the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW60). The event is free and no pass is necessary. Speakers include Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, Prof. Cynthia Soohoo, Director, Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic, CUNY School of Law, HE Mrs. Toyin Saraki, Founder and Director, The Wellbeing Foundation of Africa, Deborah Enix-Ross, Chair, Business and Human Rights Project of the ABA Center for Human Rights, and Suzanne Tomatore, Director, Immigrant Women & Children Project, City Bar Justice Center. The panel will take place on March 24, 2016 from 8:30 AM-10:00 AM at the Church Center for the United Nations, 2nd fl., 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017.

The event is sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of International Law, Section of International Law Women’s Interest Network, Section of International Law NGO & Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee and Transnational Legal Practice Committee.

New Report Highlights Impact of Legal Services on Human Trafficking Survivors

The City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women & Children Project (IWC) has released a report examining how legal services have helped clients change their lives. For the report, the IWC interviewed a sample of 50 current and former IWC clients, all of whom are survivors of trafficking.

The report affirms that receiving legal services is key to help­ing survivors of trafficking pursue their dreams of education, gainful employment, and family reunification where possible. The report outlines the types of legal services provided, current immigration status, and the number of clients that pursued education after receiving IWC’s assistance, among other data.

IWC assists low-income survivors of violent crimes, including inti­mate-partner violence, trafficking, sexual assault, child abuse, and hate crimes. IWC represents adults and children in immigration matters with the goal of promoting better access to safety, stability, and self-sufficiency.

The report may be viewed here.

 

NYATN’s Juhu Thukral on Amnesty International’s Policy on Decriminalization of Sex Work

NYATN signed on to support Amnesty International as it moved to adopt a policy supporting decriminalization of sex work, which is a crucial element of fighting trafficking into the sex sector. Juhu Thukral of our Steering Committee on why this all was so important. Read more here.

 

UN Session on the Commission on the Status of Women: Current Challenges in Combating Human Trafficking

Updated 3.16.15

NYATN will present parallel event, “Current Challenges in Combating Human Trafficking 20 Years After the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action,” at the United Nations 59th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women. Twenty years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, human trafficking continues to be pervasive around the world. Women and girls, in particular, are vulnerable to human trafficking in a variety of sectors, and they experience coercion, abuse, and a climate of fear in their work. This panel will feature discussion by anti-trafficking experts as they examine the challenges in implementation of human rights-based, long-term actions by governments, NGOs, and other stakeholders. Particular attention will be paid to current anti-trafficking strategies in the U.S., including around prostitution and commercial sex, from a human rights perspective. Speakers:

  • MARY CAPARAS, New York Asian Women’s Center
  • KATE MOGULESCU, Legal Aid Society
  • KATE SHEILL, Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women
  • IVY SURIYOPAS, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

March 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, 8th Fl., Boss Room Space is limited.  Please RSVP to register. Cosponsors with NYATN include: Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, City Bar Justice Center, Legal Aid Society, New York Asian Women’s Center, The Seltzer Firm, and Sex Workers Project at Urban Justice Center Previous CSW Parallel Events include:

NYATN Testifies About Human Trafficking and Domestic Workers for NYC Council

NYATN members from Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, City Bar Justice Center, New York Asian Women’s Center, and Sex Workers Project at Urban Justice Center testified for the New York City Council on Friday, February 27, 2015 on, “Labor Trafficking in the Domestic Worker Industry – Resources for Victims in New York City (video).”

NYATN member Sex Workers Project's Crystal DeBoise (center) testifies alongside Legal Aid's Hollis Pfitsch and Catholic Migration Services's Alice Davis

NYATN member Sex Workers Project’s Crystal DeBoise (center) testifies alongside Legal Aid’s Hollis Pfitsch and Catholic Migration Services’s Alice Davis

View text of testimony of Ivy O. Suriyopas, NYATN steering member.  Suzanne Tomatore, a founder of NYATN and steering member, also provided testimony.  View full video testimony.

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