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Race-Talk Honors National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

*Update: Race-Talk unfortunately has closed its doors.  See below for alternative links.

Race-Talk honors National Human Trafficking Awareness Day with a series of blog contributions from members of the New York Anti-Trafficking Network guest-edited by Juhu Thukral for the second consecutive year.

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Model Anti-Trafficking Legislation

Earlier this month, Suzanne Tomatore, Project Director of the City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women & Children Project, attended a drafting committee meeting of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC).

Established in 1892, the ULC provides states with nonpartisan draft legislation designed to provide clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law. The open drafting process draws on the expertise of commissioners appointed by the states, and it also utilizes input from legal experts, advisers and observers representing the views of other legal organizations and interested groups.

For more information please click here: http://www2.nycbar.org/citybarjusticecenter/blog/2011/12/15/model-anti-trafficking-legislation/

Florrie Burke Testifies for the U.S. House of Representatives

Updated: See video of Florrie Burke’s testimony, starting at 9:20.

Florrie Burke

Florrie Burke

Florrie Burke testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on December 14, 2011.  Her written testimony: HHS and the Catholic Church: Examining the Politicization of Grants.

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.

NYATN Expresses Deep Concerns about Secure Communities (S-Comm) to House Representatives

NYATN signed onto a letter to Representatives Elton Gallegly (R-CA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) to express our deep concerns about the effect that Secure Communities (S-Comm) will have on immigrant survivors of human trafficking and other forms of violence.  It states, in part: “New York State, especially New York City, is a destination for trafficked persons….  A trafficking survivor is more often than not arrested while a trafficker remains at large signaling the continued shortcomings of local law enforcement in meaningfully promoting efforts to identify and protect them.  These arrests often trigger the mandatory detention of the trafficking survivor who then faces the uphill battle like other victims of violence in securing adequate legal representation and navigating through a deportation system that offers few options and remains fraught with due process violations.”  See the complete letter.

SWOP Says Shutting Down Backpage is Harmful

Sex Workers Outreach Project responds to the Backpage.com controversy by issuing this SWOP FLYER.  An excerpt:

Sex work does NOT EQUAL Trafficking: The conflation of these issues perpetuates policies and practices that do not reflect the needs of those engaged in sex work: the willing, those doing it out of economic necessity, or those trafficked.

Florrie Burke’s Letter to the Washington Post

Florrie Burke submitted a letter to the editors of The Washington Post.  An excerpt:

“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. “

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