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NYATN Supports the Rights of Immigrant Families

NY Anti-Trafficking Network has released a statement supporting the rights of immigrants. We are speaking out against any plans for a repeal of DACA, which protects young people who came to the United States as children:

In this country we value opportunity. We value people who make their communities better. That is who DACA recipients are.

All young people deserve the right to pursue their dreams and live in safety. We, as advocates for survivors of human trafficking and their children, support the continuation of DACA to ensure the safety and security of the families we serve.

DACA allows trafficking victims security to come forward to access justice. It allows the vulnerable family members of trafficked people much needed protection.

Congress should move to protect DACA recipients.

  • Traffickers use immigration status to exploit workers. 56% of Dreamers report moving to jobs with better working conditions upon receiving DACA.
  • Trafficking victims will be less likely to come forward to report crimes to authorities if DACA recipients are punished. These Dreamers identified themselves voluntarily, trusting that our government would not penalize them for it.  
  • Without DACA, Dreamers will stop reporting wage theft and other crimes against them, leaving workplaces vulnerable to increased exploitation. Workers rights are always important; the contributions of immigrants of all backgrounds are what make us an innovative society.

Annie Wang, staff attorney in Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Immigrant Access to Justice program, said:

I’ve seen firsthand how this program has transformed the lives of my clients. Thanks to DACA these young people have been able to pursue higher education, find meaningful employment, help their families, and otherwise more fully contribute to our society.

Congress must promote a practical solution to stand by the values of this country and our commitment to the right to live free from exploitation. The DREAM Act and the American Hope Act are bipartisan measures, that mesh with practical policies already undertaken in many cities and towns, to ensure young people can pursue their dreams.

Tell your member of Congress to vote to protect Dreamers.  

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#PowerOfPop: New Report on Pop Culture and Immigration

The Opportunity Agenda has released a new report on how TV portrays immigrants and immigration, including experiences of trafficking in persons. The report analyzes television coverage, noting the power of popular media in shaping public perception, and offers recommendations to advocates and pop culture producers for making change and creating more authentic images of immigrants as contributors to the fabric of our communities.

Massage Parlors & Raids on Immigrant Workers

NYATN Steering Committee member Mary Caparas wrote an important piece in The Hill on the dangers of arresting massage parlor workers in the name of preventing trafficking. These arrests drive immigrant workers and community members into even more vulnerable situations, and also put immigrant women at risk of police profiling, detention, and deportation. Check out and share her op-ed!

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.

Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio: Modern-Day Slavery? Sex, Trafficking and Immigration

NYATN steering member Juhu Thukral was on a segment on Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio on February 9th, “Modern-Day Slavery? Sex, Trafficking and Immigration.”  Undocumented immigrants are highly vulnerable to becoming trafficked due to a lack of legal status and protections, limited language skills and employment options and poverty. As a result, they often become dependent on traffickers for employment or support while living in a foreign country.  Listen here….

NYATN member blogs about how immigration proposals fail to protect all workers for The Hill

NYATN member Ivy Suriyopas, attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, wrote, “Immigration proposals fail to protect all workers,” for The Hill.  She wrote in part: “Immigrants’ rights are workers’ rights.  The lack of basic employment rights will continue to leave migrants vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, and trafficking by companies that value the bottom line over the dignity of their workers.”  Read more….

Free CLE: Remedies for Victims of Human Trafficking

NYATN member Ivy Suriyopas, attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, will present at a free CLE on “Remedies for Victims of Human Trafficking” for the Practising Law Institute on July 9, 2013 at 1 pm.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Screening and Identification of Human Trafficking Victims
  • Forms of Immigration Relief Available for Human Trafficking Survivors
  • Additional Remedies Available Under the TVPRA of 2013

Mark you calendar and don’t miss this important Free Briefing.

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