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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.

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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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How enforcement of immigration laws could be making human trafficking tougher to detect

NYATN‘s Avaloy Lanning, senior director of Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program, and Ivy Suriyopas, director of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Anti-Trafficking Initiative, were in The U.S. News and World Report‘s “Modern Slavery Emerging from the Shadows,” by Kira Zalan.  It addresses how enforcement of immigration laws could be making human trafficking tougher to detect.

Says Lanning: “The trafficker uses [work-related visas] against [workers], [saying], if you run then you’re going to be illegal, then immigration is going to pick you up, arrest you and deport you.”

Says Suriyopas: “”Immigrant victims are not going to come forward if they fear that the NYPD or the LAPD are not going to come help them but might label them a criminal first and ask questions later.”

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