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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.



City Bar Justice Center Releases Special Report on 150 Human Trafficking Cases

NYATN member City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women & Children Project (IWC) released a special report, “Spotlight on 150 Human Trafficking Cases.”  This report reflects over a decade of direct representation of low-income immigrant survivors of human trafficking in the New York City metropolitan area and informs the Justice Center’s advocacy and policy recommendations.  The report states, in part, “Of the 150 human trafficking cases, 54.6% involved labor trafficking and 45.3% involved sex trafficking. Domestic work was by far the most frequently reported form of labor trafficking, representing nearly 80% of the labor trafficking cases.”  Read more….

New York City Bar has released its memorandum on the New York Women’s Equality Act

The New York City Bar has released its memorandum on the New York Women’s Equality Act (A.8070), including its analysis of “Part H – Strengthening Sex Trafficking Laws.”  The City Bar’s Committee on Sex and Law supports the greater emphasis on services for trafficked persons, the creation of an affirmative defense where the defendant’s participation was a result of having been a victim of sex trafficking, and the raising of the penalty for labor trafficking to a B felony.  The Committee also noted that Assembly Member Joseph Lentol’s bill, A.7474, creates a private right of action for trafficked persons to seek compensation as well as a right to counsel for trafficked persons seeking to vacate convictions from their criminal records.  Read more.

Read more about NYATN’s memorandum in support of A.M. Lentol’s bill, A.7474.  Please consider signing on.

Read more about NYATN’s memorandum and recommendations on how to make the Women’s Equality Act successful.

A Deeper Look into Human Trafficking: Contemporary Slavery, the Sex Trade, and Beyond

NYATN steering committee member Suzanne Tomatore spoke Monday night at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law on a panel called “A Deeper Look into Human Trafficking: Contemporary Slavery, the Sex Trade, and Beyond,” a panel for P*Law Public Interest Advocacy Week.  Ms. Tomatore is the director of the Immigrant Women & Children Project at the City Bar Justice Center and is co-chair of the Freedom Network (USA), a national network of human trafficking service providers.

The panel provided an overview of the state of human trafficking as well as the legal frameworks in place that attempt to regulate and end illegal trafficking. She was joined by Erika Hague, from the New York State Human Trafficking and Unaccompanied Children Programs Bureau of Refugee & Immigrant Assistance/OTDA. They discussed how human trafficking has changed over time through case studies and analyzing statistics. The panel was moderated by Teresa M. Woods, Clinical Teaching Fellow/Visiting Instructor, Human Rights and Genocide Clinic, Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.

The Public Service Scholars Program at Cardozo prepares future lawyers for the practice of law in public service through a comprehensive three-year program that offers specialized training and experience in public interest law.

Taking Action in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

In commemoration of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, New York Anti-Trafficking Network steering committee member Suzanne Tomatore organized and moderated a panel discussion at the  City Bar Justice Center in collaboration with Pfizer Legal Alliance entitled “Take Action: Stop Human Trafficking Now.” The panel discussion took place at the New York City Bar Association on January 14th and included NYATN member Avaloy Lanning, Senior Director of the Anti-Trafficking Program at Safe Horizon. To read more, click here.

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.

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Freedom Week Labor Trafficking Panel

Labor Trafficking Panel

Safe Horizon's Tauno Bilstead and AALDEF's Ivy Suriyopas

Labor Trafficking Panel

NYATN Labor Trafficking Panel

Freedom Week invited NYATN to host a Labor Trafficking panel, featuring DAMAYAN, Safe Horizon, and AALDEF.

Labor Trafficking Panel with ACT and NY Anti-Trafficking Network 
Sunday, October 16
5-7 pm (note: time change)
Room 802, NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

NYATN will host a panel during Freedom Week.  Join us for a deep, informative look into labor trafficking – the slavery that makes the goods you use. Featured speakers include Linda Oalican, a former labor trafficking victim and now the founder of Damayan Migrant Workers Association; Ivy Suriyopas, an attorney at the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Tauno Bilstead from Safe Horizon; and Lydia Catina, a trafficking victims’ aid worker. Free.

Click here for details on last year’s Freedom Week, and click here for details on this year’s event.

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