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City Bar Justice Center’s Suzanne Tomatore Discusses Servile Marriages and Laws Against Human Trafficking

Lawyers.com features a piece entitled, “Woman Enslaved Through Arranged Marriage,” which quotes NYATN Steering Committee Member Suzanne Tomatore.

The blog states in part: “’I think it’s great progress for prosecutors to look expansively at the human trafficking law and use the law to the extent fully envisioned by the law makers,’ says Suzanne Tomatore, an attorney who is director of the Immigrant Women & Children Project at the City Bar Justice Center.”  Read more….

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Human Trafficking CLE includes NYATN Steering Committee Member Suzanne Tomatore as Speaker

A Call to Action: The Crisis of Human Trafficking

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Please arrive by 12:15 pm to be seated for lunch before the presentation begins

Greenberg Traurig, LLP
MetLife Building
200 Park Avenue, 15th Floor
New York City  

This CLE program is in conjunction with the launch of a new initiative to provide free legal services to victims of human trafficking. The speakers will present a compelling overview of the issue, including a discussion of pro bono opportunities.

Speakers:

Anne Milgram, Former Attorney General of New Jersey and currently with the NYU School of Law Center on the Administration of Criminal Law

Dorchen LeidholdtSanctuary for Families

Suzanne TomatoreNew York City Bar Association’s City Bar Justice Center

Bill Silverman, Litigation Shareholder and Head of Pro Bono at Greenberg Traurig’s New York Office

Identify and Assist Survivors of Human Trafficking

Identify and Assist Survivors of Human Trafficking

I Know It Exists, But Will I Know It When I See It?

May 14, 2009, 9 AM – 1 PM

City Bar Justice Center, 42 W44th St., NY, NY

This is a FREE event.
Please RSVP to here.
with your name, organization/program, and title.
Space is limited, register by May 8, 2009.

In person registration begins at 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.

Human trafficking is a violation of human rights. Women, men and children are compelled to work against their will as domestic servants and in industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, construction, food service, beauty salons, the commercial sex industry and many more.
The U.S. government estimates that up to 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. annually, yet less than 800 survivors have been granted visas. New York City has been identified as one of the country’s top ports of entry, transit and destination for trafficked persons because of its large population of immigrants, its close proximity to major international ports, and its concentration of many industries where trafficking can flourish. This half-day forum will provide service providers, activists, advocates, and community organizers with the tools to respond to human trafficking.

  • Understand human trafficking
  • Identify the signs of trafficking
  • Recognize the social service and legal needs of trafficked persons
  • Refer survivors of human trafficking to experienced providers

Learn how you can help end human trafficking in New York City.

Please find below the materials from NYATN’s May 14, 2009 forum, “Identify & Assist Survivors of Human Trafficking.”

Identify & Assist Survivors of Human Trafficking Agenda

NY Anti-Trafficking Network Fact Sheet 3.09

Safe Horizon Anti-Trafficking Program Fact Sheet 09

Freedom Network Fact Sheet

IWC CLIENT-City Bar Justice Center 2008

NYATN Identify & Assist Survivors of Human Trafficking Powerpoint

Additional Human Trafficking Resources

Human Trafficking, Interpersonal Violence, and the Power of Gender Violence as a Tool of Oppression

Human Trafficking, Interpersonal Violence, and the Power of Gender Violence as a Tool of Oppression

1:30 PM, April 15, 2009, CUNY School of Law

This panel will discuss violence, including sex and labor trafficking and interpersonal violence.  Panelists will address the gendered aspects of violence and why certain gender-specific violence is promoted while some is prohibited and criminalized.

Human Trafficking: Beyond Sex Trafficking

Human Trafficking: Beyond Sex Trafficking

by Brooklyn Law School’s Asian Pacific American Law Student Association

1 PM, March 25, 2009

Freedom Network Conference

Annual Freedom Network Conference

March 18-19, 2009

Dallas, TX

Freedom Network Principles

  • All human beings have the right to live free from forced labor, slavery or servitude.
  • All trafficked persons have rights, even if they are undocumented or hold false papers.
  • All trafficked persons have the right to become empowered through the receipt of culturally-sensitive, victim centered services, support and training.

Members of the Freedom Network (USA) have provided services to trafficked persons in some of the major trafficking cases in the United States to date and have actively promoted a human rights response to trafficking worldwide and in the United States.

Juhu Thukral in the News

As Spitzer Prostitution Scandal Dominates Headlines, a Look at the Plight of Sex Workers,” By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now, 3.12.08

JUHU THUKRAL: Last year, New York State passed anti-trafficking law, and it’s actually one of the toughest laws in the country. And Eliot Spitzer was very important in pushing the law through. We had been working on the law for the last couple of years. But there was a great deal of controversy around certain elements of the bill. And, for example, we opposed a provision that he pushed through — we and a numerous other advocates — which actually enhanced the penalties against clients of prostitutes.

“And our perspective is, this is a trafficking law; let’s leave it focused on trafficking and on traffickers. And also, the more that you go after clients and customers of prostitutes, the less likely they are to actually come forward when you have knowledge, for example, of a woman that you’ve seen who’s in danger. We’ve actually had clients call us and refer women to us, so that we can help them protect their legal rights. And we’ve taken these women on as clients. So, really, it depends on what your goal is. Do you want to help people, and do you want to make sure that people feel comfortable coming forward when they have information? “

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