NYATN steering member Suzanne Tomatore is quoted in City Limits’ “Labor Trafficking Persists Amid Outrage Over Sex Trade.” Tomatore says, in part: “[Human trafficking survivors] have a sense that a crime was committed against them and that they’ve been deceived, manipulated and abused. They come to us for other reasons such as domestic violence or they’re trying to get help with immigration status. In talking to them, we identify initial trafficking to the United States. Sometimes our claimants have been in the United States for many years and were trafficked later.” A report from Tomatore’s agency, the City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women and Children Project, shows: “Out of the 150 human trafficking cases, 54.6 percent involved labor trafficking and 45.3 percent involved sex trafficking. Domestic work was the most frequently reported form of labor trafficking, representing nearly 80 percent of the cases.” Read more….
“Behind Closed Doors” – Trailer
A documentary on domestic workers in New York City – a Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism masters project – which includes an interview with Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Ivy Suriyopas. Produced, directed, and written by Pracheta Sharma & Jessica Hopper.
“From Stand in Long Island Slavery Case, a Snapshot of a Hidden U.S. Problem,” By Paul Vitello, The New York Times, 12.3.07
“‘Who would do this to another human being?’ said Suzanne Tomatore, director of the Immigrant Women and Children Project of the New York City Bar Association, which has assisted dozens of migrant domestic servants. ‘All kinds of people. Doctors, lawyers, professionals, business people, diplomats — the only thing the employers have in common as a group is they all have the resources to pay someone a fair wage, but they choose not to.'”