Posts Tagged ‘Sex Workers Project’

Upcoming Panel on Homeless & Street-involved Youth: Intersections with Human Trafficking

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 6:00-8:00pm
New York City Bar Association

Join an expert panel of service providers, policy advocates, and researchers to learn more about homeless and street-involved youth in New York City. There will be a rich discussion of issues that these youth face, including experiencing or being at risk for human trafficking, exploitation, survival sex, interacting with the criminal justice system and issues particular to LGBT or immigrant youth. Panelists will also draw from the research presented in the recently-released report by the “Urban Institute, Locked In: Interactions with the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Systems for LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Who Engage in Survival Sex”. Policy recommendations will be explored as well as areas where attorneys and other service providers working with vulnerable youth can be more effective in using a rights-based approach.

Speakers: Laura Berger Staff Attorney at the Immigrant Women & Children Project at the City Bar Justice Center
Brendan Conner Staff Attorney at Streetwise & Safe
Kate D’Adamo National Policy Advocate, Sex Workers’ Project
Meredith Dank Senior Research Associate, The Urban Institute

Moderated By: Suzanne Tomatore Director of the Immigrant Women & Children Project at the City Bar Justice Center

This discussion is free; however, space is limited. Please RSVP by October 23, 2015.

Co-sponsored by: Sex & Law Committee, LGBT Rights Committee, Council on Children, LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL) and the New York Anti-Trafficking Network

NYC Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036


NYATN Testifies About Human Trafficking and Domestic Workers for NYC Council

NYATN members from Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, City Bar Justice Center, New York Asian Women’s Center, and Sex Workers Project at Urban Justice Center testified for the New York City Council on Friday, February 27, 2015 on, “Labor Trafficking in the Domestic Worker Industry – Resources for Victims in New York City (video).”

NYATN member Sex Workers Project's Crystal DeBoise (center) testifies alongside Legal Aid's Hollis Pfitsch and Catholic Migration Services's Alice Davis

NYATN member Sex Workers Project’s Crystal DeBoise (center) testifies alongside Legal Aid’s Hollis Pfitsch and Catholic Migration Services’s Alice Davis

View text of testimony of Ivy O. Suriyopas, NYATN steering member.  Suzanne Tomatore, a founder of NYATN and steering member, also provided testimony.  View full video testimony.

5th Annual NYATN Commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

The New York Anti-Trafficking Network has written in commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month for the fifth consecutive year.

Previous NYATN contributions include the following:

NYATN Members Participate in Freedom Network (USA)’s Inaugural Member Report

NYATN members participated in the Freedom Network (USA)’s inaugural Member Report.  NYATN members include the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women and Children Project, Florrie Burke, Safe Horizon, and Urban Justice Center’s Sex Workers Project.  Among the primary findings is that of the more than 2000 trafficking survivors served, 73 percent were trafficked for labor throughout the United States.  Read more….

Crystal DeBoise’s “Human Trafficking and Sex Work: Foundational Social Work Principles”

NYATN member Crystal DeBoise, co-director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, wrote an article on Human Trafficking and Sex Work: Foundational Social Work Principles for Meredians: feminism, race, transnationalism.  Ms. DeBoise’s writes in part: “We have also found that [foundational social-work] values are often not applied to those who have been involved in sex work and human trafficking, most likely because of the emotionally triggering subject matter and the ubiquitous stigma of being involved in the sex industry. However, using the foundational principles of modern social work is required if our work with survivors of human trafficking and sex workers is to be effective and empowering.”  Read more….

NYATN opposes MSNBC’s program, Slave Hunter: Freeing Victims of Human Trafficking

NYATN signed on, with 23 anti-trafficking organizations including the Freedom Network (USA), to member Sex Workers Project’s letter opposing MSNBC’s program, Slave Hunter: Freeing Victims of Human Trafficking.  It states, in part: “While we respect your efforts to tackle a difficult and necessary subject, the tactics of Mr. Cohen and ‘Abolish Slavery’ mislead the public and threaten the rights and safety of sex workers and survivors of human trafficking.”  Read more….

NYATN to Speak at Conference on Human Trafficking at SUNY Downstate School of Public Health

NYATN members Crystal DeBoise, Co-Director of the Sex Workers Project, and Song Kim, Kirkland & Ellis Fellow of AALDEF‘s Anti-Trafficking Initiative, will be speaking at the “Hidden in Plain Sight: Sex Trafficking in NYC” Campus-Community Conference at SUNY Downstate School of Public Health on Saturday, December 7.  Learn how to recognize the signs of human trafficking and engage in discussions on prevention and mitigation.

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