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NYATN’s Sienna Baskin on MSNBC!

Sienna Baskin, Managing Director of the Sex Workers Project and NYATN steering committee member, was on So Popular with Janet Mock on MSNBC on January 8, 2016. The topic was sex workers’ rights and decriminalization. They discussed sex worker rights and how they are portrayed in the media and in pop culture. She was joined by Verónica Bayetti Flores, and journalist Melissa Gira Grant. You can check it out here.

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Sex Work Initiative this Fall 2014 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

NYATN steering members Sienna Baskin and Kate Mogulescu will be speaking this fall at various events this fall, including a panel on “System Responses to the Sex Work Industry” on October 22, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  This initiative approaches sex work and the sex industry broadly, including unconventional perspectives, and sparks conversations about the wide range of social, cultural, and economic issues that shape sex workers’ lived experiences.  Read more….

Clearing the Slate: Seeking Effective Remedies for Criminalized Trafficking Victims

Update: This event will be livestreamed.

NYATN member Sienna Baskin will be speaking on a panel, “Clearing the Slate: Seeking Effective Remedies for Criminalized Trafficking Victims,” at CUNY Law School on February 27

Women trafficked into the sex industry are particularly vulnerable to abuse and face the added threat of criminal prosecution for acts they were forced to commit. Resulting criminal convictions can continue to haunt trafficking survivors, preventing them from rebuilding their lives. A novel New York law passed in 2010 helps remedy this harm by allowing survivors to vacate these convictions.

CUNY Law School’s new report Clearing the Slate: Seeking Effective Remedies for Criminalized Trafficking Victims, from the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, looks at the problem of criminalization of trafficking victims and New York’s experience with the vacatur law in order to identify best practices for New York and other states.

This event will examine the factors that lead to criminalization of trafficking victims, identify the successes and challenges of implementing the law, and discuss other reforms to help trafficking survivors.

New York State Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, sponsor of the vacatur law, will give introductory remarks.

Panelists:

  • The Honorable Toko Serita (’89), presiding judge, Queens County Human Trafficking Intervention Court
  • Sienna Baskin (’07), co-director of the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center
  • Kate Mogulescu, supervising attorney at the Trafficking Victims Advocacy Project at the Legal Aid Society
  • John Temple, attorney-in-charge at the Human Trafficking Program at the New York County District Attorney’s Office

Register for the event.  Read more….

NYATN Hosts Convening to Discuss Common Sense Solutions

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New York Anti-Trafficking NetworkOn November 7th, NYATN hosted a convening on trafficking, focused on human rights approaches, long-term prevention, and common sense solutions in anti-trafficking campaigns.  The group included leaders, advocates, academics, and journalists in the anti-trafficking, anti-domestic violence, civil liberties, workers’ rights, sex workers’ rights, women’s rights, and human rights fields.  The group developed new ideas on solutions and narratives to apply in anti-trafficking work.

NYATN is Co-sponsoring a Panel on “New Trends in Human Trafficking: Legislative, Victim Advocacy and Prosecutorial Updates”

On October 30th, the City Bar Justice Center will host a panel, “New Trends in Human Trafficking: Legislative, Victim Advocacy and Prosecutorial Updates,” from 6 to 8 pm.

Featured speakers include:

Sienna Baskin, Co-Director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center

Laura Matthews-Jolly, Staff Attorney at Immigrant Women & Children Project at the City Bar Justice Center

Kate Mogulescu, Supervising Attorney of Trafficking Victims Advocacy Project at the Legal Aid Society

John Temple, Attorney-in-Charge of Human Trafficking Program at the Manhattan DA’s Office

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

Space is limited.  Kindly RSVP by October 25, 2013 with your name and your organization to lmatthews-jolly@nycbar.org.  For more details….

NYATN will speak at the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights at the United Nations

On October 3, 2013 at 3 pm, members of NYATN will speak at the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights at the United Nations.

Unpacking the Migration/Trafficking Nexus: A Critique of Criminalization and Law-Enforcement Responses to Trafficking in Persons

At the international level and in many States, the legal response to trafficking in persons is focused on criminal justice and law enforcement, at the expense of human rights and the rights and well being of the victims of trafficking. Law enforcement tactics such as raids often frighten the people they are intended to help (by removing them from coercive situations), and often result in detention and ultimately, deportation. Increasingly, human rights defenders and activists worldwide are calling attention to anti-trafficking measures are not only not effective, they are leading to further human rights violations – of people who are trafficked and other workers and migrants who are caught up in the anti-trafficking response. It is critical that anti-trafficking measures put the needs of the people they are intended to protect first.

This session will explore analysis of the human rights impact of anti-trafficking programmes that are focused on a law-enforcement response rather than a human rights response. It will look at what we need to learn from survivors of trafficking and explore strategies by which we can support all actors in the anti-trafficking response – to stop the emphasis on “doing more” and instead focus on “doing well” and actually address the needs of trafficking survivors and others affected by anti-trafficking laws and policies, not just the hype.

Speakers:

  • Bandana Pattanaik, Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women-International Secretariat, Bangkok
  • Sienna Baskin, Sex Workers Project, at the Urban Justice Center, New York
  • Avaloy Lanning, Safe Horizon, New York
  • Florrie Burke, Freedom Network USA, Chair Emeritus
  • Ivy O. Suriyopas, Anti-Trafficking Initiative, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), and Co-chair, Freedom Network USA
  • Suzanne Tomatore, Immigrant Women & Children Project City Bar Justice Center, New York, and Co-chair, Freedom Network USA

Sponsors

Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW)

WGMWG

United Methodist Women

Flyer for the event….

More details….

NYATN member comments on Operation Cross Country

NYATN member Sienna Baskin, co-director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, responds in the U.S. News & World Report‘s piece, “Some Child Sex Trafficking Victims ‘Rescued’ by Recent FBI Sting Could End Up in Jail,” about Operation Cross Country, in which 105 young people in the sex trade were identified after a multi-city law enforcement action.  She says: “It seems like they’re treating the arrest of minors as an acceptable collateral consequence of this operation. But arrest is a very traumatic experience that can lead to abuses for both adults and minors.”  Read more….

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