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Suzanne Seltzer and Juhu Thukral’s “Human Rights and the Fight Against Human Trafficking”

In honor of Human Rights Day on December 10, NYATN steering members Suzanne Seltzer and Juhu Thukral have written, “Human Rights and the Fight Against Human Trafficking,” for The Huffington Post.  They write, in part, “Unfortunately, a well-meaning but misguided trend in anti-trafficking efforts hasn’t proven to help, but it has the potential to backfire and harm countless victims, survivors, and bystanders: Using sex offender registries as an anti-trafficking tool. Sex offender registries have their place in law enforcement, but human rights advocates and policymakers have been warning that over-use has been dangerous, both because they rarely protect potential victims, and they overload law enforcement agencies.”  Read more….

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NYATN Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Decision to Suspend Secure Communities

June 20, 2011-New York State, especially New York City, is a destination for trafficked persons from all over the world who are forced into various labor sectors, such as restaurant, domestic, or commercial sex work.  To address this important concern, New York State enacted the New York State Anti-Trafficking Law of 2007 (NYATL).  While the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPRA) (first passed in 2000 and later re-authorized) was very substantial, improvements still needed to be made on the state level to more effectively carry out the mission.  The NYATL was enacted to further those ends.  The dual intent behind both the federal and state laws is to serve a humanitarian need and to safeguard the public. Secure Communities contradicts the intent of these laws and further pushes trafficking victims underground. We applaud the recent effort of Governor Cuomo to suspend Secure Communities in New York State. For our fact-sheet, click here.


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