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Free CLE: Remedies for Victims of Human Trafficking

NYATN member Ivy Suriyopas, attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, will present at a free CLE on “Remedies for Victims of Human Trafficking” for the Practising Law Institute on July 9, 2013 at 1 pm.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Screening and Identification of Human Trafficking Victims
  • Forms of Immigration Relief Available for Human Trafficking Survivors
  • Additional Remedies Available Under the TVPRA of 2013

Mark you calendar and don’t miss this important Free Briefing.

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How enforcement of immigration laws could be making human trafficking tougher to detect

NYATN‘s Avaloy Lanning, senior director of Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program, and Ivy Suriyopas, director of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Anti-Trafficking Initiative, were in The U.S. News and World Report‘s “Modern Slavery Emerging from the Shadows,” by Kira Zalan.  It addresses how enforcement of immigration laws could be making human trafficking tougher to detect.

Says Lanning: “The trafficker uses [work-related visas] against [workers], [saying], if you run then you’re going to be illegal, then immigration is going to pick you up, arrest you and deport you.”

Says Suriyopas: “”Immigrant victims are not going to come forward if they fear that the NYPD or the LAPD are not going to come help them but might label them a criminal first and ask questions later.”

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The Emancipation Proclamation and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act

Update: President Obama signed the bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act on March 7, 2013.  Congress voted to reauthorize 286-138.

September 22, 2012 is the 150th anniversary of the preliminary decree for the Emancipation Proclamation.  In honor of this landmark date, NYATN members Safe Horizon and Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and ally Rabbis for Human Rights – North America wrote op-eds on the importance of reauthorizing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the cornerstone of anti-trafficking law in the United States, which outlaws human trafficking, forced labor, and involuntary servitude.

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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