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Special Rapporteur on Trafficking Critiques U.S. Approach to Arrests

NYATN worked with the U.S. Human Rights Network and other anti-trafficking organizations, as well as sex workers rights groups, when the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking came to the United States in December 2016 to take a look at how our governments address human trafficking. We join the USHRN in their statement commending the Special Rapporteur on her report and noting that she could can go even further in supporting the human rights of trafficked persons.

In the statement, NYATN notes: The NY Anti-Trafficking Network applauds the Special Rapporteur for recognizing that ‘criminalisation of prostitution also contribute(s) to vulnerabilities to human trafficking’ and recognizes the need for vacatur of criminal convictions. Arrest is never an appropriate way to try to help someone who may be a trafficking survivor, as it only further drives them into vulnerable situations, creates trauma and chaos in a person’s life, and adds an additional layer of complex legal consequences to their already complicated and difficult situation.”

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Women’s Rights in Sustainable Development: The New Legal Frontiers

NYATN Steering Committee member Suzanne Tomatore will be speaking on a panel entitled “Women’s Rights in Sustainable Development: The New Legal Frontiers” which will take place during the second week of the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW60). The event is free and no pass is necessary. Speakers include Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, Prof. Cynthia Soohoo, Director, Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic, CUNY School of Law, HE Mrs. Toyin Saraki, Founder and Director, The Wellbeing Foundation of Africa, Deborah Enix-Ross, Chair, Business and Human Rights Project of the ABA Center for Human Rights, and Suzanne Tomatore, Director, Immigrant Women & Children Project, City Bar Justice Center. The panel will take place on March 24, 2016 from 8:30 AM-10:00 AM at the Church Center for the United Nations, 2nd fl., 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017.

The event is sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of International Law, Section of International Law Women’s Interest Network, Section of International Law NGO & Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee and Transnational Legal Practice Committee.

Human Rights and Trafficking in Persons: Empowering Women to Address Poverty

Please save the date for our upcoming panel at the Commission on the Status of Women, “Human Rights and Trafficking in Persons: Empowering Women to Address Poverty”. The panel will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 6:15 PM in midtown Manhattan. More information to follow soon. To reserve a ticket, please click here.

UN Session on the Commission on the Status of Women: Current Challenges in Combating Human Trafficking

Updated 3.16.15

NYATN will present parallel event, “Current Challenges in Combating Human Trafficking 20 Years After the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action,” at the United Nations 59th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women. Twenty years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, human trafficking continues to be pervasive around the world. Women and girls, in particular, are vulnerable to human trafficking in a variety of sectors, and they experience coercion, abuse, and a climate of fear in their work. This panel will feature discussion by anti-trafficking experts as they examine the challenges in implementation of human rights-based, long-term actions by governments, NGOs, and other stakeholders. Particular attention will be paid to current anti-trafficking strategies in the U.S., including around prostitution and commercial sex, from a human rights perspective. Speakers:

  • MARY CAPARAS, New York Asian Women’s Center
  • KATE MOGULESCU, Legal Aid Society
  • KATE SHEILL, Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women
  • IVY SURIYOPAS, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

March 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, 8th Fl., Boss Room Space is limited.  Please RSVP to register. Cosponsors with NYATN include: Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, City Bar Justice Center, Legal Aid Society, New York Asian Women’s Center, The Seltzer Firm, and Sex Workers Project at Urban Justice Center Previous CSW Parallel Events include:

NYATN to Present at 57th Session of the UN’s Annual Commission on the Status of Women

For the fifth consecutive year, NYATN will present an NGO Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Forum Parallel Event in March in honor of Women’s History Month.  Last year, we presented on “Women’s Economic Opportunity: A Solution for Trafficking in Persons.”  Our event will take place on March 7th at 8:30 am in New York (note time change).  Additional details to be announced.

NYATN member Sex Workers Project joins letter to United Nations demanding the US stop criminalizing human trafficking survivors

The Human Rights Committee of the United Nations monitors state compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), one of the three human rights treaties that the US has ratified. In this fourth review of US compliance, civil society is submitting letters raising human rights concerns that are not adequately addressed in the U.S.’s self-reporting.

In a letter by the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at the City University of New York School of Law, the Sex Workers Project, and the Legal Aid Society, and we note that in the United States, victims of human trafficking are often “arrested, detained, and prosecuted, and then burdened with the stigma and collateral harms of having a criminal record—all for having engaged in criminal acts that they are forced into by their traffickers… The failure to take adequate steps to prevent criminalization of trafficked persons violates the U.S.’s obligations under the ICCPR.”

The Sex Workers Project will work with these partners to engage with the Human Rights Committee process over the next year, holding the US accountable and spreading the message about effective criminal justice remedies for survivors of trafficking.

NYATN’s Women’s History Month Presentation – “Women’s Economic Opportunity: A Solution for Trafficking in Persons”

NYATN presents “Women’s Economic Opportunity: A Solution for Trafficking in Persons“ at the 56th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Photo by Laura Matthews-Jolly

NYATN presents “Women’s Economic Opportunity: A Solution for Trafficking in Persons“ at the 56th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Photo by Laura Matthews-Jolly

NYATN presents “Women’s Economic Opportunity: A Solution for Trafficking in Persons“ at the 56th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

NYATN presents “Women’s Economic Opportunity: A Solution for Trafficking in Persons“ at the 56th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

On March 6, 2012, in honor of Women’s History Month, NYATN presented Women’s Economic Opportunity: A Solution for Trafficking in Persons at the 56th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

United Nations Church Center

777 United Nations Plaza, 44th St & 1st Ave

This was the 4th year that NYATN will present for the CSW.  Previous topics included:

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