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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….

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NYATN celebrates 10 years of providing direct services to almost 1,000 survivors of human trafficking

NYATN is celebrating 10 years of providing direct services to almost 1,000 survivors of human trafficking.  We are the first in New York to promote the rights of survivors of human trafficking.  We bring together the voices of those with first-hand experience of the injustices of human trafficking, who work consistently to meet the needs of trafficked persons, and who advocate for a more rights-based and responsive policy towards trafficked persons.  Read more highlights about NYATN’s work over the past decade.  Please join us in honoring our anniversary at our Networking Breakfast in May.

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