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The Village Voice quoted NYATN’s memorandum on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act bill

The Village Voice quoted NYATN’s memorandum on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act (WEA) bill in its piece, “New Yorkers Still Want the Women’s Equality Act.  But Will It Hurt Sex Workers?”  The piece posed the following questions:

“But now there’s a new concern from sex workers and their advocates: in trying to prevent human trafficking, would the WEA really just hurt prostitutes? And is the anti-trafficking provision why Assembly Republicans are suddenly so enthusiastic about the bill?”

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NYATN Will Speak at Gallatin Human Rights Conference, April 10-13th

NYATN Members Sienna Baskin and Avaloy Lanning will present at the Gallatin Human Rights Conference at NYU tonight.

Avaloy Lanning, Senior Director of Anti-Trafficking Program at Safe Horizon

Slaves of Trades: Approaches in the Human Trafficking Movement
Wednesday, April 11th, 7:00-9:00pm
Jerry H. Labowitz Theater for the Performing Arts, 1 Washington Place

Event Description: Various experts on human trafficking discuss the definition, multiple perspectives, debates, and best practices in anti-trafficking work. Current debates on Nicholas Kristof and the Village Voice be addressed in context of general and historical problems in the human trafficking movement. Questions and comments from the audience welcome.

Moderator: Sally Engle Merry, Professor of Anthropology, Law and Society, at NYU
Vibhuti Ramachandran, Ph.D. Candidate of Anthropology at NYU
Satarupa Dasgupta, Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow at NYU Nursing, Research in India on Sex Worker Collectives against Human Trafficking
Avaloy Lanning, Senior Director of Anti-Trafficking Program at Safe Horizon
Sienna Baskin, Director of Sex Workers Project at Urban Justice Center
Jennifer Lynne Musto, Visiting Lecturer of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College
Natalie Jesionka, Education and Outreach Consultant, Children’s Organization of Southeast Asia
Kate Horner, DC Stop Modern Slavery, Starlight Children’s Foundation
Ana Defillo, Student Activist
Charlotte Salasky, Director of Anti-Trafficking Programs at Somaly Mam Foundation

Event is free and open to the public. Presentations by speakers will be followed by Q&A with the audience.

SWOP Says Shutting Down Backpage is Harmful

Sex Workers Outreach Project responds to the controversy by issuing this SWOP FLYER.  An excerpt:

Sex work does NOT EQUAL Trafficking: The conflation of these issues perpetuates policies and practices that do not reflect the needs of those engaged in sex work: the willing, those doing it out of economic necessity, or those trafficked.

SWP’s Sienna Baskin Discusses How Sex Workers Have Basic Labor Rights

Sex Workers Project Co-Director Sienna Baskin addresses the attacks on Village Voice Media’s Backpage in Michelle Chen’s piece, “Making Sex Workers Visible in the Village Voice Media Ad Controversy.”  An excerpt from this In These Times article:

SWP argues “Sex work is real work, which means sex workers have the basic labor rights we all expect, including a work environment free of violence and exploitation. Targeting companies that work with people in commercial sex will only lead to more shrouded interactions. This marginalization and isolation increases violence, HIV/STI transmission and stigmatization, hinders access to basic services, and promotes a loss of autonomy over the conditions in which people engage in the industry. There is so much we can do to prevent trafficking and support people who do want to move out of the sex industry, and these tactics only pull valuable resources from those strategies.”

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