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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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New York City Bar has released its memorandum on the New York Women’s Equality Act

The New York City Bar has released its memorandum on the New York Women’s Equality Act (A.8070), including its analysis of “Part H – Strengthening Sex Trafficking Laws.”  The City Bar’s Committee on Sex and Law supports the greater emphasis on services for trafficked persons, the creation of an affirmative defense where the defendant’s participation was a result of having been a victim of sex trafficking, and the raising of the penalty for labor trafficking to a B felony.  The Committee also noted that Assembly Member Joseph Lentol’s bill, A.7474, creates a private right of action for trafficked persons to seek compensation as well as a right to counsel for trafficked persons seeking to vacate convictions from their criminal records.  Read more.

Read more about NYATN’s memorandum in support of A.M. Lentol’s bill, A.7474.  Please consider signing on.

Read more about NYATN’s memorandum and recommendations on how to make the Women’s Equality Act successful.

NYATN presents its Memorandum on the Women’s Equality Agenda and the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act

In light of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s formal introduction of the Women’s Equality Act bill (A.8070), the NY Anti-Trafficking Network presents its Memorandum on the Women’s Equality Agenda and the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act, which specifically addresses the anti-trafficking provisions of the bill.  The WEA bill largely adopts portions from Assemblymember Amy Paulin’s Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act bill (A.2240A), which is sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza in the Senate (S.2135A).  As the first coalition of legal and social service organizations in New York that provides services to, and advocates for the rights of, trafficking survivors, we hope that our concerns and recommendations will contribute to the dialogue and provide vital information regarding the needs of survivors of human trafficking.  Read more.

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