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Spring Conference 2017

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Please join us for NYSPAC Spring Conference 2017

Our Spring Conference training day is Monday, May 1, 2017. It will be held in the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in downtown Albany, NY.

The advocacy and lobby meeting day is Tuesday, May 2, 2017. We will also be meeting in the LOB for our legislative appointments.

Please register no later by April 27, 2017.

We strongly encourage delegates to attend both the training day as well as the legislative appointment day. Please note that you do need to register, even if you are only attending the Tuesday session.

Payment of registration fee — $125 per registrant —is due April 27, 2017. Please send payment to: Susan Marlette, NYSPAC Treasurer, at 201B Green Street, Schenectady, NY 12305. Please contact Susan at marlette.susan@gmail.com with any billing questions.

If you have questions, please contact NYSPAC Chairwoman Katelyn at ktegalbraith@gmail.com.

NYSPAC Announces Support for Paid Family Leave Insurance

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NYSPAC is proud to support the Paid Family Leave Act (PFLA), which closes gaps in our state’s existing family leave policies. While New York, and the United States, has made great strides in securing worker’s rights, the country remains the only industrialized nation to fail to guarantee workers paid family leave. Existing legislation, namely the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), still has many gaps, including the fact that more than 40% of workers are ineligible for FMLA leave. In addition, since FMLA is unpaid, many of our state’s workers cannot afford to take advantage of their rights under this statue due to tough economic conditions. The notion of “work-life” and “work-family” balance is quickly becoming a fleeting possibility for our labor force, while the need has become ever more immediate.

To read NYSPAC’s full position statement regarding the PFLA, please click here: NYSPAC Position Statement_PFLI.

Announcing New York’s New Abolitionists

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ANNOUNCING THE NEW YORK STATE ANTI-TRAFFICKING COALITION’S NEW ABOLITIONISTS!

WHEN PEOPLE THINK OF ABOLITIONIST LEADERS IN NEW YORK STATE, NAMES OF 19TH CENTURY ICONS LIKE FREDERICK DOUGLASS, HARRIET TUBMAN, AND ELIZABETH CADY STANTON COME TO MIND. BUT NEW YORK STATE HAS A NEW GENERATION OF 21ST CENTURY ABOLITIONISTS—WOMEN AND MEN COMMITTED TO ENDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING—HERE IN NEW YORK AND EVERYWHERE. THIS PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT CELEBRATES OUR STATE’S NEW ABOLITIONISTS.
WHO ARE THEY?
YOU MAY BE SURPRISED.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE INCREDIBLE PHOTOS OF THESE INCREDIBLE PEOPLE.

NYSATC wishes to extend a huge thank you to the 54 men and women who joined the ranks of New York’s New Abolitionists and agreed to be included in the portrait gallery.  This photography project would also not have been possible without the generous support of  Lynn and John Savarese and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and the masterful workmanship of Carl Saytor at Luxlab, a premier printing and development firm.

NYS ANTI-TRAFFICKING COALITION NEWSLETTER, ISSUE #12

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NYS ANTI-TRAFFICKING COALITION NEWSLETTER, ISSUE #12
March 21, 2013

Follow Us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nys_atc
‘Like’ Us on Facebook: New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition

UPCOMING NYSATC MEETINGS

April 17, 2013; New York, NY: 4PM. Sanctuary For Families  (Please note location change!)

May 15, 2013; New York, NY: 4PM. MetLife Building (Please note date change!)

Please RSVP for our ALBANY TVPJA Lobby Days April 23 and May 21: http://tinyurl.com/azuflb2

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 23, 2013; Albany, NY: 2-3:30PM. The Hispanic Coalition NY is hosting a workshop, “Human Trafficking: Its Impact in the Hispanic/Latino Community in New York State.” The event is sponsored by the Lebron Group, LLC and will be held at The New York State Museum; 260 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY. This event is free and open to the public.
RSVP/More info: http://www.hcnewyork.com/human-trafficking-workshop.html

April 19, 2013; New York, NY: 9AM-3PM. The Jacob Burns Center for Ethics in the Practice of Law, Cardozo Law Review and New York Center for Juvenile Justice invite you to attend “In Search of Meaningful Systemic Justice for Adolescents in New York.” To be held at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 55 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.

April 22, 2013; New York, NY: 8:30AM-5:00PM. Join the UJA-Federation of New York’s Task Force on Family Violence for “We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Human Trafficking.”
To register, please contact Lydmila Liberchuk at liberchuckl@ujafedny.org or call 212-836-1633
For further details, including featured speakers, location, and ticket information: 
http://tinyurl.com/bewxrsb

June 5, 2013; New York, NY:  9AM-4PM at Baruch College, Mason Hall. The Trauma Stewardship Institute invites you for a day of “Transforming Trauma,” a day of raising awareness on how to live and work sustainably.
For more info: http://traumastewardship.com/nyc
Or e-mail: support@traumastewardship.com

LOCAL TRAFFICKING REPORTS

March 15, 2013; Syracuse, NY: “Groups Rally For Anti-Trafficking Laws”
The New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition and the Spanish Action League urged community leaders and state legislators to pass the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/amrn5wg

NATIONAL TRAFFICKING REPORTS

March 21, 2013; Austin, TX: “Truck Stop Points to Human Trafficking”
After Austin police pulled over a truck on a tip, the driver and passenger fled, leaving 13 people in the truck, some of whom were hidden in the back. The Department of Public Safety is now working with the US Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to figure out whether this is a human and/or drug trafficking case.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/brf5w49

March 20,2013; San Francisco, CA: “Editorial: Another Way To Stop Human Trafficking”
An editorial lauding San Francisco’s new policy requiring hotel clerks to obtain basic guest information to assist police when investigating human trafficking related crimes.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cl528my

March 20, 2013; Austin, TX: “Human Trafficking Bill Heard In House”
The proposed bill that would crack down on human trafficking and offer greater protection and services to victims had a hearing on Monday, May 18, 2013.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cuog6lq

March 19, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK: “OK Senate Committee Approves Two Human Trafficking Bills”
The Oklahoma Senate Judiciary has approved a pair of bills related to human trafficking that are now in the hands of the full Senate for passage.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cz4wr82

March 17, 2013; Savannah, GA: “Human Trafficking Number Added To Hotel Soap During St. Pat’s Weekend”
The Savannah Working Against Human Trafficking organization went to work in advance of St. Patrick’s Day weekend, labeling hotel soaps with the national human trafficking phone number.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bobb365 

March 15, 2013; Milwaukee, WI: “Two Men Charged In Human Trafficking Case Involving Girl In Milwaukee”
Two Milwaukee men face several criminal charges, including human trafficking, kidnapping, soliciting a child for prostitution and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Full article: http://tinyurl.com/aft2apc

March 14, 2013; USA: “Sex Trafficking, Child Exploitation Case Connected to Herndon”
A Georgia man pleaded guilty to running a prostitution ring including juvenile girls from Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/c4wqwja

March 13, 2013; Portland, ME: “Accused Zumba Madam Fails To Reach Plea Agreement”
Alexis Wright, Zumba instructor, charged with running a prostitution ring out of her studio, has failed to strike a deal with Maine’s prosecution office.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/c3spyao

March 13, 2013; Lansing, MI: “Michigan AG To Lead Human Trafficking Commission”
Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the creation of the Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking. The Commission includes lawmakers, activists and law enforcement working together to review current state policies, victim services as well as strategizing on raising awareness around the issue.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b38983t

March 13, 2013; San Francisco, CA: “Proposed Ordinance Aims To Fight Human Trafficking at Local Motels”
A proposed ordinance designed to fight human trafficking would force local motels to obtain information of their guests.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/d4glxtk

March 13, 2013; Sacramento, CA: “Sacramento Second Worst City in US Among Human Trafficking”
Sacramento is one of the top five cities in the country suffering from human trafficking and sadly, it shows no signs of slowing down.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cducp74

INTERNATIONAL TRAFFICKING DEVELOPMENTS

March 21, 2013; Norway: “Norway is More Popular for Human Traffickers”
Law enforcement officials in Norway have set up a special group to identify, combat and prevent the trafficking of individuals into the country.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cm8t5wr

March 20, 2013; Suva, Fiji: “Fijians Maybe Involved In Human Trafficking Overseas”
The Fiji Financial Intelligence Unit suspects people from Fiji may be involved in human trafficking, prostitution and other crimes committed abroad.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/c35sfjl

March 15, 2013; Romania: “Romanian Boxers Accused of Human Trafficking”
Several Romanian boxers have been charged with human trafficking. It is alleged that two boxers and their coach recruited boys whom were subsequently taken to Germany for sexual exploitation.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/d25stk6

March 13, 2013; Khartoum, Indonesia: “Sudan Will Soon Pass Law to Combat Human Trafficking: MP”
The Sudanese Parliament expects to receive a draft bill from the cabinet containing harsher penalties for those involved with human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bl8jyoj

March 13, 2013; Camp Olivas, Australia: “Australian, Girl Nabbed for Human Trafficking”
Police arrested an Australian man and a woman thought to be his accomplice inside their rented hotel room in Mabalcat City after receiving multiple tips that minor girls were frequently spotted coming in and out in pairs from that same hotel.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ceehhvu

NYS ANTI-TRAFFICKING COALITION NEWSLETTER, ISSUE #11

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March 13, 2013

Follow Us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/nys_atc
‘Like’ Us on Facebook: New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition

 

UPCOMING NYSATC MEETINGS

March 13, 2013; New York, NY: 4PM at the MetLife Building

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 20, 2013; New York, NY: 8:30AM-1:00PM; SisterLink invites you to attend their Final Forum to celebrate the successes and contributions towards ensuring high risk pregnant women in Northern Manhattan received medical and supportive services. To be held at The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 5th Avenue at 103rd Street, 10029.
RSVP/More info: http://tinyurl.com/cqn5dln

April 19, 2013; New York, NY: 9AM-3PM. The Jacob Burns Center for Ethics in the Practice of Law, Cardozo Law Review and New York Center for Juvenile Justice invite you to attend “In Search of Meaningful Systemic Justice for Adolescents in New York.” To be held at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 55 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.

April 22, 2013; New York, NY: 8:30AM-5:00PM. Join the UJA-Federation of New York’s Task Force on Family Violence for “We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Human Trafficking.”
To register, please contact Lydmila Liberchuk at liberchuckl@ujafedny.org or call 212-836-1633
For further details, including featured speakers, location, and ticket information: 
http://tinyurl.com/bewxrsb

June 5, 2013; New York, NY:  9AM-4PM at Baruch College, Mason Hall. The Trauma Stewardship Institute invites you for a day of “Transforming Trauma,” a day of raising awareness on how to live and work sustainably.
For more info: http://traumastewardship.com/nyc
Or e-mail: support@traumastewardship.com

LOCAL TRAFFICKING REPORTS

March 5, 2013; New York City: “To The NYPD, Condom Possession Means You Are A ‘Prostitute’”
The NYPD uses possession of condoms as justification for many prostitution-related arrests.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/a9bnrf8

NATIONAL TRAFFICKING REPORTS

March 12, 2013; Tulsa, OK: “8 Sentenced in Oklahoma Human Trafficking Case”
Federal agents in Tulsa have sentenced eight individuals to prison terms for their respective roles in a far-reaching human trafficking case spanning several cities.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/acwe5uw

March 12, 2013; San Francisco, CA: “San Francisco Police Make Arrest in Human Trafficking Sting”
SFPD busted two men for sex trafficking related charges.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/auvrcj6

March 10, 2013; Hartford, CT: “Proposal Increases Penalties For Human, Sex Trafficking”
The CT state legislature has followed the lead of many fellow states, proposing increased penalties for those convicted of sex trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/au98eyv

March 8, 2013; Oxnard, CA: “Oxnard Marchers, Panel Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking”
At the Stop Human Trafficking Event in Oxnard, CA, community members, assemblymen, District Attorney Greg Totten, a member of the US Department of Homeland Security and others came out to raise awareness about human trafficking and host a panel discussion regarding pending legislation designed to further combat human trafficking and pointed to public support for ending the problem.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b3lk394

March 8, 2013; Cleveland, OH: “Fight Against Human Trafficking Goes From Street to Stage”
The Cleveland-based Renee Jones Empowerment Center held a fundraiser calling for the end of violence against women at the 14th Street Theater at Playhouse Square.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b4ftw66

March 8, 2013; San Antonio, TX: “Man Arrested In Human Trafficking Case Now Charged With Murder”
43-year old Glen Dukes has been held in the Bexar County Jail since early February on several charges related to human trafficking. He was charged with capital murder of 24 year-old woman, Jacqueline Johnson on Friday, March 8, 2013
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bdc2bwm

March 8, 2013; Washington, DC: “Passage of Human Trafficking Bill Sends Clear Message”
The renewal of the TVPA is important legislation that will increase protection for women threatened by domestic violence. The TVPA will also serve as a fundamental tool in combating human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bdfcegm

March 7, 2013; Detroit, MI: “Hidden Victims: Human Trafficking Hits Close to Home”
In raising awareness about sex trafficking, a spotlight needs to be placed on the common misconception that trafficked individuals are willing participants.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ad4p5ex

March 7, 2013; Cleveland, OH: “Human Trafficking: Cleveland Man Charged With Engaging in Illegal Sex Acts With Minors Overseas”
A 55 year-old Cleveland resident has been charged with engaging in illegal sexual activity with minors overseas.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ahsc26s

March 7, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT: “Human Trafficking Bill Advances”
A bill that would provide law enforcement and prosecutors with more tools to combat human trafficking passed a House committee unanimously.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/aska97j

March 7, 2013; Frankfort, KY: “Kentucky Senate Passes Tougher Penalties For Human Traffickers, Safe Harbor for Victims”
The Kentucky Senate passed a bill which toughens penalties for human trafficking and provides treatment rather than criminalization for children whom are victims of trafficking.
Full article: 
http://tinyurl.com/bheqrrd

March 6, 2013; Portland, ME: “Insurance Agent Convicted in Zumba Prostitution Case”
A Maine jury convicted Mark Strong of promoting a prostitution business centered at a Zumba exercise studio.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/aqgcuy8

INTERNATIONAL TRAFFICKING DEVELOPMENTS

March 13, 2013; Batam, Indonesia: “Batam Legislators Pass Bill on Human Trafficking”
The Batam Legislative Council passed a bill to eliminate human trafficking in the city’s entertainment industry. The bill requires that all participants within the Batam entertainment industry and/or agencies that recruit workers for the industry must provide letters stating the origins of a worker.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cmuz23 

March 8, 2013; New Delhi, India: “Provisions On Trafficking Not Part of Ordinance”
The Indian government’s proposed Criminal Laws Amendment Bill would have expanded the scope of a section of the Indian Penal Code criminalizing the human trafficking to include harsher penalties who employ trafficked persons. This government decided not to adopt these changes on the grounds that they are not directly related to sexual assault.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/byxunw 

March 8, 2013; Beijng, China: “China Seeks Crackdown on Human Trafficking”
China’s General Office of the State Council is calling for an action plan to prevent the very serious problem of human trafficking; particularly of the country’s young, poor women.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/a4rvyka

March 8, 2013; Altamira, Brazil: “Human Trafficking and Prostitution Scandal Threatens Belo Monte Dam”
Brazil’s Parliamentary Commission on Human Trafficking (CPI) announced its summoning of the President of a dam-building consortium to explain its relationship to a nightclub where women and an adolescent girl were held hostage and forced into prostitution before being freed.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/az8td8h

March 8, 2013; International: “International Women’s Day 2013: 7 Sadly Disturbing Truths About Women’s Bodies (How You Can Help)”
The Huffington Post has published an article celebrating the many accomplishments women worldwide continue to make while reminding us that women still face horrifying abuse and health risk, including making up about 98 percent of people trafficked globally.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ba7v3sd

March 7, 2013; American Samoa: “American Samoa Looks to Criminalize Human Trafficking”
Lawmakers in American Samoa introduced the “Anti-Human Trafficking and Involuntary Servitude” bill in the House. The bill defines and prohibits criminal conduct regarding human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/aqfdzab

March 6, 2013; Germany: “German Job Center Under Fire For Prostitution Ad Promoted on Website”
The Federal Employment Agency Office in Dusseldorf, Germany, is under fire for an online advertisement offering employment as a prostitute.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/alcctc7

March 6, 2013; London, UK: “London Police, Social Workers Get Trained to Spot Human Trafficking Victims”
For the first time, London police, with assistance of local social agencies and health care providers are being trained on how to identify victims of human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/c88yebh

Housing Protections Fall Short for Domestic Violence Survivors

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States Must Act to Fill Gap in Federal Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 14, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) – One week after President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Act, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty has released a new report showing that state action is still urgently needed to prevent homelessness for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

In some areas of the country, one in four homeless adults report domestic violence as a cause of their homelessness.  Moreover, between 50 and 100 percent of homeless women nationwide have experienced domestic or sexual violence at some point in their lives.  Theres No Place Like Home provides a comprehensive examination of the canon of state laws designed to address housing instability for survivors.

The federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), signed into law on March 7 following advocacy by the Law Center, includes numerous housing protections for survivors living in public and Section 8 housing, as well as all housing programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, USDA, and Low-Income HousingTax Credit (LIHTC) program.  These protections include the rights to early lease termination, emergency transfer, and freedom from discrimination based on their status as survivors.

Unfortunately, VAWAs protections do not apply to private housing, meaning that without strong state laws, survivors are faced with the horrifying choice of remaining with an abuser or ending up on the street, said Maria Foscarinis, executive director of the Law Center.  Many states have taken action, but much more must be done.

Theres No Place Like Home outlines legislation in all 50 states covering 16 types of housing protections, including: prohibitions against housing discrimination against victims of abuse; provisions allowing a battered tenant to terminate a lease early to flee violence; and provisions that protect the confidentiality of domestic violence victims housing records; among others.  In addition to examining the laws in each state, the guide highlights particularly noteworthy statutes in each area of concern.

Were pleased to see that the majority of states have enacted some type of housing protection for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, said Lisa Coleman, the Law Centers domestic violence attorney.  However, few states have enacted legislation on critical protections that often make all the difference in promoting housing stability for survivorsincluding providing for the right to take off work to seek safe housing.  The law is moving in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go.  We urge legislators at all levels of government to step up to the plate and solve this problem.

To read the report, click here.

The Law Center is hosting a free webinar to discuss the report April 4, 2013 from 2-3 p.m. EST. To register, click here.

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty is a leader in the movement to prevent and end homelessness. To achieve its goal, the Law Center uses three main strategies: policy advocacy, public education, and impact litigation.

Contact:
Robert Bennett
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Anti-Trafficking Events, Week of 2/13/13

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NYS ANTI-TRAFFICKING COALITION NEWSLETTER, ISSUE #8
February 13, 2013

LOBBY DAYS/ENDORSEMENTS

We will be having three lobby days in Albany this spring.
· The first, on Tuesday, March 12th, will be to advocate for funding for trafficked minors under the Safe Harbor Act.

· The other two lobby days, April 23rd and May 21st will be to advocate for passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (TVPJA).

· Please click this link to RSVP to any/all of the upcoming lobby days: http://tinyurl.com/azuflb2

· Click this link to include your organization as part of the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition: http://tinyurl.com/ayax8lp

· Fill out this form for your organization to endorse the TVPJA: http://tinyurl.com/a2vcnp4

UPCOMING NYSATC MEETINGS

March 13, 2013; New York, NY: 4pm at the MetLife Building

March 15, 2013; Syracuse, NY: 1pm NYSATC Meeting Hosted by the Junior League of Syracuse. If you wish to attend this event, please send an RSVP to: nysatc@gmail.com with the Subject Line: “March 15 JLS RSVP”

UPCOMING EVENTS
February 14, 2013; One Million Rising invites you to sign up at http://onebillionrising.org and participate in the global effort to end violence against women and girls.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

OCFS has posted the proposals for use of Safe Harbor funds from Earie, Monroe and Westchester County: http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/Safe%20Harbour%20Project/default.asp

New York City’s proposal, from ACS, is attached to this e-mail.

LOCAL TRAFFICKING REPORTS
February 4, 2013; New York State: “Advocates Look to Strengthen NYS Human Trafficking Laws”
Governor Andrew Cuomo and groups such as NOW-NYC and the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition, are working in tandem to strengthen the state’s trafficking laws.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/a8w777k

February 4, 2013; New York State: “Victims of Human Trafficking Can Vacate Convictions in NY”
A brief overview of current NY legislation enacted to clear the criminal records of victims of human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/abmvbfn

February 4, 2013; New York State: “Capitol Exhibit Honors New York Abolitionists”
“From Slavery to Citizenship: The African American Experience in New York 1817-1872,” is a recently opened exhibit chronicling contributions of black abolitionist New Yorkers during and after the Civil War.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b2ownjc

February 1, 2013; Staten Island, NY: “Human Trafficking in New York: The Rescue of a Pinay Nanny”
Hurricane Sandy’s chaos made 52 year old trafficking victim’s escape possible.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/culvlcc

NATIONAL TRAFFICKING REPORTS
February 8, 2013; Little Rock, AK: “House Approves Human Trafficking Bill”
The Arkansas House voted unanimously to approve a bill intended to toughen the state’s law against human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/aqqof7v

February 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA: “Man Gets 40 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking”
A Florida man was sentenced to 40 years in prison for sex trafficking charges.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bbwyqtd

February 6, 2013; USA: “Circuit Declines En Banc Hearing in Child Pornography Case”
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has refused to hold a rehearing of a controversial sentence handed down to a field hockey coach for possession and attempted production of child pornography.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/azp8obr

February 4, 2013; USA: “There Is No Feminist War on Sex Workers”
Meghan Murphy refutes claims that feminists are enemies of prostitutes.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/a76ukhh

February 3, 2013; USA: “Super Bowl Is Single Largest Human Trafficking Incident in US: Attorney General”
Article featuring Greg Abbott, TX Attorney General, Stephanie Kilper of Operation Freedom Taskforce and Forbes discuss why the Super Bowl and other major sporting events attract large scale human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/aozsx2p

February 1, 2013; USA: “States Need to Recognize That Kids Caught in Human Trafficking Are Not Criminals”
An Op-Ed about the need for increased state adoption of Safe Harbor laws to protect trafficked children, rather than re-victimize them.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/az6u9jv

February 1, 2013; Lehigh Valley, PA: “Sex Trafficking Documentary Highlights Widespread Issue”
A campus group raises awareness about human trafficking through screening GEMS produced documentary, “Very Young Girls.”
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bfl6mfy

January 27, 2013; Westport, CT: “71 Year Old Woman Accused of Prostitution”
Local police arrested a 71 year-old woman for alleged prostitution.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/aakplqb

INTERNATIONAL TRAFFICKING DEVELOPMENTS
January 31, 2013; International: “Human Trafficking-Articles of Interest-Learn More”
Pace Criminal Justice Center has compiled a list of relevant local, national and international new articles, law review articles and decisions regarding human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bzf9jkv

New Rule on School Vending Machines

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A new rule for snack food
Federal rule puts limits on school sales of junk food
By Scott Waldman

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

First they came for the cheeseburger. Now they’re coming for the Doritos. The schoolhouse is increasingly seen as a significant source of empty calories for children. A new federal mandate has made school lunches healthier and full of vegetables, not sugar and salt. But in many school cafeterias, vending machines offer ice cream sandwiches, soda and potato chips that derail the nutritious options.

Now, a new set of rules issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture will eliminate the sale of all junk food sold in schools during the day. The ruling is part of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Schools Act that reforms child nutrition standards. It was sponsored by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
“If our children are going to succeed and meet their full potential in the classroom, they need access to healthy meals in the lunchroom,” she said in a statement. “Eliminating junk food from schools and offering healthier snacks is the right thing to do to keep our children healthy and on a path to success.”

The new rules are the first major vending machine nutritional rules in more than 30 years, a time that has seen a major increase in the
variety and availability of snacks. Many U.S. children eat more than half their calories at school. One-third are overweight or obese.
Each year, children consume 400 billion calories of junk food in school, the equivalent of 2 billion candy bars, according to Mission
Readiness, a group of retired generals that supports the more stringent USDA rules. That’s the equivalent of 2 billion candy bars, which is enough to encircle the globe more than six times, the group found. It’s also part of the reason why one in four young people are too overweight to join the military.

The rules pertain to some 50 million children attending more than 100,000 schools that are part of the school lunch program that sets strict federal guidelines to address the epidemic of childhood obesity. Some of the rules include: serving larger portions of fruits and vegetables, offering dark green and deep-orange vegetables and legumes every week, using whole grains in half the grains served and reducing salt by 10 percent. The rules will not be implemented until at least the 2014-15 school year. Two local districts, Voorheesville and Niskayuna, have opted out of that program and a handful of others are considering doing the same, according to the state Education Department.

School vending machines are a source of income for schools because companies pay to have them placed in schools. In Albany, which
voluntarily increased healthier vending machines options years ago, the machines have brought in as much as $35,000 annually to
the district.  Under the new rules, the machines can only offer snacks with whole grains, low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and protein as the main ingredient. Snacks must be lower in saturated fat, sodium and sugar and contain no trans fats. They must have limits of 200 calories per portion. Children may still bring in cupcakes for their birthdays, and bake sales will not be affected by the rule change.

The rules will also apply only during the school day. Schools will be able to sell whatever they want during after-school activities and on weekends. They’re also free to create their own set of stricter rules. The Albany district has already done that and removed vending machines from every elementary and middle school, said Lisa Finkenbinder, school lunch director. She said students can buy healthy snacks in the lunch line and don’t seem to miss junk-food vending machines. With no machine there, students might be inclined to consumer fewer calories.
“The presence is sometimes the prompt to eat,” Finkenbinder said. “If it’s there, it’s tempting.”
swaldman@timesunion.com • 518-454-5080 • @518Schools

Anti-Trafficking Events week of 2/01/13

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– Compiled by the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition

UPCOMING EVENTS
February 2, 2013: Same-Sex Marriage: Law & Culture at the Time Warner Center; featuring Christine Quinn, Frank Bruni, Debra Messing and Max Mutchnick
For more info: http://www.forumonlawcultureandsociety.org/conversations/on-same-sex-marriage

February 7, 2013: Sex Work and Human Trafficking: the Difference and Why it Matters, Fordham Law School, 12:30 – 2 pm Room 302

February 14, 2013; One Million Rising invites you to sign up at http://onebillionrising.org and participate in the global effort to end violence against women and girls.

LOCAL TRAFFICKING REPORTS
January 10, 2013; Queens, NY: Human Trafficking: The Route Through Queens”
The head of the Boston Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit discusses the route taken that transports trafficked women between New York and New England.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/aryqspm

January 17, 2013; New York State: “Taking Action in the Fight Against Human Trafficking”
While commemorating Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women & Children Project hosted “Take Action: Stop Human Trafficking Now,” a panel discussion at the NYC Bar Association on January 14, 2013.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bkbjt2f

January 22, 2013; Brooklyn, NY: “Therapist Sentences to 103 Years for Child Sexual Abuse”
An unlicensed therapist, Nechemya Weberman, 54, a member of the Satmar Hasidic community of Williamsburg was sentenced to 103 years in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing a young woman. The attacks began when the victim was 12.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/aqq3le7

January 23, 2013; New York State: “Religious Sisters Leading Fight Against Human Trafficking”
Many religious sisters have embarked on ventures to end human trafficking, particularly in New York State.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/axqdybe

NATIONAL TRAFFICKING REPORTS
January 11, 2013; Chicago, IL: Research Release: Online Forums for Men Who Buy Sex in Illinois
CAASE publishes research about men who buy sex in Illinois. The study examines Johns’ discussions in online forums of the USA Sex Guide.
Full report: http://tinyurl.com/b5s4con

January 22, 2013; Alfred, ME: “Jury Selection Starts in Zumba Prostitution Case”
A judge and lawyers begin the jury selection process for the prostitution and prostitution related charges brought against the business partner of a Zumba instructor accused of using her dance studio as a front for prostitution.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ah7yr2b

January 22, 2013; USA: “Human Trafficking Still With Us 150 Years after Emancipation Proclamation”
In light of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, it is time for us to consider what actions are still needed to bring an end to human trafficking at home and abroad.
Full article: http://www.vera.org/node/6065

January 23, 2013; California: “Legislative Update: Holden Bill Fights Human Trafficking”
Assembly Bill 156 would expand current wiretapping law to include human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/aozk8fc

January 24, 2013; USA: “The Price of a Stolen Childhood”
How much can restitution help victims of child pornography?
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/byc5qd7

January 25, 2013; New Jersey: “Rutgers Graduate Presses Fight Against Human Trafficking”
Ellie Honig, deputy director of New Jersey’s Division of Criminal Justice, is focused on legislative reforms to crack down on human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bz4n3yf

January 26, 2013; Miami, FL: “School of Law Hosts Human Trafficking Conference”
UM Law School recently hosted the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Second Annual Human Trafficking Conference.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bda6uw5

January 27, 2013; Polk County, FL: “Florida’s Prostitution Buster”
Sherriff Grady Judd launches massive prostitution related stings and then posts pictures of the alleged johns on the internet. He discusses his controversial mission.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/a8zzglg

January 29, 2013; ME: “Zumba Prostitution Case Stalls in Second Week”
The trial of Zumba prostitution defendant Mark Strong has come to a halt. Judge Nancy Mills is awaiting an appeal of her decision to dismiss 46 counts against Strong.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/axldox7

January 29, 2013; USA: “Human Trafficking in The United States, More Prevalent Than You Think”
At this year’s Hispanic National Bar Association’s 2nd Annual Human Trafficking Conference; topics covered included the disproportionate affects of trafficking on minority women, many of whom are US citizens.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b8q89b2

January 29, 2013; Gulfport, MS: “More Charges in Biloxi Prostitution Case”
A federal grand jury has indicted Moonshep Kim, a 54 year old man, on new charges alleging he conspired to transport undocumented immigrant women from NY to MS; ultimately harboring them in MS for purposes of prostitution.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/a3lpkk8

January 30, 2013; USA: “Students Inspire MTV Anti-Slavery Campaign”
MTV has launched a new interactive, anti human trafficking campaign.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/akw862t

INTERNATIONAL TRAFFICKING DEVELOPMENTS
January 23, 2013; Istanbul, Turkey: “Turkey Cracks Down on Legal Brothels”
For the past year, law enforcement officials have been closing down and fining brothels in Turkey, where prostitution is legal, but soliciting and procuring are not.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/adlfkhb

January 23, 2013; New Delhi, India: “Indian Panel Pushes New Laws After Fatal Gang Rape”
The evening before a trial over a fatal gang rape that left many Indians horrified, a government panel recommended strict enforcement of sexual assault laws.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/a5ut2vx

February 1, 2013; Amsterdam, the Netherlands: “Why Even Amsterdam Doesn’t Want Legal Brothels”
The Dutch experiment in legalized prostitution has been a disaster.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/9wm2au2