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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