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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

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