March 13, 2013
UPCOMING NYSATC MEETINGS
March 13, 2013; New York, NY: 4PM at the MetLife Building
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 email@example.com 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/
Or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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