NYS ANTI-TRAFFICKING COALITION NEWSLETTER, ISSUE #12
March 21, 2013
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
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.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/
Or e-mail: email@example.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