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2017 Spring Conference

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Monday May 1, 2017 – Tuesday May 2, 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.

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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.

Fall Conference 2016

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Saturday November 19, 2016 – Saturday November 19, 2016

25 Chapel Street

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Please join us for Fall Conference 2016!

The NYSPAC 2016 Fall Conference will take place on Saturday, November 19 at the Hampton Inn Downtown in Albany, New York. All NYSPAC member leagues are encouraged to attend! The conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. for check-in and end promptly at 3:00 p.m. A room block at the Hampton Inn for November 18 is being held until October 21, at a discount rate of $119. Please call the hotel directly to book your room (518-432-7000). Leagues are responsible for their own hotel charges.

If your league would like to submit an issue for advocacy consideration, forms to do so are available at this link. Please remember that all leagues have one vote towards issue selection at Fall Conference. YOU MUST SUBMIT ALL ISSUES IN ADVANCE NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 30, 2016.

Payment of registration fee — $125 per registrant — is due by Friday, November 11 2016.  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.

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Spring Conference 2016

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Monday April 11, 2016 – Tuesday April 12, 2016

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Please join us for NYSPAC Spring Conference 2016!

Our Spring Conference training day is Monday, May 9, 2016. It will be held in the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in downtown Albany, NY.

The advocacy and lobby meeting day is Tuesday, May 10, 2016. We will also meeting in the LOB building for our legislative appointments.

Please register no later by May 5, 2016.

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 May 5, 2016. 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 Rose at rose.feor@gmail.com.

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Fall Conference 2015

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Saturday November 14, 2015 – Saturday November 14, 2015

74 State Street

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Welcome to Fall Conference 2015! Registration is now open.

Conference check-in begins at 9:30AM through 10:00AM on November 14.  Conference will begin at 10:00AM sharp.

Special hotel room conference rates are available. Please contact the hotel to book:  (518) 434-7410

Payment of registration fee — $125 per registrant — is due by Friday, November 6 2014.  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.

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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.

NYSPAC Fall Conference 2014

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Saturday November 8, 2014 – Saturday November 8, 2014

74 State Street

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Registration begins at 9:30AM through 10:00AM.  Conference will begin at 10:00AM sharp.

Special hotel room conference rates are available for $139 per night. Please contact the hotel to book:  (518) 434-7410

Payment of registration fee — $125 per registrant — is due by Saturday, November 1 2014.  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.

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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