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Housing Protections Fall Short for Domestic Violence Survivors

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States Must Act to Fill Gap in Federal Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 14, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) – One week after President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Act, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty has released a new report showing that state action is still urgently needed to prevent homelessness for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

In some areas of the country, one in four homeless adults report domestic violence as a cause of their homelessness.  Moreover, between 50 and 100 percent of homeless women nationwide have experienced domestic or sexual violence at some point in their lives.  Theres No Place Like Home provides a comprehensive examination of the canon of state laws designed to address housing instability for survivors.

The federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), signed into law on March 7 following advocacy by the Law Center, includes numerous housing protections for survivors living in public and Section 8 housing, as well as all housing programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, USDA, and Low-Income HousingTax Credit (LIHTC) program.  These protections include the rights to early lease termination, emergency transfer, and freedom from discrimination based on their status as survivors.

Unfortunately, VAWAs protections do not apply to private housing, meaning that without strong state laws, survivors are faced with the horrifying choice of remaining with an abuser or ending up on the street, said Maria Foscarinis, executive director of the Law Center.  Many states have taken action, but much more must be done.

Theres No Place Like Home outlines legislation in all 50 states covering 16 types of housing protections, including: prohibitions against housing discrimination against victims of abuse; provisions allowing a battered tenant to terminate a lease early to flee violence; and provisions that protect the confidentiality of domestic violence victims housing records; among others.  In addition to examining the laws in each state, the guide highlights particularly noteworthy statutes in each area of concern.

Were pleased to see that the majority of states have enacted some type of housing protection for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, said Lisa Coleman, the Law Centers domestic violence attorney.  However, few states have enacted legislation on critical protections that often make all the difference in promoting housing stability for survivorsincluding providing for the right to take off work to seek safe housing.  The law is moving in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go.  We urge legislators at all levels of government to step up to the plate and solve this problem.

To read the report, click here.

The Law Center is hosting a free webinar to discuss the report April 4, 2013 from 2-3 p.m. EST. To register, click here.

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty is a leader in the movement to prevent and end homelessness. To achieve its goal, the Law Center uses three main strategies: policy advocacy, public education, and impact litigation.

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NYS Anti-Trafficking Coalition Newsletter, Week of 3/6/2013

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NYS ANTI-TRAFFICKING COALITION NEWSLETTER, ISSUE #10
March 6, 2013

UPCOMING NYSATC MEETINGS
March 13, 2013; New York, NY: 4PM at the MetLife Building
UPCOMING EVENTS
March 6, 2013; New York, NY: 12:30PM; the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) invites you to attend “Ending Impunity: Holding the DSK’s, Elliot Spitzers and the Berlusconis Accountable.” The panel will be moderated by Dorchen Leidholdt, Sanctuary for Families’ Director of Legal Services. Event to be held at Armenian Convention Center’s Guild Hall, 630 2nd Avenue.

March 7, 2013; New York, NY: 12:30PM; CATW invites you to attend “Survivors Speak: Prostitution and Sex Trafficking,” moderated by Norma Ramos, Executive Director of CATW. To be held at the Salvation Army Auditorium, 221 E. 52nd Street (Between 2nd and 3rd Avenue).

March 7, 2013; New York, NY: 2:30PM; CATW invites you to attend “Why Are Policies on Prostitution Important to Combat Violence Against Women?” also moderated by Norma Ramos; to be held at the Salvation Army Auditorium.

March 11, 2013; New York, NY: 12:30-2PM; ECPAT USA in collaboration with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons, invite you to “Partnering to Stop Trafficking in Women and Girls” to be held at the UN Church Center, 2nd Floor, 777 UN Plaza.

March 13, 2013; Webinar: Empire State Coalition of Youth & Family Services invites you to participate in their webinar “Identifying and Connecting With Unaccompanied Asian Youth,” an online workshop aimed at improving cultural strategies to better connect with Asian homeless youth in our communities.
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2013.
For more information: 718-237-2722
To register, e-mail: bofield8@ix.netcom.com

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 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.”
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 2, 2013; New York City: “Officer Arrested For Trying to Patronize a Prostitute”
An NYPD officer has been arrested and charged with patronizing a prostitute, official misconduct, and conspiracy.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/at6429b

March 1, 2013; New York, NY: “Manhattan Prostitute Leapt Out of Six-Floor Window After Being Held Hostage and Raped for 2 Days”
Two men have been charged with trapping a 28 year old prostituted woman in two different apartments in upper Manhattan and forcing her to have sex with multiple men for two days. The woman escaped by jumping from the sixth floor window of an apartment, breaking her legs and back.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cdkk96b

February 25, 2013; New York, NY: “DA Vance: Jury Finds Man Who Raped Prostituted Woman Guilty on All Counts”
New York County’s DA Cyrus R. Vance announced the conviction of Devon McGee, for raping a prostituted woman, found through backpage.com, in 2010.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/abfwo9m

February 19, 2013; New York State: “Hidden in Plain Sight: One Story of Human Trafficking”
Sanctuary for Families’ own Ilana Herr discusses her experience working with victims of human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/arulj88

NATIONAL TRAFFICKING REPORTS
March 6, 2013; Kentucky: “Op-Ed: Pass Bill That Would Help Stop Human Trafficking”
An op-ed in which the author calls for action on Kentucky’s human trafficking bill, which has been stalled in the Senate for over a week, without any action.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ael9sxl

March 5, 2013; Bismarck, N.D. “Bismarck Man Accused of Human Trafficking in Minot”
A 34-year-old man has been charged with the Class A felony of human trafficking in NW District Court in Minor.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ae4lgw6

March 5, 2013; Grand Forks, N.D.: “2nd Suspect Seeks Trial In Human Trafficking Case”
Twenty-seven-year-old Joshua Harry plead guilty to promoting prostitution in a case involving the pimping of a minor. Harry now

March 4, 2013; Denver, CO: “Anti Human-Trafficking Groups on Missing Women: ‘The Common Denominator is Model Mayhem’”
The National Women’s Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation (NWCAVE) and All We Want Is Love Organization have partnered to raised awareness on behalf of several women who have gone missing after creating modeling profiles on the website ModelMayhem.com. The organizations are calling for a federal investigation based on the Better Business Bureau rating the website an ‘F,’ victims’ firsthand accounts of the site, and the suggestive nature of the photos.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b38mzav

March 4, 2013; Phoenix, AZ: “The Virtual Street Corner: Sex Trafficking Online”
An Arizona State University Professor has done extensive research on Backpage.com to understand the new trends in human sex trafficking, and the ways pimps use the site to evade detection of their illegal activities.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/az87n8t

March 4, 2013; San Diego, CA: “San Diego Man Gets 12 Years for Child Sex Trafficking”
A San Diego man was sentenced in federal court to serve 12 years in prison for sex trafficking of minors.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/aukyevt

March 4, 2013; Olympia, WA: “WA Lege Day 50: Sex-Trafficking Bills Pass Senate”
Two bills were unanimously voted on to strengthen human trafficking laws in the Washington Senate. The first bill adds a fine of up to $5,000 in addition to any other penalties for anyone convicted of paying for sex with a minor via internet advertisement. The second expands penalties against those who recruit minors to become prostitutes or those who patronize minors for the purposes of prostitution.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/akfyzu9

March 4, 2013; Starkville, MS: “Human Trafficking Victim Talks to Local Students”
Shamere McKenzie, a former victim of human trafficking, talks to local students about her past, placing special emphasis that this can be anyone’s fate, as she was first victimized while a college student.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bf4gbug

March 4, 2013; Trenton, NJ: “Senate Budget Committee Approves Bill To Combat Human Trafficking”
A bill intended to reduce human trafficking in New Jersey was approved unanimously by the Senate budget committee.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/c9kadof

March 4, 2013; Bellevue, WA: “WA Suspects Accused Of Prostitution Ring With Illegal Asian Immigrants”
Five people in Washington have been accused of running a multi-state sex trafficking ring using illegal Asian immigrants.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bq2z3du

March 4, 2013; North Carolina: “Study: N.C. in Top 10 in Human Trafficking”
The results of a Polaris Project study designed to determine the top ten states in terms of human trafficking finds North Carolina to be in the nation’s top ten.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/d7h9h44

March 4, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL: “Man Pleads Guilty in Pinellas Human Trafficking Case”
42 year-old Kenyatta Cornelous received a 19 year prison sentence on March 1, 2013, after pleading guilty to sexual battery, human trafficking and other charges.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/a8l4uyt

March 4, 2013; Wichita, KS: “Students Take A Stand Against Human Trafficking”
Wichita State Students are attempting to raise awareness about human trafficking through “Standing For Freedom,” an event where students will stand for 27 hours to symbolize the estimated 27 million victims of human trafficking worldwide.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/btbkzlp

March 3, 2013; Chillicothe, OH: “Retired Educator Publishes First Novel About Human Sex Trafficking”
Former educator, Ronda Pauley, has published “Trapped in the Mayan Tattoo,” a book that deals with human sex trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/d79zkzz

March 3, 2013; San Antonio, TX: “Man Previously Charged With Human Trafficking Now Accused of Sexual Assault”
A Texas man now faces charges of human trafficking and sexual assault.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cwzyutd

March 2, 2013; Adrian, TX: “Texas Man Charged With Human Trafficking in Lenawee County By Computer”
41 year-old Jefferson Eugene Lawrence is the first person in Lenawee County to be prosecuted with human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bj2gbeu

March 1, 2013; Houston, TX: “Human Sex Trafficking In Houston’s Spotlight”
The 3rd Annual Human Trafficking Conference hosted by non-profit Free the Captives is intended to shed light on the problem of sex trafficking and discuss possible solutions.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b9lcf8r

March 1, 2013; Virginia: “MS-13 Gang Member Gets 10 Years in Sex-Trafficking Case”
21 year-old Jonathan Adonay Fuentes, was sentenced to ten years in prison for sex trafficking f a minor as part of a prostitution ring operated by MS-13, a violent street gang.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ao6d5gh

February 28, 2013; USA: “Cornyn, Blumenthal, Carter, Maloney Introduce Bill To Fight Human Trafficking”
On Feb. 28, US Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Richard Blumenthsl (D-CT), along with US Reps Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and John Carter (R-TX) introduced the Human Trafficking Reporting Act.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bj5yu9g

February 28, 2013; Lansing, MI: “Schuette Announces Criminal Charges in Pontiac Human Trafficking Case”
Michigan AG Bill Schuette announced that his Human Trafficking Unit has arrested Jackie Robinson Harris on charges of sexually exploiting a 16 year-old girl from Michigan for the purposes of prostitution.
Full release: http://tinyurl.com/b37z3l8

February 28, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK: “Oklahoma House Delays Vote on Human Trafficking Bill”
The Oklahoma House has postponed a vote on a bill introduced by Republican Rep. Lee Denney intended to shield minors from prostitution charges in certain instances.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/c5yfa88

February 28, 2013; Kearney, NE: “Justice Week Aims to Raise Awareness About Human Trafficking”
Students, faculty and staff at the University of Nebraska is hosting its first Justice Week to raise awareness about topics including forced labor and sex trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cwp8plw

February 28, 2013; Trenton, NJ: “Accused Pimp from Edison Charged with Human Trafficking in High-Priced Prostitution Ring”
An investigation conducted by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and the Edison Police Department resulted in the arrest of an Edison man who used violence and threats of violence to force women to remain in a high-priced NJ based prostitution ring.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bltza3v

February 27, 2013; Bayshore Blvd, FL: “Op-ed: Human Trafficking, A Growing Threat to Florida’s Children”
Bayshore Boulevard, an affluent community in the Tampa Bay area is now also noteworthy for being a central hub for human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/btcm2rk

February 27, 2013; USA: “Human Trafficking: A New Compliance Challenge”
Human trafficking is often thought of as an unworkable compliance dilemma for businesses, rather than the practical challenge with feasible solutions it actually is.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ba22qjl

February 27, 2013; Franklin County, VA: “Purse Party Raises $1,914 To Combat Sex Trafficking”
Two Franklin County High School seniors have raised almost $2,000 for Change for Purse, a nonprofit organization supporting exploited women and men.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/afcftaw

February 26, 2013; Phoenix, AZ: “Phoenix-Area Scope of Human Trafficking is Murky”
Phoenix area law enforcement and lawmakers alike seem reluctant to crack down on human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/ac6e566

February 26, 2013; Miami-Dade, FL: “Miami-Dade Human Trafficking Unit Gets First Conviction, Sentence”
The conviction of 34 year old Robert Burton was the first for the Miami-Dade prosecutors’ Human Trafficking Unit.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b5zezoy

February 17, 2013; US: “A Game Aims to Draw Attention to Women’s Issues”
Using games to promote awareness of certain societal ills (social cause gaming) continues to grow. On March 4, 2013, a new game on Facebook, inspired by the book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” will be introduced, zeroing in on topics like female genital mutilation and child prostitution.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bmnxcwn

February 1, 2013; Chicago, IL: “Why We Should Listen to Men Who Buy Sex”
The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) released a report analyzing the USA Sex Guide; a website with forums where men discuss buying sex. The report details the Johns’ accounts of buying sex in order to analyze the effectiveness of certain law enforcement responses to prostitution.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b8uor8f

INTERNATIONAL TRAFFICKING DEVELOPMENTS
March 6, 2013; London, UK: “Scheme to Tackle Human Trafficking In London To Be Launched”
The European Commission has approved funding for a grant to raise awareness regarding human trafficking and provide victim support.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cgl5lcg

March 5, 2013; Indonesia: “Thai Link to Human Trafficking Victims”
Indonesia will repatriate ten Cambodian human trafficking victims.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/b7j324p

March 4, 2013; Greece: “Turk Unveils Human Trafficking Scheme”
A human trafficker from Turkey disclosed the methods he used to smuggle illegal immigrants into Greece for the purposes of human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cxo8m9s

March 4, 2013; International: “Underground Trade Part Six: The Shame (of Human Trafficking)”
Part six of the Underground Trade series discusses the stigmatization of victims of sex trafficking and its ensuing shame.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/dytr5j9

March 3, 2013; New Delhi, India: “Nepali Actor Held in Delhi For Human Trafficking”
A Nepali actor and two accomplices were arrested in New Delhi and are accused of running a human trafficking racket.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/c6lcnys

February 28, 2013; China: “Underground Trade Part Five: Taken Into China (Human Trafficking)”
Vietnam has lost anywhere between forty-five thousand and 400,000 women and girls to a forced life of servitude since 2004; mainly to China. Trafficking experts attribute this to China’s one child policy, with preference for boys, which results in a skewed male-female ratio that has opened a market for servile marriage and/or prostitution.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/crpzlos

February 28, 2013; Thailand: “Surapong to Submit Progress Report on Human Trafficking to US”
The 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report showed Thailand remains on the watch list for its attempts to curb human trafficking. In hopes of preventing the country from falling further, US Ambassador Kristie Kenney will receive a report from Foreign Affairs Minister Surapong Towichukchaikui on the country’s progress in this area.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/cfyqqbw

February 28, 2013; The Philippines: “80 Percent of Victims Repatriated After Seeking Help From Human Trafficking Hotline”
The Commission on Filipinos Overseas reports that about 80 percent of trafficked victims who seek help from the Philippine government’s human trafficking hotline were repatriated to their country of origin.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/bm56645

February 28, 2013; Bangkok, Thailand: “Cabinet Approves Anti-Trafficking Plan”
The Cabinet of Thailand has approved a plan proposed by the Social Development and Human Security Ministry to combat human trafficking.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/d25nsrp

February 27, 2013; Taguig, Philippines: “Freedom Rise Raises Awareness on Human Trafficking”
Anti human-trafficking advocates attempt to raise awareness by hosting the first ever Freedom Ride in The City of Taguig.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/alqnzz7

February 27, 2013; Lebanon: “Connelly Calls for Lebanon’s Prosecution of Human Traffickers”
US Ambassador Maura Connelly urges Lebanon to criminalize human trafficking and ensure suspects are prosecuted.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/akoqutg

February 26, 2013; Brazil: “Brazil Tightens Fight Against Human Trafficking”
Jose Eduardo Cardozo announced his intention of stricter enforcement of Brazil’s anti-trafficking laws.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/behy6es

February 26, 2013; Ireland: “New Report on Human Trafficking Highlights Low Number of Prosecutions”
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has issued a report on trafficking; highlighting the low number of prosecutions in Ireland.
Full article: http://tinyurl.com/anyg234

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