Justice Speaks Lunch: Human Trafficking in New York: Protecting and Prosecuting
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
This panel will highlight the issue of human trafficking in New York, with examples of both sex trafficking and labor trafficking. We will learn what services are available and what laws protect victims of trafficking, and also what policy approaches are the most useful in dealing with this complex issue. We will explore the enforcement of current statutes that allow trafficked persons to vacate their prostitution convictions in an attempt to overcome the stigmatizing effects of a criminal record. These convictions, create a barrier for victims when trying to obtain housing, jobs, and education. Our panelists will discuss advocacy efforts and their attempts to provide assistance to trafficked individuals struggling to reintegrate into society.
Panelists will be Christa Stewart, Coordinator of the New York State Human Trafficking and Unaccompanied Children Programs, and Sienna Baskin, Co-Director of the Sex Workers Project.
Attendees at this program may be eligible for one hour of CLE credit in professional practice for both transitional and non-transitional attorneys.