Library for Victims / Survivors

Queens County, New York Criminal Court

People v. L.G., 2013 N.Y. Slip Op 23276 (Queens County, NYC Criminal Court, July 12, 2013) (Serita, J.)

Hon. Toko Serita, New York City Criminal Court, Queens County — July 12, 2013

“[T]he only disputed issue in this case is whether defendant’s conviction for a non-prostitution offense which was the direct result of her having been forced into sex trafficking may be vacated under CPL 440.10 (1) (i)… . [D]efense counsel notes that LG possessed a pocketknife to protect herself against unpredictable and potentially violent situations involving “johns,” and was told to do so by her trafficker… . [T]his court holds that LG’s conviction for possession of a weapon in the fourth degree falls within the ambit of the vacatur statute because her participation in that offense was undeniably connected to the coerced trafficking activity which led to her arrest on prostitution-related charges and should therefore be vacated.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement

About Human Trafficking, prepared for Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)

Discusses: (1) Overview of Human Trafficking Issue; (2) Victim Identification and Public Awareness; (3) Assistance for Victims of Human Trafficking; (4) Certification and Eligibility Letters; (5) Trafficking Victim Assistance Program; (6) National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: Anti-Trafficking Program (U.S.), Georgetown University, Institute for the Study of International Migration

After Rescue Research Project

“In partnership with Georgetown University, Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM), [U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Anti-Trafficking Program] received funding from the Department of Justice to conduct a 24-month research project to present a profile of survivors of human trafficking and to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to stabilize, rehabilitate, and integrate them into the wider American society… . The objective of the project is to better our understanding of the characteristics of trafficked victims and the efficacy of different intervention strategies in stabilizing their well-being.”

Laws of Alaska

Alaska Senate Bill 22

July 1, 2013

(1) Commencement of actions for felony sex and human trafficking; (2) Forfeiture for certain crimes involving prostitution; (3) Interception of private communications for human/sex trafficking offenses; (4) Use of evidence of sexual conduct concerning victims; (5) Consideration at sentencing of effect of a crime on the victim; (6) Definition of “sex offense” for sex offender registration; (7) Violent crimes compensation; (9) Rights of sexual assault victims to legal/equitable remedies for injuries from the perpetrator’s conduct; (10) Definition of “sexual assault” for adoption and termination of parental rights; (11) Protective orders; (12) Subpoena power in cases involving use of Internet service accounts.

ECPAT USA

And Boys Too (2013)

B. Willis, N. Robert, S.A. Friedman — August 1, 2013

The scope of commercially sexually exploited boys (CSEB) is vastly under reported; commercial sexual exploitation poses very significant risks to their health and their lives; gay and transgenders are over-represented as a proportion of sexually exploited boys; there is a shortage of services for these boys. Two immediate needs are clear: first, to raise awareness about the scope of CSEB and second, to expand research about which boys are vulnerable to sexual exploitation and how to meet their needs.

Laws of Arkansas

Arkansas House Bill 1203

Enacted February 19, 2013

(1) Creates felony offenses of “trafficking in persons” and trafficking of minors, defined as persons under age 18; (2) Eliminates defense in trafficking prosecution that defendant “did not have knowledge of a victim’s age or mistakenly believed a victim was not a minor;” (3) Creates affirmative defense that defendant engaged in prostitution-related offense as a result of being a trafficking victim; (4) Creates civil cause of action for trafficking victims to recover compensatory and punitive damages, injunctive relief, attorneys’ fees, and tolls statute of limitations. Topics: Arkansas, State Legislation, Definition, Sex Trafficking, Children, Minors, Law Enforcement, Crime, Prevention, Prosecution, Evidence, Affirmative Defense, Victim Remedies, Civil Litigation/Civil Remedies

ATEST: Alliance To End Slavery & Trafficking (A Project of Humanity United)

ATEST Guide To Anti-Slavery Funding Appropriations Briefing Book

2014

“The U.S. Congress has the power to help end human trafficking. This briefing book provides concrete recommendations from ATEST to Congress on how to leverage federal funding for law enforcement to apprehend and prosecute traffickers, while providing much needed services for victims to rebuild their lives.”