NYS Legislature Passes Bipartisan Bill
to Protect Child Trafficking Victims

On June 21, 2013, the New York legislature passed a bipartisan bill (A08071-A, S05839-A) authorizing criminal court judges to treat sixteen- and seventeen-year old sexually exploited children as victims in need of services, rather than prosecuting them as adults on prostitution-related charges. Although the legislation stops short of prohibiting the charging or prosecution of these prostituted children, it nevertheless provides a mechanism within the criminal justice system for treating them as victims, for expunging “[a]ny adverse findings and all records of the [criminal court] investigation and proceedings relating to such charge[s],” and for offering them the same services that younger children arrested on prostitution-related charges currently receive in Family Court proceedings. Governor Cuomo has not yet signed the bill into law.


This bill is an important step in the right direction, and we urge Governor Cuomo to sign it into law. We applaud the partnership of committed frontline advocates led by the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition, its member organizations, and the New York Center for Juvenile Justice; New Yorkers across the State, who called on their elected representatives to protect child trafficking victims; and the contributors to VS., who joined us in carrying the message to Albany. We stand together in calling on Albany to pass additional reforms, proposed by Governor Cuomo, which will position New York as a model jurisdiction in the national campaign against human trafficking.


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VS. VIDEOS

NYC Let’s End Human Trafficking Campaign: Providing Services to Child Trafficking Victims



Watch the video of Carol Robles-Roman

Carol Robles-Román, New York City Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and Counsel to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, discusses the merits of the child welfare paradigm for delivery of optimal services to trafficked youth.

NYC Let’s End Human Trafficking Campaign: Prevention, Protection, Partnership Strategies



Watch the video of Norma Abbene

Norma Abbene, Deputy Counsel to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, discusses prevention, protection, and partnership strategies to confront human trafficking.


VS. ARTICLES

Let’s Collaborate as a Nation to End Human Trafficking



by Stephanie Moyes, Seattle, Washington, King County
Dep’t of Community and Human Services


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Stephanie Moyes discusses the partnership between Washington State and New York City to raise public awareness of human trafficking.

A Conversation with Asi Burak, Co-President of Games for Change



Interview conducted and condensed by Debra Brown Steinberg

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Asi Burak discusses the development and production of a social impact Facebook game that reaches mainstream audiences to raise public awareness of human trafficking.

VS. ART OF SURVIVAL

 

Trapped

by Gemma Gallagher

Gemma Gallagher’s haunting canvases draw her audiences deep into the world of hidden victims of human trafficking and their unheard cries for help.

Ms. Gallagher’s paintings ask: “Do you ever notice?” “Do you ever look beyond the façade, beyond the illusion of lights?” Why does “no one ask: ‘Are you OK?’”

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NYC Let’s End Human Trafficking Public Service Announcement



Office of the Mayor of the City of New York

The product of a public-private partnership, this video’s stark black-and-white silhouettes and forceful text challenge us to see human trafficking’s invisible victims and learn how to confront modern-day slavery in our communities.

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Domestic Human Trafficking In the News

We bring you curated national, regional, and local news, reports, and articles on domestic human trafficking and related topics.

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VS. Resource Guide

This comprehensive compilation of resources, organized by audience and service type, assists all segments of the domestic anti-trafficking community, including public, nonprofit, academic, and private sectors, as well as victims and survivors of domestic human trafficking.

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VS. Library

This online archive, organized into reading rooms for the benefit of different segments of the anti-trafficking community, gives a synopsis of, and links to, curated research and source materials pertaining to human trafficking in America.

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