In this week’s news, several organizations have made attempts to not only aid the victims of human trafficking, but also to introduce new resolutions to combat slavery. Both New York’s Legal Aid Society and the U.N. Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human trafficking launched projects to assist formerly trafficked humans through financial, humanitarian, and legal aid. Other efforts include global partnerships working to strengthen systems of justice internationally. Read below about these inspiring initiatives!
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Hey New Yorkers! You have a special opportunity to support Congress in removing slavery from products that we all use every day!
New York City’s very own Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D), together with Reps. Chris Smith (R) of New Jersey and Jackie Speier (D) of California are introducing a bill—H.R. 2759—that will help us all take a step closer to ending slavery. Rep. Maloney will be at New York’s City Hall tomorrow, Wednesday, to make this announcement. read more >
State legislatures across the country are considering legislation to combat human trafficking last week. In the Empire State, Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Senator Stephen Saland (R-Poughkeepsie) sponsored a bill to extend New York’s Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking through 2013. The task force was established, in 2007, to implement “harsher penalties for human traffickers and provide assistance to victims of prostitution and involuntary labor.” The renewal of the task force’s mandate is crucial to the continued read more >
If you are in Times Square today, you will be able to see the above message live. The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), a coalition of U.S.-based anti-slavery groups—of which Free the Slaves is a founding member—has set up this PSA to be run in the New York City hot spot. The ad will spread the message that “slavery lives” to potentially millions of people. (According to Times Square’s website, 500,000 people go through Times Square read more >
It’s hard to believe that it has taken this long, but the first ever extensive domestic workers’ rights measure was signed into law yesterday by New York Governor David Paterson.
The measure bestows basic rights to all New York domestic workers—people employed as nannies, housekeepers and at-home caretakers. The law gives domestics one whole day off a week, three paid days off a year after a year of employment, and ensures that they receive minimum wage, as well as overtime pay. The read more >