Andi, a sixteen-year-old runaway, was repeatedly sold by her trafficker on the street.
Even though the Safe Harbor Act recognizes that prostituted children are trafficking victims,
Andi was arrested, arraigned in criminal court and convicted of prostitution.
In its landmark anti-trafficking laws, New York State has taken the lead in recognizing that many women and children in prostitution are victims of human trafficking and holding accountable those who organize, promote, advance, support and patronize the trafficking industry. Although a growing number of traffickers are being brought to justice, our State legislative anti-trafficking regime contains gaps, loopholes, and inconsistencies that must be remedied.
The Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act will strengthen New York State’s response to traffickers and protection of victims.
The New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition would like to
invite you to the lobby day for the
Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act!
Tuesday May 15th, 10:30am – 3:30pm
The face-to-face meetings that happen during lobby days have tremendous impact. Personal stories, messages of support and real world explanations of what legislation means to voters and advocates is extremely powerful.
To RSVP please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, organization and contact information.
To learn more about the lobby day, please call into our conference call on Thursday, May 10th from 3pm to 4pm.
Conference Dial-in Number: (712) 775-7000
Access Code: 722515#
If you want to learn more about the legislation, here is a terrific interview with Dorchen Leidholdt and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin on Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin. Here is an article about the bill which includes a video of a survivor, Brianna, speaking about her trafficking experience