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TAKE ACTION: New York: Please Pass the NY Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Action in June


Society & Culture  (tags: women, violence, ethics, humans, rights, society )

Beverly
- 458 days ago - org2.salsalabs.com
If passed, this law will give New York's law enforcement better tools to target and arrest the pimps and buyers who are supporting this multi-billion dollar trafficking industry.



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Beverly M. (85)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 6:53 pm
In March 2013, Equality Now started working with Ruth, a young sex trafficking survivor from New York City. After being raped by her mother's boyfriend at age 12, she turned to an "older boyfriend" for love and safety. This "boyfriend" turned out to be a pimp, who prostituted and beat her if she didn’t make nightly quotas. Ruth was eventually arrested, but mainly due to deficiencies in New York State’s anti-trafficking law, her pimp and the buyers were not held accountable. Ruth was placed at Gateways, a Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA) intensive residential treatment program, and is now in school and rebuilding the life that was stolen from her.

There are countless girls like Ruth who are trafficked for commercial sex and treated like criminals. Yet, the pimps and buyers who are committing crimes are rarely held accountable. In 2011, three times as many women and girls were arrested for prostitution in New York than pimps and buyers.


Equality Now is campaigning with the JCCA and the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition for the passage of the New York Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (TVPJA). If passed, this law will give New York’s law enforcement better tools to target and arrest the pimps and buyers who are supporting this multi-billion dollar trafficking industry – instead of focusing their resources on arresting victims like Ruth. Specifically, the TVPJA will ensure that:

•Penalties for buying sex from a minor are aligned with those for statutory rape.
•New York’s anti-trafficking laws are brought in line with the federal anti-trafficking statute by removing the requirement that prosecutors prove that underage trafficking victims were coerced into sexual acts, making it easier to target sex traffickers.
•All prostituted individuals under the age of eighteen are classified as trafficking victims, thereby eliminating the exception in NY for 16 and 17 year olds, and ensuring that they receive support services instead of criminal records.
Please join us by sending letters to New York Governor Cuomo, Assemblyman Silver, and Senator Dean G. Skelos to urge them to pass the TVPJA during the June 2013 legislative session. If you live in New York, please also ask your district’s legislators to pass the TVPJA. Click on the links to find your assemblyperson or senator.

 

Beverly M. (85)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 7:07 pm
The New York Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (TVPJA), which is up for vote this month, would help to address deficiencies in New York law and better align it with federal statutes. If passed, the TVPJA would give law enforcement better tools to target and arrest the pimps and buyers who are supporting this multi-billion dollar trafficking industry—instead of focusing their resources on arresting victims like Ruth. Please join Equality Now, the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition and the JCCA calling on New York’s lawmakers to pass the TVPJA before the legislative session ends on June 20!

 

Debbie G. (314)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 7:12 pm
Signed. Thanks.
 

Jason S. (57)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 8:04 pm
Signed, thanks
 

Candy L. (478)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 8:12 pm
Sigbed & Tweeted Thanks
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 8:38 pm
signed and noted
 

Esther Z. (101)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 9:39 pm
Noted and signed.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 10:49 pm
Signing now Bev, Cheers
 

Yvonne F. (172)
Friday June 14, 2013, 2:35 am
So signed!!! Thanks Beverly
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (383)
Friday June 14, 2013, 4:30 am
Noted and signed.
 

Judy C. (106)
Friday June 14, 2013, 4:31 am
Signed. Thanks Beverly.
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday June 14, 2013, 5:27 am

Thank you for sending letters to New York Governor Cuomo, Assemblyman Silver, and Senator Dean G. Skelos to urge them to pass the TVPJA.
 

Natasha Salgado (520)
Friday June 14, 2013, 9:19 am
Signed-thx!
 

. (0)
Friday June 14, 2013, 11:38 am
Signed, thanks.
 

Ben Oscarsito (337)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:15 am
Done!
 

Marilyn K. (51)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 10:04 am
Signed & Noted
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 10:39 am
message sent
 

Ravenna C. (20)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 10:43 am
Thank you for sending letters to New York Governor Cuomo, Assemblyman Silver, and Senator Dean G. Skelos to urge them to pass the TVPJA

Noted and Signed.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 2:13 pm
Message sent. Noted. Thanks, Beverly.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 2:46 pm
Signed.
 

Mary T. (295)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 3:32 pm
Signed & noted - thank you Beverly
 

Charlene B. (4)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 4:36 pm
Thank You Beverly
 

Dori C. (17)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 4:39 pm
s/n
 

Inge Bjorkman (142)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 1:03 am
Sent the message.
Love
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 5:12 am
signed & noted
 

Robert O. (12)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 9:44 am
Thank you for sending letters to New York Governor Cuomo, Assemblyman Silver, and Senator Dean G. Skelos to urge them to pass the TVPJA. If you live in New York, please also ask your district’s legislators to pass the TVPJA. Click on the links to find your assemblyperson or senator.
 

Maricruz Lopez (71)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 10:13 am
absolutely signed & shared
 

Melania Padilla (179)
Monday June 24, 2013, 11:57 am
Signed of course
 

Judith C. (110)
Monday June 24, 2013, 4:50 pm
Noted-signed
 

Damaris C. (155)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 1:15 pm
Noted and signed
 

alicia m. (100)
Monday July 1, 2013, 12:24 am
noted,signed, gracias
 

Elvira Escamilla Davila (60)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 5:54 am
Done
 
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