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Dec 19, 2019

Lawsuits allege hotel chains ignored human trafficking

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers representing human trafficking victims want a single federal judge to oversee multiple lawsuits alleging that major hotel chains have ignored human trafficking taking place on their premises. Attorneys have asked a federal panel to consolidate at least 21 such lawsuits pending in 11 states into a single case in federal […]

Apr 9, 2018

NY mulls training hotel workers to spot human trafficking

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A legislative proposal introduced in the New York state Legislature would require training for hotel workers in how to recognize signs of human trafficking. The measure is sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Sen. Jesse Hamilton, both Democrats. Supporters say trafficking victims are sometimes housed in hotels and motels, where they […]

Mar 17, 2015

Program will help ID human trafficking victims

A client sitting across from an attorney may be charged with prostitution or drug dealing. What the attorney may not realize is the client is both a crime suspect and a crime victim. As a victim of human trafficking, she was coerced into the illegal activity. Human trafficking victims also can be household nannies, landscapers, […]

Feb 18, 2015

Rochesterians charged in human trafficking ring

Seven people have been charged in four separate criminal complaints with sex trafficking of a minor and conspiracy to sex traffic minors. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison for each victim, a maximum of life and a $250,000 fine. Charged are Stephen Jones, 27; Kasandra Weeks, 22; Leeosha Allen, […]

Jul 3, 2014

Spreading awareness of human trafficking

Since May 2013, 29 victims of human trafficking have been identified in the Monroe County area through the Safe Harbour program — seven this year alone. An additional 77 girls are at risk of falling victim to trafficking and sexual exploitation, of being robbed of their childhood and traumatized, said Center for Youth Executive Director […]

Jul 2, 2014

Human trafficking experts to give talk

International human trafficking expert Matt Friedman and his son Brandon will be in Rochester later in the month to introduce a campaign to raise awareness of young people on the issue. The “Breaking the Links” event is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. July 29 at the Little Theatre, 240 East Ave. The free talk […]

Jun 18, 2014

Human trafficking CLE planned

A continuing legal education course on “Spotting Human Trafficking in Your Law Practice,” will be presented from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bar Association of Erie County, 438 Main St., Sixth Floor, Buffalo. The program is presented by BAEC and Volunteer Lawyers Project Inc. and offers 1 CLE credit in professional practice. Learn […]

Nov 12, 2013

NYSBA seeks changes to curb human trafficking

The New York State Bar Association today is calling on state legislators, the courts and advocacy groups to undertake specific measures to enhance the prosecution of human traffickers and focus more attention on the care and treatment for victims. “It is unconscionable that nearly 150 years after our country outlawed slavery, thousands of children and […]

Nov 5, 2013

NYSBA proposals to combat human trafficking OK’d

Proposals in a new report by the New York State Bar Association would give more tools to prosecutors to combat human trafficking and provide additional training and services to protect victims, particularly children. The 60-page report, prepared by the association’s Special Committee on Human Trafficking, was approved Saturday by the House of Delegates, which met […]

Apr 29, 2013

Documentary to run at The Little Theatre

The internationally acclaimed documentary, “Not My Life,” will begin a weeklong run at the Little Theatre, May 10 to16 (no showings on May 14), as part of a communitywide effort to increase awareness of human trafficking in the tri-county area. Hailed as a “seminal” film by the CNN Freedom Project and others, the movie, filmed […]

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