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Human Trafficking: Tool of Oppression

June 15, 2009 | CUNY Lecture Series, CUNY School of Law

Human trafficking is a hugely profitable, global enterprise that, says Suzanne Tomatore, director of the Immigrant Women & Children Project of the New York City Bar Association, often involves trusted friends or family members who are used to entrap victims. “The U.S. State Department estimates that 14,500 to 17,000 people are trafficked to the U.S. each year,” says Tomatore, a CUNY Law School alumna. “Often our traffickers, on the cases I’ve been involved with, tend to be family members — boyfriends, husbands or someone from the same town or village.” Tomatore was joined by Ivy Suriyopas, staff attorney for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, at the CUNY Law School discussion, “Human Trafficking, Interpersonal Violence, and the Power of Gender Violence as a Tool of Oppression.”
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