Issues: Victims

HUFFINGTON POST: A Victory for Survivors of Trafficking in New York State

Excerpt from Sienna Baskin and Melissa Broudo's September 2, 2010 Huffington Post column on New York State's new law, sponsored by Senator Duane and Assembly Member Gottfried and co-authored by the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, that allows sex trafficking victims to clear their records of prostitution-related crimes.

HUFFINGTON POST

September 2, 2010

A Victory for Survivors of Trafficking in New York State

by Sienna Baskin and Melissa Broudo

September 2, 2010
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Senate Passes Bill Securing $1.8 Million Dollars For Rape Crisis Centers

On the last day of the legislative session and overshadowed by high profile debates on Hydro-fracking and whether to empower the SUNY Board of Trustees to raise tuition at select college campuses, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson’s budget bill to provide $1.8 million dollars to rape crisis centers throughout New York State passed unanimously and without debate. 

August 11, 2010
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Senator Suzi Oppenheimer Stands with Women's Advocacy Groups to Urge Governor Paterson to Enact New Protections for Domestic Violence Survivors

While violent crime overall has declined in recent years, violence against loved ones is on the rise.  In 2008, intimate partner homicides increased 25% statewide and 45% in counties outside New York City.  Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), joined by representatives from the Pace Women’s Justice Center, My Sisters’ Place, Hope’s Door and Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, today called on Governor Paterson to sign into law sweeping legislation to strengthen the rights and protections of domestic violence survivors and increase the criminal penalties for domestic abuse.

August 10, 2010
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Rallies held in Staten Island against bias crimes

PORT RICHMOND (WABC) -- A day full of rallies was held to combat hate crimes in Staten Island.

It's been a long day of promoting diversity in Staten Island for the members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The group held anti-hate rallies at 2 a.m. and noon, culminating with a third at Borough Hall Saturday evening.

To Read More: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local&id=7598022

August 10, 2010
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Annual National Night Out

News From Senator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: July 29, 2010Contact: Ami Shah | shah@senate.state.ny.us | (518) 455-3531

Senator Huntley Encourages Participation in ‘National Night Out’

Tuesday, August 3rd is America’s Night Out Against Crime

In an effort to increase public awareness and encourage participation in local anticrime efforts, Senator Huntley (D-Jamaica) notes that Tuesday, August 3rd (between 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm) is National Night Out — “America’s Night Out Against Crime.” An event which is beneficial to all.

July 28, 2010
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Standing Up for Women's Reproductive Rights

Recently, I sent an open letter to President Obama expressing my concern over abortion restrictions to the high-risk insurance pools established through the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act.

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPAHC) was passed, I felt that we, as a nation, were establishing the beginning of a caring, and needed, response to a serious abuse inherent to the health insurance delivery system. But, the recent announcement applicable to this Act by the Obama administration, prohibiting abortions excepting cases of rape, incest and life endangerment to the mother, carves out a legal medical procedure that has serious implications for a population that is already medically compromised.

File: 
Letter to Obama RE High Risk Pools.pdf

July 27, 2010
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SOLVING CRIMES AND SAVING LIVES

Senate Passes Klein Bill to Collect DNA Upon Felony Arrest on 3rd Anniversary of Murder of Syracuse Woman

 

July 1, 2010
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SENATOR ESPADA KEEPING KIDS SAFE:

MANDATES LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR CHILD KILLERSChild Protection Act of 2010 Strengthens Penal Law,Establishes New Penalties for Murder & Rape of a Child

June 29, 2010
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Budget Protects Schools, Provides Property Tax Relief And Makes Smart Spending Cuts

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed both the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA: S6603/S6607) and the Health and Human Services (HHS: S6604/A6608) budget bills which:

Protects our children’s education.
Provides much-needed property tax relief.
Makes the smart spending cuts to give New Yorkers a government they can afford.
Maintains the state’s investment in the Tuition Assistance Program which helps tens of thousands of students succeed in college annually.
Ensures support for unemployed New Yorkers who are seeking work as a result of the national economic downturn.
Delivers the services and programs most important to the health and well being of our seniors and New Yorkers with disabilities.

 

June 28, 2010
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Keeping Kids Safe: Majority Mandates Life Without Parole For Child Killers

Child Protection Act of 2010 Strengthens Penal Law, Establishes New Penalties for Murder & Rape of a Child

June 28, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction

Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Chair 10:00 AM, Monday, June 28, 2010 Room 124 CAP. The committee will consider the following nomination: Richard J. Clarke, as a Member of the State Board of Parole

June 28, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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6/23/2010: "Dignity For All Students Act"

(Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Majority announced and celebrated the passage of the landmark ‘Dignity for All Students Act’ (S. 1987B) today at 11:30 AM.

The most comprehensive legislation against harassment in schools to date, the ‘Dignity for All Students Act’ will help reduce the incidences on bullying amongst New York’s youth. This legislation had been stalled in the Senate for several years prior to Democratic leadership.

WHO:

Senator Thomas K. Duane, Sponsor

Senator Eric Adams

Senator Joseph Addabbo

Senator Neil Breslin

Senator Martin Malave Dilan

Senator Brian X. Foley

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson

Senator Shirley L. Huntley

Senator Craig Johnson

Senator Liz Krueger

June 24, 2010
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Senator Bill Perkins Advocates for the Dignity for All Students Act

On June 22, 2010 Senator Bill Perkins participated in a press conference which advocated for the passage of S. 1987-B, the dignity for all students act.  On the same day the bill passed the Senate with a vote of 58 to 3.

June 24, 2010
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6/16/2010: Domestic Violence Survivors

“Domestic Violence should never happen nor be tolerated by any person or society. Anyone can be a victim at anytime and it often isn't taken seriously until the situation culminates into violence. Domestic violence is often preceded by verbal, psychological, and emotional abuse these of which can leave lasting scars and damages in a person’s life,” said Senator Huntley. She continued, “Most of all children who are subject to these heinous cowardly acts can suffer the most hurtful consequence.

June 18, 2010
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Kendra’s Law Passes Senate

Majority Extends Mental Health & Public Protection Program Through 2015

The Senate Democratic Majority announced the passage of legislation (S7254) to keep Kendra’s law, an important mental health and public protection program fully operational through 2015.

The law had been set to expire at the end of this month.

June 18, 2010
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Senator Parker passes legislation protecting victims of domestic violence

Yesterday, June 16th, Senator Kevin Parker (D21-Brooklyn), passed legislation extending new protections to victims of domestic violence.

June 17, 2010
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Domestic Violence Survivors

For Immediate Release: June 17, 2010

Contact: Ami Shah | shah@senate.state.ny.us | (518) 455-3531

Senator Huntley Stands Together with Domestic Violence Survivors

Legislative package establishes stronger rights, strengthens services

June 16, 2010
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