Issues: Human Rights

Sex trafficking of women has nexus in Queens borough of New York City

As reported by WNYC:

Last fall, State Senator José Peralta pushed the "chica card" law, an alternate plan for discouraging prostitution in Queens.

Chica cards, small cards with images of half-naked women and phone numbers advertising "free delivery" were once distributed openly along Roosevelt Avenue in Queens. Peralta's "chica card" law, criminalized the distribution of flyers and cards marketing prostitutes, and now they're much harder to find.

Peralta also introduced a bill that would require taxi drivers, who are oftentimes complicit in bringing prostitutes around the city, take a course on sex trafficking before receiving or renewing a license.

"We have to dispel the dangerous notion that prostitution is a victimless crime," Peralta said. "Someone aware of this brutal reality is less likely to participate in the continued exploitation of these women."

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May 29, 2012
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Klein, Dinowitz, Community Celebrate Closure of Objectionable Massage Parlor in Riverdale

Months Long Investigation Results In Closure Order

 

RIVERDALE, BRONX, N.Y. –  Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined with Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx) and leaders in the Riverdale Community to celebrate the closure of “New Healing Touch” massage parlor which has long been a source of concern to many in the surrounding area.  The parlor was closed after two arrests in the last six months for prostitution.  Senator Klein wrote to Commissioner Raymond Kelly in December of last year asking that the site be investigated.

 

May 24, 2012
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Peralta's Anti-Trafficking Fight Goes Wordwide

As reported by the New York Daily News:

State Sen. Jose Peralta is going international. Peralta figures prominently in a BBC World News America report on a subject the Daily News has covered in some detail.

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May 23, 2012
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May 2012 Newsletter- Teen Bullying

Please click the file below to view the Teen Bullying Service 

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Teen Bullying

May 17, 2012
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Randi Bregman Honored as NY Senate Woman of Distinction

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) named Randi Bregman, Executive Director at Vera House, as the 49th Senate District’s “Woman of Distinction” as part of the New York State Senate’s 15th Annual Women of Distinction celebration.

May 17, 2012
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Statement from Senate Democratic Leader John L. Sampson on President Obama's Support of Marriage Equality

“I am so glad and proud that the President has announced his support for true marriage equality.Last year, the Senate Democratic Conference provided the overwhelming majority of votes to passsame sex marriage in New York. Today, I am hopeful that with the help of President Obama thiswave of equality will spread across the Country and all citizens will experience true equality.”

May 9, 2012
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Osborne Association Members Lobby Lawmakers, Ask for Support of Montgomery Bills

Representatives of the Osborne Association came to Albany to ask lawmakers to support Senator Montgomery's legislation that was introduced to addresses concerns raised by three young people whose parents are in prison. The bills are:

S 6044-A: Directs the commissioner of corrections and community supervision to establish and maintain a public website that provides information concerning specific visitation rules, regulations, policies and procedures for all correctional facilities.

May 4, 2012
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Our Town: Krueger Takes on 'the War on Women'

Our Town's Megan Finnegan reported on Liz's forum at the CUNY Graduate Center last week, "The War on Women: An Evening Basic Training."

Krueger was joined on April 24 at the CUNY Graduate Center by Amy Richards, writer and activist; Joe Rollins, executive officer of the Political Science Department at the CUNY Graduate Center; Shelby Knox, director of women’s rights at Change.org; and Jamia Wilson, vice president of programs at the Women’s Media Center. Each was invited to speak about what they feel are currently the biggest threats to women’s rights and how concerned citizens can combat them.

 

“We should take nothing for granted,” Krueger told the audience of over 100 people. “If we don’t make a stand, if we don’t push the envelope as far as we can back in the opposite direction, if we don’t continue our fight to make progress, then we could wake up another year and a half from now in this country going, ‘Oh my god, we thought 2012 was bad, who imagined this could happen here?’ But this can happen here.”

May 3, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Speaks on Resolution Honoring the Achievements of Girl Scouts

In a formal presentation on the Senate Floor, Senator Montgomery gave accolades to her constituent, Lesego Pearl Nkosi, upon receiving the Girl Scout Gold Award. This award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn.

May 1, 2012
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Statement By State Senator Jose Peralta On Father-Son Sex Trafficking and Prostitution Operation

“The sex trafficking and prostitution operation dismantled by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, NYPD and federal authorities is yet another example of the barbaric treatment trafficked women are subjected to for the profit of ruthless pimps.

“It also underscores the need to reclassify sex trafficking as a violent felony. in recognition of the brutality of the crime and the punishment it warrants.  I recently introduced a bill in the New York State Senate that would make sex trafficking a violent felony and increase the minimum jail sentence to five years.  The minimum sentence currently is one to three years.

April 24, 2012
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Public Health Experts, Human Rights Advocates Join Senator Montgomery in Calling for Law Barring Use of Condoms as Evidence of Prostitution

Albany, NY: Public health experts, human rights activists and advocates for sex workers and the LGBT community, joined with NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) in calling for the passage of the Senator’s legislation (S.323/A.1008) that would barr the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution.

April 19, 2012
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Sex Attack Suspect Sought

The Queens Gazette investigates the recent attack on a 30-year old woman in Sunnyside by a man who is suspected to be involved in similar attacks in Jackson Heights.

Queens detectives are trying to determine if a man who stalked and groped a 30-year-old Sunnyside woman early Sunday morning, is the same suspect sought in connection with a series of recent attacks in Jackson Heights.

 

The victim in the Easter Sunday attack told investigators the man followed her when she exited a nearby No. 7 train at about 5:45 a.m. on April 8.

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April 18, 2012
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Senator Gianaris holds press conference opposing Sunnyside sex attacks

Senator Gianaris handing out leaflets alerting Sunnyside residents to use caution while traveling.

April 11, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: The War on Women: An Evening of Basic Training

There is a war on women raging across the country. Presidential candidates are speaking out in opposition to basic contraception. Anti-woman legislators around the country are trying to put more and more barriers between women and their reproductive rights. Wisconsin's governor just pushed through a repeal of his state's Equal Pay Enforcement Act. Even here in New York, we are having difficulty pushing a pro-woman agenda forward.

Join us and find out how to fight back from an array of featured speakers.

April 24, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

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Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012
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Greek Community Celebrates 191 Years Of Freedom

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about the 74th annual Greek Independence Day Parade. Senator Gianaris attended the event and was happy to see colleagues and community members participate in the celebration.

On March 25, the Greek Independence Day Parade was held along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The theme of the 74th annual parade was “Solidarity with Greece”.

 

The parade was organized by the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York who has dedicated its resources in promoting support and solidarity for Greece, which has suffered through an economic crisis.

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March 30, 2012
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