NY Should Allow Trafficking Survivors To Clear Criminal Records

A good prostitution-related bill that passed the Assembly side of the NY legislature in June is still pending in the state Senate. This legislation — known on the Senate side as S981A — would fully vacate the criminal convictions of human-trafficking victims. In 2010, NY became the first state to enact a law that allows…Continue reading NY Should Allow Trafficking Survivors To Clear Criminal Records

“Gay Panic” Defense Can No Longer Be Used to Excuse Murder, a Win for Trans Sex Workers

Just before the June 30, 2019, kickoff of the World Pride March in New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed A2707, a new law that bans the “gay and transgender panic” defense from being used in murder cases prosecuted in New York State. The panic defense has historically been utilized to lessen charges in…Continue reading “Gay Panic” Defense Can No Longer Be Used to Excuse Murder, a Win for Trans Sex Workers

New York Legislator To Introduce “Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act” – June 10, 2019

On June 10, Assemblywoman Julia Salazar, in tandem with local coalition DecrimNY, announced that she would be introducing a series of bills in the NY legislature that would fully decriminalize sex work in New York State. While it usually takes years to enact legislation into law, the mere introduction of the NY legislation fits with…Continue reading New York Legislator To Introduce “Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act” – June 10, 2019