NEWS: FMP HOSTS INFORMAL MEETING ON TRAFFICKING

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Subject: NEWS: FMP HOSTS INFORMAL MEETING ON TRAFFICKING
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Fri Apr 23 1999 - 15:36:50 EDT


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>FMP HOSTS INFORMAL MEETING ON TRAFFICKING
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>Representatives of human rights, immigrant rights and women's
>organizations, as
>well as several academic experts, met on April 13 to discuss issues
>relating to
>human trafficking, particularly in light of two recent legislative
>initiatives on
>this matter. The meeting was co-sponsored by the Forced Migration Projects
>and the
>Network Women's Program of the Open Society Institute. Participants included
>representatives from Human Rights Watch, the International Human Rights Law
>Group,
>Equality Now, the International League for Human Rights, the Coalition Against
>Trafficking in Women and the ACLU Immigrant Rights Project. Many participants
>voiced various concerns about the bills sponsored by Senator Paul Wellstone
>(D-MN)
>and Representative Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ), currently before Congress. Of
>greatest concern were the respective definitions of trafficking victims in
>each of
>the bills. If passed in their current form, certain categories of victims
>might not
>be adequately covered by the legislation. While there was general agreement
>that
>greater protections are needed for exploited and abused trafficking
>victims, views
>diverged on the best approach to achieve such ends. It was agreed to hold
>further
>consultations in Washington with Congressional staff members and
>Administration
>representatives. A meeting is tentatively planned for May.
>
>For more information contact:
> The Forced Migration Projects
> 400 West 59th Street, 4th floor
> New York, NY 10019
> tel: (212)548-0655
> fax: (212) 548-4676
> e-mail: refugee@sorosny.org
> website: www.soros.org/migrate.html
>

Melanie Orhant


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