CLE: Equality Model


February 23, 2021 12:00 pm

The NYWBA Human Trafficking Committee and Proskauer Rose LLP present the CLE Program:
Equality Model: The Legislative Solution to Reducing Human Trafficking

Across the country, there is a heated debate and discussion about criminal justice. Among the many proposals being advocated by some is decriminalizing the sex trade in the U.S. Proponents for full decriminalization support not only decriminalizing those prostituted, but pimps, brothel owners and sex buyers as well.

Survivors of the sex trade and their legal advocates vehemently disagree that full decriminalization is prudent reform and believe that it would further commoditize vulnerable people and increase human trafficking. They instead support legislation based on the Equality Model that would decriminalize those sold in the sex trade but maintain that those who exploit others should still be held accountable for the devastating harm they cause. These survivors and advocates are hoping to make NYS the first state to enact the Equality Model in the 2021 legislative session.

In “Equality Model: the legislative solution to reducing human trafficking,” lawyers and other advocates will discuss the global history of the Equality Model and how passage of this legislation would affect NY law and protect survivors of trafficking. You will also hear directly from trafficking survivors who will explain why their personal experiences have made them certain that full decriminalization of prostitution is dangerous and would increase violence against people in the sex trade.

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Location By Zoom link (which will be sent to committee members and those who RSVP)
CLE:  pending*
Cost: Free
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*CLE Credits pending:  Proskauer Rose LLP is an accredited CLE provider. Approval of CLE credit is pending in accordance with the requirements of the NYS CLE Board for the above-listed credit hours for established attorneys and as transitional credit hours for newly admitted attorneys.