New York State Bill A7670/S4429, to vacate prostitution convictions resulting from coerced involvement in sex work, was signed into law by Governor Patterson on 15 August 2010.
The 'Vacating Convictions' Bill allows survivors of trafficking to remove past convictions of prostitution from their records. Prostitution convictions make it difficult for people who have been trafficked to reintegrate into society, as they often find that they have fewer options for legal employment, obstacles to obtaining safe housing, and difficulties getting immigration status. The Bill would only apply to victims of trafficking, and will provide them with a real chance at a safe and stable life.
Follow this link to read the text of State Senate Bill S04489.
A victory for survivors of trafficking
Huffington Post 09/01/2010
Trafficking Survivors Get Relief under NY Law
New law seen as victory for trafficked women
NY law nixes crime record for coerced prostitution
Governor Paterson Signs New Bill Clearing Prostitution Convictions, in Certain Cases
New York Magazine 08/17/2010
Landmark Sex-Trafficking Bill Pending in Albany
History Starts Now 06/29/2010
NY lawmakers legislate items from oil to bedbugs
What you can do
Promote a 'Vacating Convictions for Trafficked Persons' bill in your state
As of January 2011, there are pending bills to vacate convictions for trafficked persons in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Illinois, Virginia, and Maryland! Talk to your elected officials about introducing a bill in your state!
Read SWP's testimony about Maryland's pending bill.
Donate to SWP
Currently, SWP is bringing motions under the new law on behalf of survivors of trafficking – this work desperately needs financial support! Please donate here.