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Mexican Sex Trafficker Sentenced Today in Federal Court

Department of Justice: The United States Attorney's Office East District of New York

June 25, 2014

Antonio Lira-Robles was sentenced before Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, New York, to 188 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for the sex trafficking of one victim and restitution in the amount of approximately $1.2 million dollars. Sanctuary for Families provided services and advocacy to the victims in this case.

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C.D.4: Abrahams Criticizes Rice Over Shift In 'FlushThe Johns' Policy


June 5, 2014

Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced dozens of men arrested in last year’s “Flush the Johns” anti-prostitution sting could plead guilty to a reduced charge. In spite of the criticism, Sanctuary for Families executive director Judy Kluger said: "We are appreciative of the efforts of District Attorney Kathleen Rice in helping to raise the awareness of the impact of demand in human trafficking."

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Supporters Want Human Trafficking Bill Passed Outside of Women's Equality Agenda

The Legislative Gazette

June 17, 2014

On Tuesday, June 17th, supporters of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act gathered in Albany to show their support for the bill, which would offer protections to victims of sex trafficking.  Sanctuary's Director of Anti-Trafficking Policy and Advocacy Lauren Hersh read a letter from a concerned father urging Speaker Sheldon Silver to bring the bill to the Assembly floor.

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Local Prostitution Ring Busted in National FBI Crackdown on Human Trafficking

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

June 22, 2014

Nine people were arrested at a Pittsburgh hotel as part of a larger FBI crackdown on prostitution rings. Detectives found their leads from ads on, a website featuring "adult services" classifieds and that Sanctuary's Lauren Hersh is quoted describing as an "extraordinarily harmful website."

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Let's Transcend Petty Politics and Pass the TVJPA

The Huffington Post

June 19, 2014

In this editorial, published on the last day of the New York State legislative session, Executive Director Judy Harris Kluger urges the Assembly to pass the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act.  Gridlock has held up passage of the act, but she urges the Assembly to think of the many victims who would be helped by the TVPJA.

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