Rally and Press Conference June 6 2013 on steps of New York City Hall

District Attorneys and Elected Officials Unite with Advocacy Organizations to Address Public Health Crisis

For more information, please contact:

Andrea Ritchie, Streetwise and Safe (646) 831-1243

Emma Caterine, Red Umbrella Project (757) 303-1404

What: A press conference and rally calling for an end to the confiscation and introduction of condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses

When: June 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM EST

Where: Steps of New York City Hall

Who:

  • Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice
  • Office of Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes
  • New York Assemblymembers Walter T. Mosley III, Francisco Moya
  • New York City Council Members Jessica Lappin, Stephen Levin, Daniel Dromm, Jimmy Van Bramer
  • Ellen Meyers, widow of Judge Gustin Reichbach
  • Michael Polenberg, Vice President of Government Affairs, Safe Horizon
  • Suzanne Seltzer, New York Anti-Trafficking Network
  • Individuals affected by this practice
  • Human Rights Watch, Lambda Legal, Make the Road New York, New York City Anti-Violence Project, New York Civil Liberties Union, Red Umbrella Project, Streetwise and Safe (SAS), Urban Justice Center.

Background: Legislation that would prohibit police from confiscating and prosecutors from introducing possession of condoms as evidence of intent to engage in prostitution-related offenses is currently pending before the New York State legislature (AB2736/SB1379) (Clark/Montgomery), and a resolution in support of the state bills is now before the City Council (Res. 0710-2011) (Lappin).  Last year Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, who will assume leadership of the District Attorneys Association of New York State next month, became the first to issue a policy that her office would no longer introduce possession of condoms as evidence in any prostitution-related cases, including sex trafficking cases. Recently, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes instructed the New York City Police Department to stop collecting condoms as evidence in prostitution cases. Anti-trafficking advocates, civil and human rights groups, LGBT organizations, immigrants’ rights groups and advocates for the rights of individuals in the sex trades are calling on the NYPD to comply with DA Hynes’ request, and on city and state lawmakers to pass legislation to ensure that all New Yorkers can protect themselves by carrying condoms.

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