Queens Pride House forum on the trafficking of Asian women (5.1.13)


Queens Pride House to host forum on the human trafficking of Asian women in Queens on May 1

For more info., contact:
Pauline Park
President & acting executive director
(718) 424-4003 (h)
(718) 662-8893 (c)
(718) 429-5309 (QPH)
Queens Pride House
76-11 37th Ave., Suite 206
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

New York, 26 April 2013 — On May 1, Queens Pride House will host its first forum on the issue of the human trafficking of Asian women in Queens.  The forum will take place from 7-9 p.m. and will feature a panel of experts including So Yeon Kang, Project Free Manager at the New York Asian Women’s Center; Ivy O. Suriyopas, director of the anti-trafficking initiative at the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF); Lynly Egyes, staff attorney at the Sex Workers’ Project of the Urban Justice Center; and Tauno Biltsted, intensive case manager at Safe Horizon.

The panel will be moderated by Pauline Park, president of the board of directors and acting executive director of Queens Pride House. The forum will be the debut event of the Popular Resistance and Non-Violent Action (PRANA) Project, which is funded by the North Star Fund and is being co-sponsored by APICHA Community Health Center, the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF), the New York Anti-Trafficking Network (NYATN), the New York Asian Women’s Center, the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), Safe Horizon and Sakhi for South Asian Women.

Queens Pride House is the only lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community center in the borough and the only LGBT community center in the state with an Asian American executive director; it is one of two in the country headed by an executive director of Asian descent. Queens Pride House was founded in 1997 and moved to its present location on 37th Ave. in 2006. Pride House serves over 6,000 clients and conducts health support, education and referral programs, youth training, and cultural and social programming. For more information: