is a Radio Rookies' graduate. Her first story, "Legal Status" was apart of the Mosholu workshop, which was recognized with a George Foster Peabody Award for broadcast excellence in 2005. Since then she has gone on to produce other stories for Rookies, and worked as a Rookies Producer to teach new rookies to do the same.Veralyn has also worked with various departments at WNYC Radio, including News and Culture, and produces independent work for her website, VeralynMedia.com. She is currently works to build power in Central Brooklyn as Communications Organizer at Brooklyn Movement Center, a membership-led, direct-action, community organizing group. Through all of her endeavors she aims to give a voice to perspectives that are often forgotten in the media.
Advocates Push for Law to Decriminalize Sex Trade for Teens
Thursday, July 10, 2008
New York, NY –
Advocates hoping to decriminalize teen sex crimes are urging Gov. David Paterson to sign a bill that would offer young people assistance in getting out of the sex trade, instead of jail time.
The "Safe Harbor for Exploited Children Act" would not hold children under age 17 criminally liable for sexually-based crimes like prostitution. The bill has already been passed in both houses of the legislature.
The bill's co-sponsor, Queens Assemblyman William Scarbourough, joined Rachel Lloyd, director of a non-profit that works with sexually exploited girls, on the steps of City Hall.
She says the teens have been very involved in getting the bill through the legislature.
LLOYD: The girls have been really hardcore advocates and come up to Albany every year and it's really been their efforts more than anyone else's that have put it to the point where it unanimously passed in the Senate and the Assembly.
REPORTER: John Feinblatt, criminal justice coordinator for the city, says the legislation does not do enough to help the teens - it only offers them help, but does not ensure that they accept it.
Paterson is expected to review the bill. No word yet on whether he will sign it.