• maxine-doogan

    anti prostituion pledge=anti women’s health

     

    since women are the primary occupants of the sex industry. 

    Our group got our local labor council to endorse this repeal the anti prostition pledge and let all of its endorced elected national officials know this position.

    Every group across the nation needs to endorse this resolution and make public to hold elected officials accountable…And given The Obama Administration has accepted UN Human Rights recommindation #86, it time to hold them accountable.

    The reauthorization of this horrible practice and policy by congress comes up on 2013 so get busy!

     

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    Resolution to Demand Congress Amend Current U.S. Policy and Practice on HIV Funding

    Whereas, the “United States Leadership against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act” (Global AIDS Act)  of 2003 forces non-government organizations (NGOs) to take an “anti- prostitution pledge” when receiving funding.

    Whereas, the existing legislation has two clauses known as the Anti-Prostitution Pledge includes the following clauses: 1) “No funds [...] may be used to promote or advocate the legalization or practice of prostitution or sex trafficking.”;  2) “No funds [...] may be used to provide assistance to any group or organization that does not have a policy explicitly opposing prostitution and sex trafficking

    Whereas, the Anti-Prostitution Pledge causes numerous problems and challenges.

    Whereas, the pledge further alienates and compromises both prostitutes and those who are having their labor forced, and makes outreach to an already difficult-to-reach group more challenging.

    Whereas, supporting the rights and self-determination of prostitutes has proven instrumental in preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS.

    Whereas, the language of this pledge promotes the misconception of prostitutes as vectors of disease and results in further stigmatization of sex workers.

    Whereas, the policy conflates prostitution and sex trafficking, which creates barriers for both sex worker advocates and forced labor opponents to make effective gains to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.

    Whereas, prostitution is not a federal crime and should not be internationally legislated through manipulation of funds.

    Whereas, in 1992, a sexually transmitted disease (STD)/HIV Intervention Program was established by India’s National AIDS Control Organization in Calcutta’s Sonagachi, Rambagan and Sethbagan, Jorabagan, and Rabindra Sarani districts with a conceptual framework that emphasized respect for sex workers, recognition of their profession, and reliance on their understanding.

    Whereas, UNAIDS – the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS – has supported the Sonagachi Model as a “best-practices” model.

    Therefore, be it resolved, the San Francisco Labor Council shall send letters to our elected officials – House Representative Nancy Pelosi, Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Diane Feinstein – to advocate for removal of the Anti-Prostitution Pledge from the Global AIDS Act and to bring this matter to the attention of our President.

    And further, be it resolved, this letter shall request that, as Congress continues to review renewal legislation for the Global AIDS Act, our representatives promote legislation aimed at saving the greatest number of lives and protecting the most people, and promote the Sonagachi Model.*

    submitted by Maxine Doogan, Erotic Service Providers Union and passed by the San Francisco Labor Council and the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee April 2010

     


       The Global AIDS Act originated as a part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and currently governs the distribution of HIV/AIDS funding distributed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

  • maxine-doogan

    anti prostituion pledge=anti women’s health

     

    since women are the primary occupants of the sex industry. 

    Our group got our local labor council to endorse this repeal the anti prostition pledge and let all of its endorced elected national officials know this position.

    Every group across the nation needs to endorse this resolution and make public to hold elected officials accountable…And given The Obama Administration has accepted UN Human Rights recommindation #86, it time to hold them accountable.

    The reauthorization of this horrible practice and policy by congress comes up on 2013 so get busy!

     

    Resolution to Demand Congress Amend Current U.S. Policy and Practice on HIV Funding

    Whereas, the “United States Leadership against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act” (Global AIDS Act)  of 2003 forces non-government organizations (NGOs) to take an “anti- prostitution pledge” when receiving funding.

    Whereas, the existing legislation has two clauses known as the Anti-Prostitution Pledge includes the following clauses: 1) “No funds [...] may be used to promote or advocate the legalization or practice of prostitution or sex trafficking.”;  2) “No funds [...] may be used to provide assistance to any group or organization that does not have a policy explicitly opposing prostitution and sex trafficking

    Whereas, the Anti-Prostitution Pledge causes numerous problems and challenges.

    Whereas, the pledge further alienates and compromises both prostitutes and those who are having their labor forced, and makes outreach to an already difficult-to-reach group more challenging.

    Whereas, supporting the rights and self-determination of prostitutes has proven instrumental in preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS.

    Whereas, the language of this pledge promotes the misconception of prostitutes as vectors of disease and results in further stigmatization of sex workers.

    Whereas, the policy conflates prostitution and sex trafficking, which creates barriers for both sex worker advocates and forced labor opponents to make effective gains to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.

    Whereas, prostitution is not a federal crime and should not be internationally legislated through manipulation of funds.

    Whereas, in 1992, a sexually transmitted disease (STD)/HIV Intervention Program was established by India’s National AIDS Control Organization in Calcutta’s Sonagachi, Rambagan and Sethbagan, Jorabagan, and Rabindra Sarani districts with a conceptual framework that emphasized respect for sex workers, recognition of their profession, and reliance on their understanding.

    Whereas, UNAIDS – the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS – has supported the Sonagachi Model as a “best-practices” model.

    Therefore, be it resolved, the San Francisco Labor Council shall send letters to our elected officials – House Representative Nancy Pelosi, Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Diane Feinstein – to advocate for removal of the Anti-Prostitution Pledge from the Global AIDS Act and to bring this matter to the attention of our President.

    And further, be it resolved, this letter shall request that, as Congress continues to review renewal legislation for the Global AIDS Act, our representatives promote legislation aimed at saving the greatest number of lives and protecting the most people, and promote the Sonagachi Model.*

    submitted by Maxine Doogan, Erotic Service Providers Union and passed by the San Francisco Labor Council and the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee April 2010

     


       The Global AIDS Act originated as a part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and currently governs the distribution of HIV/AIDS funding distributed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

     

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