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Toward a Human Rights Approach to Sex Work Policy

Sex worker activists and allies in the global movement for sexual health, justice, and human rights celebrated as the United States recognized the basic rights of sex workers.

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Violence Against Indigenous people in the Sex Trade in Canada

Aboriginal sex workers are subject to dual discrimination, experience high rates of violence, including murder, and high rates of HIV among other outcomes associated with violations of their human rights.

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Sex Worker Movement Building: What I’ve Learned From a Year of Professional Feminism

The American sex worker rights movement has a long way to go, and we can learn a lot from activists in other parts of the world. For example, there are eight countries in Europe that accept sex workers trade unions branches in pre-existing unions. In India, I met sex workers who are illiterate and live in one room buildings without electricity – but they can talk fiercely about human rights, language which is all but absent from our movement.

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Trafficking Report: Less Sensationalism, More Reality

The State Department’s new Trafficking in Persons report suggests that the Obama administration will opt for evidence-based responses to trafficking over putting restrictions on women "for their own good."

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Gates Foundation Program to Fight HIV in India Wasted, Says Forbes India

Forbes India today evaluates Avahan, the $258 million Gates Foundation HIV prevention initiative on the ground in India. And the program doesn’t fare well.

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Good News On U.S. Anti-Trafficking Policy

The White House’s appointment of Luis de Baca to be the head of the Trafficking In Persons office suggests that it appreciates the importance of a harm reduction approach to the problem of trafficking.

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She-roes Visit Washington to Share Victories Working with Women in the Sex Sector

Does U.S. foreign policy combat HIV and trafficking, or combat women working in the sex sector?

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Harm Reduction Lessons for Reproductive Justice

Harm reduction is a public health philosophy that emphasizes individual safety, regardless of lifestyle choices, over prohibition. How can this approach make sex work safer?

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Sex Worker Advocates Score Victory Against Stigmatization in India

Sex workers rights advocates have reason to celebrate this International Sex Workers Rights Day. Last week, an amendment that would have further stigmatized sex workers failed in the Indian Cabinet.

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“Homeland” Security Under Napolitano, Key Player in Fight Against Trafficking

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and her team are important players in setting a new agenda for fighting human trafficking. But we have reason to be concerned about how they’ll do it.

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