Against a wider backdrop of sexual violence being committed against, and perpetrated by, children and adolescents, the sexualization of under-aged teenagers in Jamaica is extremely problematic.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee spoke out forcefully at the International AIDS Conference on policy reforms including defunding abstinence-only programs, authorization of the REAL Act, support for clean needle exchange programs, and the creation of a domestic PEPFAR.
It is not by chance that children and young people in India and countries in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and other regions of the world, are being denied comprehensive, evidence-based sexuality education.
As young people, we are fighting not only for access to information that will save our lives, but also to information that will help us better understand ourselves and explore sexuality safely, as a healthy and natural part of who we are.
Next month, the Parliament of India will vote on an amendment that could further stigmatize and violate the human rights of sex workers by criminalizing the purchase of sexual services in India.
In the four weeks since the May 12 federal immigration raids at Agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa, St. Bridget’s Church has been a refuge for the plant’s undocumented workers.