Bloggers Note: For those who experienced domestic violence and lived the trade, we already know there are good and bad people out there. This blog wants to be able to endorse the YWCA efforts as they step up to engage in maintaining their mission as being part of the solution to better the lives of … Continue reading Supporting New Services and Awareness Campaigns in Central Pa
A Memory & A Dream Suppressed To Maintain Freedom (Part One of Two) A (Strong Content) Poem By M. Dante (c) 1996 NYC Audio Recording 2006 Philadelphia
The Scottish Government is pouring money into projects which push vulnerable people into the criminal justice system via the police. [A Scottish rescue organization] responded by saying it would be 'out of their hands' if the police were to arrest women involved in prostitution, who did not comply [with forced rescue]. Not exactly the holistic person-centred approach that we had been hoping for that all women should be entitled to. Far from it. I asked if they would contact the police if someone did not agree to the diversion programme, to which she said yes. "How scary is that?" Original article: https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/11391/laura-lee-open-letter-ash-regan-denham-msp-sex-workers-rights#
The Sanctuary dome will be part of a temporary installation about Philadelphia Sex Workers, and the violence they face. Assembled at The Philadelphia Museum of Art beginning Sept. 9. More information at: https://www.thefix.com/sex-workers-and-drug-users-speak-out-philadelphia
Manchester police officials said in response they wanted (Kate) D’Adamo fired because her personal views violated the federal grant that paid her salary. According to one of the 41 stipulations of the grant, the Manchester Police Department cannot promote, support or advocate for the legalization of prostitution. The stipulation also prohibits Manchester police from using grant funds to promote, support or advocate for the legalization of prostitution, according to grant paperwork. firstname.lastname@example.org
ESPU-PHILLY Endorses the Consensus Statement on HIV "Treatment as Prevention" in Criminal Law Reform. This is because the two biggest problems with almost all HIV criminal laws and prosecutions are that 1) they focus on HIV disclosure rather than on whether the PLHIV had an intent to do harm; and 2) HIV laws’ felony punishment and severe sentences treat any risk of HIV infection as the equivalent of murder or manslaughter. An April 2017 Pub Med article confirms: - diagnosis rates and laws criminalizing HIV exposure in the United States found no association between HIV or AIDS diagnosis rates and criminal exposure laws across states over time, suggesting that these laws have had no detectable HIV prevention effect.
CONGRATS on a successful fundraiser and community gathering! Saturday, July 22, 10-3pm Rummage Sale to benefit the new Crossroads Women's Center 5011 Wayne Ave., Phila 19144
Data collected from this research will be used to help draft policy recommendation promoting the health and safety of US sex workers by sex worker rights-led organizations. It will also help identify what barriers sex workers face in accessing services, protecting their sexual health and reporting violence.
I am a family medicine physician who has worked in Philadelphia and New York City for three years, and I know how the BCRA will affect trafficked people: It will unequivocally harm them. I know this because I run the Institute for Family Health’s PurpLE Clinic (Purpose: Listen and Engage) in New York City, which provides health care for human trafficking survivors. Senators who tout the horrors of human trafficking must choose between supporting survivors or supporting the BCRA.
Wendelijn Vollbehr is a sociology graduate of the VU University of Amsterdam. For her masterthesis she conducted qualitative research on sex worker-led organizations in collaboration with the Red Umbrella Fund. Her research interests are human rights, especially minority rights, marginalization and empowerment.
“Without my medications, I would die, and without my health insurance, I can’t afford my meds, which cost $10,000 per month. I remember the early days of HIV when people got sick and just died. Today the science and the medications are better. We don’t need to die, but under the Senate bill we will.
Pennsylvania Senate has already passed Senate Bill 6 (SB ) aka The "Public Assistance Integrity Act (PAIA)" . It is heading to the PA House of Representatives, and we need your help to prevent its passage!
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) has been working to combat child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking since 1993.
Mankind has often searched for the meaning of life in the arms of another, be that a blessing or a blasphemy to the concept of God.
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Billy Penn PHL Blog Announces Mexican Sex Work Exhibition: “How Did I Get Here?” opening reception, July 13, from 6-8 pm, Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 South 22nd St. Exhibition runs through Aug. 6.
Sex workers demand law enforcement focus their efforts on sex crimes and human trafficking. US PROS Collective | The US PROStitutes Collective (US PROS) is a multiracial network of women who work or have worked in different areas of the sex industry. Founded in 1982, US PROS campaigns for the decriminalization of prostitution and for justice, protection and resources so that no woman, young person or man is forced into prostitution through poverty or violence.
In the United States, we have created this large machine of vice units to go after the sex industry," explained Jean Bruggeman, executive director of the national anti-trafficking organization Freedom Network USA. "I think in their zeal to help they are doing some very wrongheaded things," including mass arrests of sex workers and John stings using fake Backpage ads.
ESPLERP Update for July 2017 Status of the court case: Great news!! The Ninth Circuit has informed our attorneys that oral arguments are slated for October 2017. It looks like the specific date will be between October 10th and 20th, with the exact date being set no later than early August. Our lawyers say that they … Continue reading ESPLERP Update July 2017
On what the government should actually do to help sex workers: It would be to not only decriminalise, but to ensure occupational hazards are not there, to ensure safety. Just decriminalisation is not going to help anyone. You’ll have to decriminalise such that safe working conditions can be instituted. So you decriminalise, then institute safe working conditions, then sex workers will start becoming safe. Today when organising and collectivising sex workers, that is the environment that we can see: this is how a decriminalised set up will look like. The collectivisation gives you a support that keeps you safe from petty political criminal elements, goondas. That gives you an environment of safety and being organised to fight violations and violence.
“We want to reach out and connect with people on their terms,” said Project SAFE volunteer Jeanette Bowles, 35, a social worker who just earned her doctorate from Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health.