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The Center for HIV Law and Policy, Equality Federation, and Heat: Health Education Alternatives for Teens, invite you to join us for a day organizing to develop an advocacy strategy for policy change on comprehensive sexual health care for LGBTQ youth in state custody.
COYOTEri Mission: We oppose Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion. Decriminalization is empowering whereas LEAD places people in a cycle of punitive and social services. While we support DECRIM, we vehemently oppose all forms of human trafficking and child prostitution. The victims of these crimes deserve our compassion and support; those who exploit others in such a manner deserve severe punishment. Our goal is to reduce harm by education and decriminalizing indoor consensual sex work between consenting adults.
UUPLAN's Anti-Mass Incarceration Team has agreed to support SB 554 - Safe Harbor in Human Trafficking. This bill would send minors who are victims of sex trafficking to treatment rather than prosecuting them. The bill was introduced by Senator Greenleaf and has passed the Senate (50-0). It has been referred to House Judiciary Committee which has not yet scheduled a hearing.
The legal challenge was brought by three ex-prostitutes, a would-be client, and ESPLER (Erotic Service Providers Legal, Educational and Research Project). They received good news Thursday after the 9th Circuit judges hinted that some scrutiny of the law was needed. “Why should it be illegal to sell something that it’s legal to give away?” asked, as the Chronicle reported. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White rejected the challenge last year, saying the 2003 Supreme Court ruling was concerning intimate personal relationship and did not apply to commercial sex, adding that California justified the law against prostitution as a deterrence to violence against women, sexually transmitted diseases and human trafficking, according to the Chronicle.
SWEAT launches #Say Her Name campaign. Go to sweat.org.za/say-her-name/ to see the tributes to these brave women.
Five alleged Pennsylvania sex traffickers and four alleged pimps were arrested last week as part of the FBI's Operation Cross Country XI, an annual law enforcement effort.
M. Dante explains why she supports ESPLERP v Gascon.
After nearly 30 months working through the US Federal Court system, we finally get to stand up before a panel of judges and argue that California Penal Code 647(b) unfairly deprives consenting adults of the right to private activity, criminalizes the discussion of such activity, and unconstitutionally places prohibitions on our rights to freely associate.
ESPU thanks you Rachel for all you do!
Louis Sirkin, Preeminent First Amendment Lawyer, Will Argue Ninth Circuit Appeal Supporting Sexual Privacy, Against Criminalization Of Sex Work Sex Worker Activist’s Groundbreaking Court Case Scheduled For Oral Arguments In Ninth Circuit Of Appeal on October 19th
The two candidates for Philadelphia district attorney both say they would prosecute police for on-duty shootings if the evidence pointed to criminal conduct. That would represent a departure from usual practice: The last time a Philadelphia officer was criminally charged for an on-duty shooting was 18 years ago. In the decade from 2006 until early last … Continue reading Protecting People From Police
The Senate passed a bill reauthorizing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), the nation’s key federal policy on sex trafficking
In Washington DC HIPS hosted a historic event at our Center for Health and Achievement. Sex workers, allies, community members and more came together to celebrate the introduction of "The Reducing Criminalization to Improve Community Safety and Health Act of 2017". This is bill looks at the underlying systemic issues facing the residents of the District and offers a new approach to improve the health and safety of our residents,” says Cyndee Clay, Executive Director of HIPS, “Street-based sex workers who are engaged in survival sex work often bear the brunt of criminalization. Arresting those who are most at-risk causes irreparable harm, rendering people jobless, homeless, or subject to deportation. Our response to poverty and lack of traditional employment must be based in supportive services and housing, not incarceration.”
Human-Trafficking Arrests Are Very Rare in Most States - shared from Reason.com - Overall, the data do little to support the idea that the U.S. is experiencing unprecedented levels of labor and sex trafficking or that we are in the midst of some sort of "modern slavery" epidemic.
Nine men (one local) caught in human trafficking bust - Story http://www.yourerie.com/news/local-news/nine-men-one-local-caught-in-human-trafficking-bust/818793406 Nine men are facing charges following a human trafficking sting in Ohio. One of those men is reportedly from Crawford County. 63-year-old Charles Hart of Cochranton is one of the men facing charges in the arrests. The sting operation was conducted Thursday by … Continue reading PA Press: Human Trafficking as a Euphemism for Prostitution
Date for Oral Arguments Set Before the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Constitutional Challenge to California’s Prostitution Law. Sex workers argue prostitution laws infringe on adults’ constitutional right to private consensual activity. Contact: Maxine Doogan 415-265-3302, firstname.lastname@example.org