Human Trafficking, HIV/AIDS and the Sex Sector
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
09:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Human trafficking and forced labor are global human rights abuses. Over the past eight years, the United States has supported some excellent programs but it has also adopted an ideologically-driven approach to the sex sector that has harms women and their families, increases the vulnerability of people in the sex sector to violence and trafficking, prevents health care workers from accessing sex workers and does nothing to prevent trafficking. Sex workers who do not want to be 'saved' are being subjected to violent raids and rescues and some of them are being arrested, abused and deprived of their livelihood. Anyone receiving U.S. funding must sign a pledge never to discuss the benefits of working non-judgmentally and collaboratively with sex workers to stop trafficking, child prostitution and violence. This conference will bring together international and U.S. experts to share experiences and discuss the ways in which the Obama Administration can create a new U.S. policy on human trafficking that is consistent with international human rights standards and grounded in reality.
Presented by the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff & General Public – no charge
(registration is required)