More than two hundred organizations and individuals have signed on to a declaration demanding the U.S. repeal and eliminate restrictions on domestic and global AIDS funds, which currently prevent sex workers around the world from receiving life saving HIV services and medicines. The statement, drafted by a coalition of sex workers and allies based in the United States, also calls for the U.S. to repeal the prostitution inadmissibility ground for immigration; that sex workers not be subjected to arrests, court proceedings, detention, mandatory testing or government-mandated “rehabilitation” programs; and that the U.S. reorient anti-trafficking campaigns to be in line with the standards set by the United Nations.
Former sex worker, current media maker and activist. Founder/director of the Red Umbrella Project (RedUP), a NYC-based, peer-led org that does media, storytelling, and advocacy with people with the sex trades. Lover of rescue animals (live with 2 dogs + cat), voracious reader, have case of late onset athleticism (running, triathlon, boxing).