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Organizations: Call on US to Heed UN Words on Sex Worker Rights

February 28, 2011

In November 2010, the human rights record of the United States was reviewed in Geneva by the United Nations Human Rights Council. This means the human rights record of the U.S. was given official scrutiny of the international community.

Among many recommendations made by members of the U.N. to the U.S., member state Uruguay called on the Obama Administration to "Undertake awareness-raising campaigns for combating stereotypes and violence against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people; and ensure access to public services paying attention to the special vulnerability of sexual workers to violence and human rights abuses."

The U.N.'s recommendations create an opportunity to form sustained collaborations between the Federal, State, and Local institutions and community organizations for the purpose of reducing human rights abuses of sex workers.

Please join the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA) in endorsing a letter to urge our nation to take these recommendations seriously.


This action by the global community highlights human rights issues that have gone unnoticed for too long. Because of the stigma and criminalization associated with sex work, sex workers (and those profiled as such) are highly vulnerable to violence, discrimination and human rights abuses. They are also frequently impeded from accessing critical services such as healthcare, and the right to equal protection under the law. When murder, sexual assault, or physical and verbal assault is committed in these communities, they are often systematically ignored.

We know that the marginalization of sex workers and LGBTQ people fuels HIV stigma and aids HIV transmission. Please act today to support these powerful recommendations.

Please click here to see the full text of the letter and to add the endorsement of your organization.

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