U.S. Government Condemns Violence & Discrimination Against Sex Workers
By Rachel Farris
March 15, 2011
This article was provided by the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance.
"We agree that no one should face violence or discrimination in access to public services based on sexual orientation or their status as a person in prostitution."
This is a familiar sentiment to prevention justice activists, but it comes from an unfamiliar corner: for the first time, the U.S. government has taken a stance on the human rights of sex workers.
This formal condemnation of violence and discrimination against sex workers comes in response to a report by the United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The UPR, a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN member states once every four years, took place in November 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland.
A broad coalition of sex workers, family members, sex workers' rights groups, researchers and human rights activists known as Human Rights for All: Concerned Advocates for the Rights of Sex Workers and People in the Sex Trade came together to urge the State Department to accept UPR Recommendation #86. In Recommendation #86, 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 [sex] workers to violence and human rights abuses."
On Friday March 18th sex workers will stage demonstrations in cities across the country to celebrate adoption of Recommendation #86.
The acknowledgement of sex workers' rights and vulnerability to violence and discrimination as a distinct issue from human trafficking is a key victory. The special vulnerability of sex workers to HIV infection -- particularly transgender sex workers and people of color -- makes this declaration by the U.S. government an encouraging step forward for prevention justice. We stand with allies for the human rights of sex workers and will closely follow the U.S. government's "serious efforts" to end discrimination and violence against this community!
Centers for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Seek to Engage Networks in Supporting Strategy's Goals
Add Your Comment:
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read TheBody.com's Comment Policy.)
Positive Policy is a multi-blogger forum for sharing developments in law, policy and activism relevant to people living with, working in and otherwise affected by HIV/AIDS.
Subscribe to Positive Policy:
May 19, 2014 - 10 Reasons to Address HIV/AIDS in Asian-American and Pacific-Islander Communities
April 4, 2013 - Patient Navigators: Ending the Epidemic -- A Blog Entry by Paul A. Kawata
March 26, 2013 - This Is a Huge Week for LGBT Equality! A Blog Entry in Positive Policy
November 1, 2012 - Vote Tuesday! Make Sure the HIV/AIDS Community Is Heard! A Blog Entry by Paul Kawata
October 9, 2012 - Damned If You Don't: A Blog Entry in Positive Policy
A Brief Disclaimer:
The opinions expressed by TheBody.com's bloggers are entirely their own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of TheBody.com itself.