Sex work/sex trade organizations and individuals from across the US collaborated to produce a report on violations of human rights of sex workers and people profiled as sex workers. The report will be submitted before the UN Human Rights Council when the US goes up this year for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a process in which each state’s record on human rights is examined.
The report covers police violence and profiling of people engaged in sex work/sex trades, the repercussions of the prison system on people’s lives and other forms of institutional discrimination sex workers face.
Yesterday, the Desiree Alliance hosted a panel discussion at the US Social Forum on addressing sex worker human rights violations and the role that the UPR process plays in holding the US accountable for its human rights track record. Speakers on the panel talked about the ways in which local and national policies and approaches to sex work lead to gross human rights violations and international mechanisms designed to address them. Speakers included Andrea Ritchie, human rights attorney (left) and Deon Haywood of Women with a Vision in New Orleans (right) and myself. J. Kirby, a human rights activist, moderated the discussion.