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The Global Commission on HIV and the Law seeks submissions from the Latin America region

On the 26-27 June 2011 the Global Commission on HIV and the Law will hold a consultation on the Latin America region. The Commission is working to improve HIV responses by addressing key legal barriers and promoting enabling legal environments.

You can read more about the commission on their website.

Sex work, HIV and the state: An interview with Cheryl Overs

An article in Feminist Review, No 48, Autumn 1994. The article is comprised of a conversation between Cheryl Overs and Nell Druce. It provides a fascinating insight into thinking on the links between sex work, feminism, HIV, same sex desire, the ethics of research and the role of the state in the abuse and protection of rights.

Brazilian national response to HIV/AIDS amongst sex workers

The specific objectives of the study were to explore and analyze consistencies and mismatches between existing official Brazilian policy guidelines and program implementation in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and health care among female sex workers.

Data analysis and major findings discussed throughout the report are organized around five major themes as follows:

1) STD/HIV/AIDS prevention policies and programs directed at sex workers evolved in the last two decades;

Creating an Enabling Legal and Policy Environment for Sex Workers

This thematic discussion paper for the Consultation on Sex Work and HIV in Asia and the Pacific captures many of the complex issues around sex work and law. Among its recommendations are: 

Only Rights can Stop the Wrongs: The Smart Person's Guide to HIV and Sex Work

Unfavourable laws, stigma, violence, and discrimination cause sex workers’ vulnerability to ill health, social exclusion and human rights violations. Sex workers face these to varying degrees in all cultures from Switzerland to Swaziland, Canada to Cambodia.

This guide, published by the International Network of Sex Work Projects, outlines their understanding of HIV and sex work and sets out their global agenda for change.

News interview with sex workers in Uganda

This news interview features members of the Network of Sex Work Projects. They describe the challenges that they face in Uganda and the way that they are subject to stigma and discrimination and excluded from development policy and plans.

A focus on sex workers

A blog by Aziza Ahmed on the Open Democracy website in which the author reflects on Meena Seshu's plenary presentation at the International AIDS Conference and human rights, sex work and HIV more broadly.

Chinese Government Detains Sex Worker Activist Calling for the Decriminalisation of Sex Work: Statement from the NSWP

On Monday August 2, 2010 police in Beijing detained Ye Haiyan, an activist with community based organisation the China Women's Rights Workshop, after she joined other sex workers in publicly petitioning for the Chinese government to decriminalise prostitution. The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) stands in solidarity with Ye Haiyan, human rights defenders, and sex workers who speak up against stigma, discrimination, and the criminalisation of our livelihoods

Assessment of the Human Rights Impact of Anti-Trafficking Policies

This is a report of a meeting to discuss a research tool specifically designed to  assess this issue by measuring the impact of Human Rights & Trafficking  programmes and policies.

Over the last few years the need for a human rights approach to trafficking in human beings has been increasingly recognised. Underlying this need are two concerns:

1.The lack of protection and assistance that current policies offer to trafficked persons, despite the fact that trafficking is generally recognised as a serious violation of human rights

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