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About PLRI

The Paulo Longo Research Initiative is a collaboration of researchers, policy analysts and sex workers working within the sex workers rights movement to improve the human rights, health and well being of sex. workers. Led by independent sex workers, and named after sex worker activist Paulo Henrique Longo, PLRI is committed to developing, consolidating and disseminating 

History

We formed our partnership in 2008. The idea for the Paulo Longo Research Initiative (PLRI) arose among activists, policy advocates and academics who were frustrated by the quality of information on sex work available. Although there are many excellent books, essays and studies about sex work – including several by sex workers – a great deal of scholarship on sex work is misguided and stigmatizing. Sex workers frequently complain that much of what is written about them reflects prejudices and myths rather than the reality of their lives.

PLRI People

These are some of the people that founded PLRI.

1. The Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex University UK

Kate Hawkins

 Kate has worked with multilaterals, bilateral donors, researchers and the non-governmental sector on sexuality policy related issues. In recent years she has had more of a focus on research communications and the process by which evidence is translated into policy and practice.

Susie Jolly

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