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Sex Worker Rights

Sex Worker Rights

The Open Society Foundations work to ensure that people who are stigmatized because of their sexual practices, sexual orientation, or gender identity have access to quality health and social services and can effectively advocate for their rights.

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Sex, Drugs, and Canadian Politics: Advancing Human Rights for Sex Workers and People Who Use Drugs  

Pivot Legal Society’s Katrina Pacey and Adrienne Smith discuss how the organization is advancing rights in Canada through litigation and advocacy.

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A Striking Defeat for U.S. Government’s Anti-Prostitution Pledge

A U.S. federal court has found that the free speech rights of American public health organizations don’t stop at the border.

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Four Laws That Are Devastating Public Health in Uganda

For Ugandan lawmakers, it seems the best cure for a public health problem is a draconian prison sentence.

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In South Africa, Sex Workers Arm Themselves with the Law  

As a criminalized group, sex workers risk abuse form both clients and police alike. Now, sex workers in South Africa offer each other support and legal advice, empowering one another to realize their rights.

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How Police Can Arrest the Spread of HIV  

Across the globe, HIV rates are climbing among sex workers and people who use drugs. A novel approach to law enforcement is changing that.

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Police and HIV Prevention: A Crucial Partnership  

Sex workers and people who use drugs bear the brunt of new HIV infections. But a novel approach to law enforcement is changing this.