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To Protect and Serve: A Conversation About Sex Work, Policing, and Health

  • When
  • November 13, 2017
    6:00–8:00 p.m.
  • Where
  • Open Society Foundations–New York
    224 West 57th Street
    New York, NY 10019
    United States of America
  • Speakers
  • John W. Meade Jr, Ceyenne Doroshow, Jenna Torres, KB White, Leigh Latimer, Melissa Gira Grant, Sebastian Kohn and Paul Kobrak
  • Programs
  • Public Health Program

Please join the New York City HIV Planning Group and the Open Society Public Health Program for a conversation about sex work, policing, and health in New York.

Although the police are charged with protecting safety and upholding human rights for everyone, repressive policing has often resulted in the very opposite for sex workers. Policing practices, such as the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution and systematic entrapment, significantly impact sex workers’ health.

At this event, we will talk about the history of police reform in this area, and the challenges that sex workers in New York face as they interact with the criminal justice system.


  • JW

    John W. Meade Jr


    John W. Meade Jr. is special assistant to the assistant commissioner of the NYC Health Department’s Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control.

  • CD

    Ceyenne Doroshow


    Ceyenne Doroshow is founder and director of G.L.I.T.S.

  • JT

    Jenna Torres


    Jenna Torres is a community organizer for the Red Umbrella Project.

  • KW

    KB White


    KB White is a paralegal with the Legal Aid Society.

  • LL

    Leigh Latimer


    Leigh Latimer is head of Exploitation Intervention at the Legal Aid Society.

  • MG

    Melissa Gira Grant


    Melissa Gira Grant is an author and journalist.

  • SK

    Sebastian Kohn


    Sebastian Kohn is director of Sexual Health & Rights at the Open Society Public Health Program.

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    Paul Kobrak


    Paul Kobrak, PhD, is director of Risk Reduction in Vulnerable Populations at the NYC Health Department’s Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control.

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