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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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Recent Work

Understanding Sex Work in an Open Society

Who are sex workers, and why do the Open Society Foundations support their struggle for rights?

Why Amnesty International Must Hold Firm in Its Support for Sex Workers

The global human rights group may support the decriminalization of sex work. Now, it faces criticism led, in part, by Hollywood celebrities.

Punish the Sex Worker or the Client? You’re Asking the Wrong Question.

Across the world, the political left and right have inspired new populist support to end the demand for sex work through criminalization. This threatens the rights, health, safety, and wishes of sex workers.

Ten Reasons to Decriminalize Sex Work

This brief provides ten reasons why decriminalizing sex work is the best policy for promoting health and human rights for sex workers, their families, and communities.

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.

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.