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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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Programs

The following Open Society programs focus on this topic.

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Recent Work

Report
No Turning Back

This report offers a look at sex worker–led programming that has reduced police abuse, health risks, and other adverse impacts of bad laws and law enforcement on sex workers.

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Criminalized Condoms Force China’s Sex Workers to Make a Difficult Choice

A new study shows how sex workers are made more vulnerable by police seizures of condoms as evidence of illegal activity.

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Health Funders and Grantees: Who Sets the Agenda?

Frontline NGOs may not measure their impact in terms of infections averted or treated—yet they have become essential to donors who do.

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The Many Consequences of Violence Against Sex Workers

Across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, a number of innovative programs are helping to counter the threats that sex workers face on a regular basis.

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Understanding Sex Work in an Open Society

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

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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.