Survey: Sex Workers and Law Enforcement

I’m simply passing this along:

The Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP) of the Open Society Institute’s Public Health Program is dedicated to improving the health and protecting the rights of people who are stigmatized because of their sexual practices, real or perceived sexual orientation, and/ or gender identity. SHARP works with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, men who have sex with men (MSM) and sex workers, particularly to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS, by increasing access to equitable health and social care services and promoting laws, policies and practices that bring an end to discrimination and abuse.

Due to extreme marginalization and criminalization in many societies, sex workers are unable to access basic health and education services for fear of punishment, and are limited in their freedom of movement. These barriers have led to increased health risks for and human rights violations against sex workers worldwide. Stronger and more positive relationships with law enforcement may help reduce these barriers and allow sex workers to more fully realize their rights and protect their health. Examining programs and interventions used around the world to address law enforcement-sex worker relations will allow for the development of a list of effective strategies and lessons learned which can guide existing programs and help build new ones.

I am conducting this research as a graduate student at Columbia University and an intern with SHARP. The attached survey is brief. It asks some general questions about the relationship between law enforcement and sex workers within your community, including whether any specific efforts have been undertaken to improve interactions between sex workers and police. Organizations or individuals that indicate they have developed programs to address law enforcement-sex worker relations will be sent a follow-up questionnaire and may be contacted by telephone.

If you are able to participate, please send your response by March 3 to me at calexander@sorosny.org. Please feel free to contact me with any comments, questions or concerns regarding this survey.

Thank you very much for your time and assistance,

Christina Alexander

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