Reposted with Permission by NJ Red Umbrella Alliance
Lately, NJRUA has been working to respond to the continued exclusion of sex workers from important policy consultations.
Last week, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, an organization that fails to recognize the autonomy and capacity of women to engage in the sex trade, wrote an open letter with the support of several high ranked Hollywood stars against to Amnesty International against their proposed policy to support the decriminalization of sex work. In response, sex workers globally have been writing their own letters to remind Amnesty International that the human rights of sex workers need to come before politics. In response, NJRUA community activist & sex worker has come forward to share her opinions on why it is important to support the decriminalization of sex work in a short video. Her statement can be viewed here.
Yesterday, the Office for AIDS Policy released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States (to 2020). Despite claims of ending social stigma and exclusion, the consultation process & final report fail to acknowledge and recognize the issues that sex workers face. In response, South Jersey Regional Director Derek Demeri worked with Best Practices Policy Project to release a statement about this exclusion. Their statement can be found here.
These issues highlight the historical exclusion of sex workers from important policy decisions regarding their health and rights. NJRUA will continue to partner with key partners to advance this historical problem, and continue to promote the rights of sex workers.
The New Jersey Red Umbrella Alliance
An Alliance of activists promoting the human rights of sex workers living/working in New Jersey
Sex Worker Rights = Human Rights