Decriminalization of Sex Work

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Mon, 10/30/2017 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm
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A discussion of sex work, decriminalization, and harm reduction

The Drug Policy Alliance held its 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference recently in Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s policy conference was not dominated by white middle class male Libertarians -- thankfully -- and instead emphasized harm reduction, identity politics, and advocacy for people who use drugs. One of the panels was titled Sex Work, the Drug War, and the Need for Decriminalization. Tonight on Prison Pipeline, we bring you audio from that panel.

Appearing on this edition of Prison Pipeline:

Sarah Mann, a former sex worker and injection drug user who holds a master’s degree in Literary Studies and is the editor of Open Minds Quarterly, a literary magazine about mental health published by the Northern Initiative for Social Action in Northern Ontario, Canada

Sasanka Jinadasa, a consultant and partner at Reframe Health and Justice in Washington, DC.

Alix Lutnick, PhD, a senior research scientist at RTI International in San Francisco who is a former sex worker and is the author of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Beyond Victims and Villains, which was published in 2016 by Columbia University Press.

Cyndee Clay, executive director of HIPS, a harm reduction, advocacy, and outreach organization based in Washington, DC, and an internationally recognized expert with over twenty years of experience in program development, nonprofit management, and evaluation for improving the health and safety of people who use drugs, sex workers, and transgender individuals.

Andrea Ritchie, a member of the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table and a Researcher in Residence on Race, Gender Sexuality and Criminalization at the Barnard Center for Research on Women.

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