Available for Interviews: Leaders of the Sex Workers Project (SWP) at the Urban Justice...
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Available for Interviews: Leaders of the Sex Workers Project (SWP) at the Urban Justice Center Experts on the legal, social and political issues surrounding sex work in America are available for media interviews. Leaders of the Sex Workers Project (SWP) at the Urban Justice Center, which seeks to protect the human and legal rights of sex workers are available for interviews. The SWP worked with New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's office to draft the "anti-trafficking" law that the state of New York passed in 2007, differing with him on several key points: the law's -- and the governor's -- excessive focus on attacking prostitution rather than trafficking, which are very different; and their position that greater punishment for clients of sex workers is a way to deter demand. Juhu Thukral, J.D., Director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center. Ms. Thukral, an attorney, has worked in the areas of domestic violence, reproductive rights, and women's economic justice. She is a co-author and co-investigator of the Urban Justice Center reports, Behind Closed Doors: An Analysis of Indoor Sex Work in New York City (2005); Revolving Door: An Analysis of Street-Based Prostitution in New York City (2003); and The Family Protection and Domestic Violence Intervention Act of 1995: Examining the Effects of Mandatory Arrest in New York City (2001). Melissa Ditmore, Ph.D., editor of the Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work (Greenwood Press, 2006). She was the principal investigator for Revolving Door, the first report released by the Sex Workers Project, and is currently a research consultant and coordinator of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (http://www.nswp.org). She also edits the annual journal Research for Sex Work (http://www.researchforsexwork.org). She has spoken about prostitution, migration rights and research ethics at the United Nations, the International Conference on HIV/AIDS, Columbia University, Cornell University, Hong KongCity University and numerous academic and political conferences. Sienna Baskin, J.D., Sex Workers Project Law Fellow. She works with trafficked women and immigrants and victims of domestic violence to develop a collective voice on policy about trafficking. She has worked against the expansion of prisons in rural Massachusetts, volunteered for needle exchange programs in Philadelphia and coordinated volunteers to shield patients outside abortion clinics. She authored the article "Deviant Dreams: Extreme Associates and the Case for Porn" in the New York City Law Review (Winter 2006). Sapna Patel, J.D., is an advocate for women's empowerment and international human rights. Currently, Ms. Patel is a Staff Attorney with the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center (UJC), where she primarily works with trafficked persons. Ms. Patel assists persons coerced into various labor sectors to report their abuse to federal agents, facilitate legal immigration status through T-Visas and advise them on criminal advocacy concerns. About the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center: The SWP provides legal services and legal training for sex workers and engages in documentation, public education and policy advocacy on their behalf. Using a human rights approach with a goal of reducing harm, the center seeks to protect the rights and safety of sex workers who by choice, circumstance, or coercion remain in the industry. For more information, please visit our website at: http://www.sexworkersproject.org CONTACT: Juhu Thukral of the Urban Justice Center, +1-646-602-5690, email@example.com; or Laura Rogers, +1-202-326-8705, firstname.lastname@example.org, for the Sex Workers Project. /PRNewswire-USNewswire - March 12/ SOURCE Urban Justice Center
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