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CATW Applauds Manhattan D.A.’s Office New Policy Decriminalizing People in Prostitution

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr.’s groundbreaking decision, announced on April 21, implements a policy to “decline-to-prosecute” people in prostitution, including those in illicit “massage parlors,” but maintains accountability for sex buyers. It de facto implements the Equality Model in the borough.

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Our ED Responds: NYC Mayor Recommends Law That Would Decriminalize Sex Trade

CATW ED Taina Bien-Aimé issues a statement responding to policy proposals in the “Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Draft Plan,” approved by the New York City Council, that would greenlight sex buying, sex tourism, commercial sex establishments and third-party profiteers.

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The City of Atlanta Must Investigate Recent Shootings’ Potential Connections to Sex Trafficking

CATW  is deeply saddened by the recent events in Atlanta. The organization is calling on the City of Atlanta to investigate this case as a hate crime against women as well as its possible connections to sex trafficking.  

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Most Canadians Support Their Country’s Equality Model Laws

A 2020 Pan-Canadian poll conducted on behalf of LAWC, CLES and CATW reveals Canadians are more likely to support Canada's Equality Model laws on prostitution. With a government evaluation of the PCEPA on the horizon, it will help ensure that the views of Canadians are represented.

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Mainstreaming Pimpland in the NYC Subway System

In a Women's E-News op-ed, CATW Executive Director Taina Bien-Aimé reflects on the MTA's decision to advertise a "sex work pop-up" exhibit across NYC's transit system and the consequences of normalizing the sex trade, especially in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Our ED Responds: NYS Legalizes Reproductive Commercial Surrogacy

CATW ED Taina Bien-Aimé issues a statement responding to New York State’s legalization of reproductive commercial surrogacy, pointing out its connection to trafficking in women. 

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MTA slammed for promoting ‘Sex Workers Pop-Up’ ad

New York Post quotes CATW Executive Director Taina Bien-Aimé in coverage of outrage from the anti-trafficking movement prompted by ads for a "sex worker pop-up" exhibit on the MTA that contravened the transportation authority's own rules

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Beijing+25 Moves to the Next Stage: Vast Uncertainty

PassBlue article looks at the uncertain future of the Beijing+25/Generation Equality Forum processes in the face of the spread of the novel coronavirus. CATW's executive director offers commentary on new developments.

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The UN Unveils 6 Themes in a Big Year Pushing for Women’s Rights

CATW executive director Taina Bien-Aimé is quoted in PassBlue in piece looking at the six themes chosen to anchor the Beijing+25/Generation Equality Forum.

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UN Women Declares Its Neutrality in the Sex Trade Debate

PassBlue covers UN Women response to CATW-led letter to UN Women about the Beijing+25/Generation Equality Forum processes.

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UN Women Is Criticized for Appearing to Take Sides on Decriminalizing ‘Sex Work’

PassBlue covers CATW-led letter, signed by 1300 people worldwide, questioning decisions made by UN Women in the Beijing+25/Generation Equality Forum processes.

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Prostitution Is on the Verge of Being Legalized — These Women Want it to Stop

InStyle features seven New Yorkers for the Equality Model advocates, including Laura Ramirez, CATW Program Coordinator, and Melanie Thompson, CATW Youth Outreach Coordinator, as they discuss why they are advocating for the Equality Model and against the full decriminalization of the sex trade.

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