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Rosanna Arquette, Rose McGowan Among Activists Pledging Support for Russell Simmons Accusers

CATW is a signatory of letter in support of survivors of Russell Simmons' sexual abuse.

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NY lawsuit targets shuttered sex marketplace Backpage

"I really just want people to understand that nobody, unless they’ve lived this life, can honestly fathom the amount of pain and trauma that comes from Backpage,” Thompson, who attends college in New York City and works as a youth outreach coordinator for the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, said Friday. “I suffer every day because of the things that happened to me years ago.”

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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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Charged With Prostitution, She Went to a Special Court. Did It Help?

“The court is great for keeping you out of prison, and it’s better for understanding exploitation. But it still doesn’t take into account all the precursors, those factors that led you to prostitution in the first place." Survivor Leader and CATW Youth Outreach Coordinator Melanie Thompson.

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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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From Prince Andrew to Donald Trump: Jeffrey Epstein’s friends in spotlight after suicide

“Though Epstein passed, we need accountability,” Mariana Vanin, of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, said. “Now the focus is going to be on who was around him, who knew, who was acting with that knowledge of what was going on? The level of fame of those associates may either help propel the case on further or help sweep it under the rug. There are a lot of people worried right now.”

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Teterboro Airport, built on a Jersey swamp, was travel hub of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex traffic ring

“Teterboro is really an airport for the rich and famous,” said Taina Bien-Aimé, executive director of the New York-based Coalition Against Trafficking in Women. “The customers there are very privileged, and can pull strings that can lead to confidentiality.”

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Alex Acosta Enabled Jeffrey Epstein’s Sex Crimes. Now He’s Gutting Funding for Trafficking Victims

Democracy Now speaks with CATW executive director Taina Bien-Aimé

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The Case Against ‘Full Decriminalization’ of Sex Work

CATW Executive Director Taina Bien-Aimé and Rebecca Zipkin, an attorney with our partner Sanctuary for Families, make the case for the Equality Model and against the full decriminalization of prostitution on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Opposing NYS Bill That Would Fully Decriminalize the Sex Trade

CATW executive director issues statement opposing New York State bill that calls for decriminalization of pimping, brothel owning, sex tourism and for sex buyers to purchase marginalized people in New York.

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