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.
“They say, verbatim, ‘I’m going to get what I paid for. So what this is is another vein of the sex trade that manifests in men with power and money exploiting young vulnerable women.” CATW Program Coordinator Laura Ramirez speaking to American University's AWOL .
CATW is a signatory of letter in support of survivors of Russell Simmons' sexual abuse.
"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.”
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.
“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.
PassBlue covers UN Women response to CATW-led letter to UN Women about the Beijing+25/Generation Equality Forum processes.
PassBlue covers CATW-led letter, signed by 1300 people worldwide, questioning decisions made by UN Women in the Beijing+25/Generation Equality Forum processes.
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.
“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.”
“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.”