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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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Opponents of decriminalizing prostitution in NYS speak out

“We see levels of trauma, physical trauma and psychological trauma, that are off the charts,” said Leidholdt. She said decriminalizing “pimping and sex buying” would increase the industry and demand in New York, and that “tens of thousands” of women could be exploited.

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“Aunque no haya golpes, tener sexo sin desearlo con diez personas al día también es violencia machista”

"Even though there isn't always hitting, having sex without desiring it with 10 people a day is also male violence against women." CATW Youth Outreach Coordinator Melanie Thompson speaks with Público during our Global Conference.

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New York street art shines a light on human trafficking

Youth Outreach Coordinator Melanie Thompson speaks with CNN's The Freedom Project about her experiences and reminds: "Everybody believes that it only happens in places like India, or China, or Russia or Thailand. But people need to really open their eyes and understand that this happens right around them every day.”

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Handmaids and Jezebels: New York Must Not Legalize Harm

In a Women's E-News column, CATW Executive Director Taina Bien-Aimé analyzes the consequences of two New York State bills on women and girls.

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Why New York Should Not Decriminalize Sex Trade

CATW Executive Director Taina Bien-Aimé discusses legislative frameworks addressing prostitution, our support of the Equality Model and the real effect of FOSTA-SESTA in this Inter Press Service opinion piece.

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Legalize prostitution? Hell no

Survivor leader and CATW Youth Outreach Coordinator Melanie Thompson responds in the New York Daily News to proposal to fully decriminalize the sex trade in New York State.

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“No existiría la trata si no existiera la prostitución; hay una conexión inseparable”

"Trafficking wouldn't exist if prostitution didn't exist; there is an inextricable connection." During our Global Conference, CATW Executive Director Taina Bien Aimé speaks with El Diario.

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Por qué Melanie Thompson cayó en la prostitución tres veces

"Why Melanie Thompson landed in prostitution three times." CATW Youth Outreach Coordinator Melanie Thompson speaks with El País about her experience in "the life" and why she advocates for the Equality Model.

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“Nos matan por querer sacar a las chicas de la prostitución”

"They kill us for wanting to help girls exit prostitution." Survivor leader Beatriz Rodriguez speaks with El País during CATW's Global Conference in Madrid.

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