“We have made strides in empowering affluent, educated women and girls,” writes Nicholas Kristof of the The New York Times. “But some of the most vulnerable girls in America, those in foster care, have benefited much less.” Read about survivor leader and CATW's Outreach & Advocacy Coordinator Melanie Thompson's journey and advocacy for survivors of trafficking and prostitution.
One, the Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act, would fully decriminalize prostitution, including pimps, traffickers and sex buyers. The other, the Sex Trade Survivors Justice & Equality Act, would focus on punishing sex buyers and pimps, while decriminalizing people in prostitution. Taina Bien-Aimé, CATW executive director, comments.
Our executive director was named one of Forbes' 50 Over 50 "dreamers and doers lifting the world one community at a time" alongside other incredible women (including some familiar faces).
CATW oral intervention during CSW64 mentioned in UN Press meeting coverage of final meeting of the commission.
PassBlue covers our At The Edge of the Margins virtual roundtable on New York State's move to legalize reproductive commercial surrogacy and speaks with Kylee Kwiatkowski, a survivor of egg donation.
"The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women reports that 72 percent of these victims are women and children."
In a segment on WBAI's Joys of Resistance, Taina Bien-Aimé, Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) and a founding member of Equality Now discusses what is wrong with commercial surrogacy--which has just been legalized in New York State.
“They basically want it to be a killing or it has to rise to a certain level, and I think it is fundamentally a failure to see how these hate crimes manifest,” said Taina Bien-Aimé, the executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women.
New York state lawmakers are considering legislation that would seek to protect survivors of sex trafficking while punishing the people who exploit them.
She speaks with Melanie Thompson, youth outreach coordinator for the Coalition Against Trafficking for Women: “There were a lot of survivors and people that I met when I was in the game. A lot of them haven’t made it.”