Nearly 2,000 sex trade survivors, women’s and human rights advocates, anti-trafficking organizations, frontline service providers, and concerned individuals from over 60 countries signed an open letter urging the South African government to reject a Bill that repeals all criminal offences related to prostitution, effectively decriminalizing the sex trade (the “Jeffery Bill”).
The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) highlights sex buyers’ own published accounts to demonstrate the sexism, racism, sexual violence, among other offenses, that patronizing prostitution entails.
Belgium amends its Penal Code to further decriminalize pimping and brothel owning, following the model of Germany's disastrous 2002-2017 prostitution law.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul enacts on November 16, the START Act that will allow survivors of human trafficking to seek relief for convictions of offenses they committed while being trafficked. This critical legislation will offer survivors a fresh start to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Activists, survivor leaders, gathering in Madrid for CATW/CIMTM sponsored conference centering women and girls in ending sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, which will inform initiative of the 5.2 Global Partnership.
In celebration of it's 30th anniversary, CATW honors Football Hall of Famer Curtis Martin, Jr., Aaron Marcu and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, and Rachel Foster and Alain Kodsi at gala event.