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20120417 Public Health Crisis

20120417 Public Health Crisis

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Public Health Crisis
TheImpactofUsingCondomsasEvidenceofProstitutioninNewYorkCity
 
 April 2012
 
About the Authors
ThisreportwasinvestigatedandwrittenbythePROSNetworkandLeighTomppertoftheSexWorkersProjectattheUrbanJusticeCenter.ThePROSNetwork(ProvidersandResourcesOfferingServicestoSexWorkers)isacoalitionofsexworkers,organizers,directserviceproviders,advocates,andmediamakersthatcollaborateonprogramsandcampaignsaroundsexwork‐relatedissuesintheNewYorkmetropolitanarea.ThePROSNetworkworkswithpeopleofallgenderswho,bychoice,circumstance,orcoercion,engageinsexualactivitiesformoney,food,shelter,clothing,drugs,orothersurvivalneeds.Groundedinprinciplesofsocialjusticeandhumanrights,thePROSNetworkembracesanon‐judgmental,harmreductionapproach.MembersofthePROSNetworkinclude:TheAliForneyCenter;theAnti‐ViolenceProject(AVP);AsianandPacificIslanderCoalitiononHIV/AIDS(APICHA);Callen‐LordeCommunityHealthCenter;CitiWideHarmReduction;theDrugPolicyAlliance(DPA);theFoundationforResearchonSexuallyTransmittedDiseases(FROST’D);theLatinoCommissiononAIDS(LCA);theLowerEastSideHarmReductionCenter;NewYorkCityAIDSHousingNetwork(NYCAHN);NewYorkHarmReductionEducators(NYHRE);RedUmbrellaProject;SafeHorizon’sStreetworkProject;SexWorkersActionNewYork(SWANK);SexWorkersOutreachProject(SWOP);SexWorkersProject(SWP)attheUrbanJusticeCenter;TheSpaceatTompkins;StreetwiseandSafe(SAS);andWashingtonHeightsCornerProject(WHCP).ThemethodologyandsurveyquestionnairesforthisreportweredevelopedincollaborationwiththeOpenSocietyFoundations(OSF).Especiallyinvolvedintheprocessesofdatacollection,writingandanalysisofthisreportweretheAliForneyCenter;FROST’D;theLatinoCommissiononAIDS;SafeHorizon’sStreetworkProject;theSexWorkersProjectattheUrbanJusticeCenter;andStreetwiseandSafe(SAS).LeighTomppertisaresearchconsultantwiththeSexWorkersProjectattheUrbanJusticeCenter.Ms.Tomppertspecializesinresearchintheareaofgender,humanrights,migration,anddevelopment,andholdsanMScinComparativeandCross‐CulturalResearchMethodsfromtheUniversityofSussexandanMAintheSocialSciencesfromtheUniversityofChicago.ShehasalsoworkedwithUNWomen,UN‐INSTRAW,theInter‐AmericanCommissionofWomen,theInternationalGayandLesbianHumanRightsCommission,andFreedomHouse.
 
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Acknowledgements
ThePROSNetworkwouldespeciallyliketothankallofthepeoplewhoagreedtobeinterviewedforthisreport:peopleinthesextrade,harmreductionmembersandserviceusers,andoutreachworkerswhoweresogenerouswiththeirtimeandinsights.Weareinspiredbypeopleinthesextrade,particularlytheircreativeresilienceinthefaceofviolenceandhumanrightsabuses,andtheirdedicationtoprotectingthemselves,theirclients,andthegeneralpublic.Thisreportwouldnothavebeenpossiblewithoutthem.WearegratefultotheOpenSocietyFoundationsandtheEltonJohnFoundationforprovidingfundingtotheSexWorkersProjectattheUrbanJusticeCenterforthisproject.WearealsogratefultoourindividualdonorswhosecontributionsmadeitpossibletoprovideMetrocardstothesurveyrespondents.WewouldalsoliketothanktheBrooklynDefenderServices,KateMogulescuoftheLegalAidSociety,HumanRightsWatch,DanielleMalangoneattheCenterforCourtInnovation’sMidtownCommunityCourt,andtheOpenSocietyFoundationsforprovidingadditionaldataandmaterialsincludedinthisreport.WearealsogratefultoPaulKobrakoftheNewYorkCityDepartmentofHealthandMentalHygiene(DOHMH)forhishelpindesigningandadministeringthe2010DOHMHstudyonthesameissue.Finally,thankyoutoMaryseMitchell‐BrodyforcontributingtoanearlyinformalsurveyandtoAmandaAllanforinitiallegalresearch.ReportdesignbytheSexWorkersProjectattheUrbanJusticeCenter.CoverillustrationbyBriHermanson.
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