Update: Megan McLemore at Loyola, Condoms as Evidence, Human Trafficking, Vegas!

Hello All!!!Just a few things:

Megan McLemore of Human Rights Watch at Loyola
Human Rights Watch Survey
Are you going to Vegas??

Megan McLemore of Human Rights Watch at Loyola

May 22nd (next Wednesday) in the
Audubon Room of the Drama Center at Loyola:
Megan Mclemore of Human Rights Watch will be speaking at the New Orleans Human Trafficking Working Group meeting.

from the New Orleans Human Trafficking Working Group email announcement:

We will have special guests to talk to us about human rights and harm-reduction approaches to human trafficking.  Please do not miss this opportunity to learn from experts who are working in the New Orleans community.  Confirmed guests include Maxwell Ciardullo Megan McLemore of Human Rights Watch is Senior Researcher in the Health and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. Megan is an attorney whose career has focused on US civil rights issues and international human rights with an emphasis on prisoners, women, and persons living with HIV/AIDS. For the last several years Megan’s work has centered on the southern states’ response to the HIV epidemic. She is the author of seven Human Rights Watch reports, most recently “Sex Workers at Risk: Condoms as Evidence of Prostitution in Four US Cities.” Megan is a graduate of NYU Law School and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law where she received an advanced degree in international human rights.

Why this is important:  Megan has written a report examining (and challenging) LE’s practice using condoms as evidence against sex workers in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.  This practice ultimately discourages sex workers from carrying enough condoms to protect themselves for fear of appearing “guilty.”   A couple of us have been working with Megan in an effort to extend her work to New Orleans.So….Come check it out!

Human Rights Watch survey

And in related news…

At some point in the near-ish future, you may receive an invitation from Human Rights Watch (most likely via email) to participate in a survey about your experiences as a sex worker.  It is 100% ANONYMOUS.  You can answer the survey through an anonymous phone call, fill out a paper copy in person, or you can fill it out online (we’re still working on a way to get it on the internet without risking attracting prankster high school boys filling it out for shits-and-giggles).  Anyway, your participation in the survey would be greatly appreciated.  It’s for statistical purposes only, and again, it’s 100% anonymous.

Are you going to Vegas??

The Desiree Alliance conference is July 14th-19th in Las Vegas.  A few of us are going–let us know if you’d like to share accommodations with other NOLA SWOP members!

Well, I gotta go to work, so that’s it for now!