Vote NO to Decriminalizing Pimps, Brothel Owners, and Buyers of Sex.

Nearly a year after Amnesty International’s International Council released a proposal on prostitution, which it calls “sex work,” the organization’s International Board issued its global policy calling on governments to decriminalize pimping, brothel-owning and sex-buying. As of May 26, 2016, Amnesty has officially adopted a framework that will shape its advocacy to stand with exploiters, not the exploited.

CATW, along with survivors of the sex trade and other women’s rights and human rights activists, will continue to urge Amnesty to reevaluate its policy. We maintain that this decision to legitimize the sex trade is a gross violation of human rights principles and international conventions. As we continue to oppose this devastating move, this petition will remain active until we succeed in reversing Amnesty’s policy to decriminalize the sex trade. Please continue to sign and share widely!

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At its International Council Meeting to be held in Dublin, from 7–11 August 2015, Amnesty International will reportedly review an internal circular entitled “Draft Policy on Sex Work,” which endorses the full decriminalization of the sex industry, including the legalization of pimping, brothel owning and the buying of sex.        

Medical professionals, the testimonies of survivors and extensive research all demonstrate that the sex industry is predicated on dehumanization, degradation and gender violence that can cause life-long physical and psychological harm to those exploited at the hands of pimps, traffickers and buyers of sex (or “johns”). Prostitution is a harmful practice steeped in gender and economic inequalities that leaves a devastating impact on those sold and exploited in the sex trade. 

Please add your signature to this open letter, signed by more than 600 national and international women's rights groups, leading survivors of the sex trade, human rights advocates, medical doctors, Hollywood actors and directors, fashion designers, faith-based leaders and concerned individuals from over 30 countries, urging Amnesty International not to adopt any policy that supports the full decriminalization of the sex industry. This would, in effect, strengthen the pillars of a multi-billion dollar industry that preys on the most marginalized and vulnerable populations for commercial sexual exploitation. 

The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) firmly believes and agrees with Amnesty that human beings bought and sold in the sex trade, who are mostly women, must not be criminalized in any jurisdiction by law enforcement or governments. However, what Amnesty’s “Draft Policy on Sex Work” proposes is in violation of long established human rights principles, and women’s rights in particular, including the right to live a life free of violence and with dignity. 

Please join the signers of this petition and signal to Amnesty International that we must hold accountable those who prey on vulnerable individuals with histories of poverty, homelessness and sexual abuse and ensure that everyone has the fundamental right not to be bought and sold.

The signatories of the open letter to Amnesty International are:

Magdy Abdel-Hamid, Egyptian Association For Community Participation Enhancement, Egypt

Tahira Abdulla, Pakistan

Peter Abetz MLA, Parliament of Western Australia, Australia

Trudee Able-Peterson, USA

Abolicionistas Autoconvocadas por Facebook, Argentina

Morton Abromson, USA

Action Against Violence and Exploitation (ACTIVE), Philippines

Adopt Nordic WA, Australia

Esohe Aghatise, PhD, Anti-Trafficking Programmes Manager Worldwide, Equality Now

Ijose Aghatise, Programmes Director, Associazione Iroko Onlus, Italy

Mohammed Ali, Human Rights Activist and Board Member, Feminist Initiative Oslo, Norway

Leila El Ali, Executive Director, Association Najdeh (member of IFE-EFI), Lebanon

Coralie Alison, National Director of Operations, Collective Shout, Australia

Nancy Allen, Human Trafficking Freedom Coalition, USA

Benedict Alnaes, Human Rights Activist and Board Member, Feminist Initiative Oslo, Norway

Rev. Dr. Cheryl Anthony, Judah International, USA

APT (Act to Prevent Trafficking), Ireland

Martha Lucía Arcila A.

Mirela Arqimandriti, Executive Director, Gender Alliance for Development Center, Albania

Roxana Arroyo, President, Fundación Justicia y Género, Costa Rica

Arte Itinerante, Argentina

Billy B. Ashby, USA

Asociación Civil Casa del Encuentro, Argentina

Asociación Civil Generar - Santa Fé, Argentina

de Lucha por la Identidad Travesti y Transexual (ALITT), Argentina

Asociación. de Mujeres Argentinas por los DDHH (AMADH CABA) , Argentina

Asociación. de Mujeres Argentinas por los DDHH ( AMADH Santa Fe), Argentina

Asociación. de Mujeres Argentinas por los DDHH (AMADH –Tucuman), Argentina

Muriel Salmona, Doctor of Psychiatry, President, and Judith Trinquart, Doctor of Legal Medicine, General Secretary, Association Mémoire Traumatique et Victimologie, France

Gertrud Åström, President, Hela HUT AB, Sweden

Holly G. Atkinson, M.D., FACP, Director, Human Rights Program, Arnhold Global Health Institute at Mount Sinai, USA

Colleen Atwood, USA

Élaine Audet, Writer and Editor, Sisyphe.org, Canada

Seher Aydar, Leader, Anti-racism Center, Oslo, Norway

Jackie Aziz, Secretary to Director of Mission, St. Joseph’s Hospice, UK

Bagong Kamalayan Survivors’ Collective, The Philippines

Laure Banks, Greater Allen Cathedral, USA

Trisha Baptie, Founding Member and Community Engagement Coordinator, EVE (formerly Exploited Voices now Educating), Canada

Christine Baranski, USA

Barbara Bares, USA

Dra. Dora Barrancos, Director, CONICET- Argentina, Argentina

Angela Bassett, USA

Hélène Bédard, La Maison de Marthe, Canada

Cynthia Bellinger, Restoring Our Community Media Arts Network, USA

Sarah Benson, CEO, Ruhama, Ireland

Samantha Berg, Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF), USA

Stina Bergsten, Founder and Board Member, Feminist Initiative Party Oslo, Norway

Lohana Berkins, Asociación de Lucha por la Identidad Travesti y Transexual (ALITT), Argentina

Taina Bien-Aimé, Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – International, USA

Julie Bindel, Journalist and Feminist Campaigner, Board Member, SPACE International, UK

Collette N. Bishop, MSW, The Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS) and Seattle Therapy Alliance (STA), USA

Aud Karin Bjørn, Executive Committee Member and Board Member, The Women's Front of Norway, Norway

Selma Blair, USA

Emily Blunt, UK

Susan Bolotin, USA

Anne Bonfiglio, Executive Director, Partnership for Student Advancement, USA

Valerie Borja, UP Bukluran sa Sikolohiyang Philipino, Philippines

Helle Borgen, Feminist Spokesperson and Vice President, Red Party of Norway, Norway

Lise Bouvet, Collectif Resources Prostitution, France

Debra Boyer, PhD, Executive Director, Organization for Prostitution Survivors, USA

Consolata Boyle, Ireland

Sandra Boynton, USA

Jane Bradley, USA

Mar Brettmann, PhD, Executive Director, BEST  (Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking), USA

Sally Ann Brickner, OSF, Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Coordinator, Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, USA

Jimmie Briggs, Founding Executive Director, ManUp Campaign, and Current Executive Director, LOVE (Leave Out Violence), USA

Tina Brown, UK/USA

Dana Buchman, USA

Ted Bunch, Co-Founder, A CALL TO MEN, USA

Judith Buckman, South Jersey National Organization for Women (NOW) – Alice Paul Chapter, USA

Susie Tomkins Buell, USA

Jennifer and Peter Buffett, Co-Presidents, NoVo Foundation, USA

BUKLOD Survivors – Olongapo, The Philippines

Francesca Burack, Enterprising and Professional Women – NYC (EPW-NYC), USA

Autumn Burris, Founding Director, Survivors for Solutions, USA

Twiss Butler, USA

Rev. William Caban, Templo Candelero de Oro

Lydia Cacho, Author and Activist; Winner – Amnesty International Human Rights Award (2008), Amnesty International U.S.A Ginetta Sagan Award (2009) and Women of the World Thompson Reuters Award for Bravery in Journalism (2012), Mexico

Laure Caille, General Secretary, Libres MarianneS (LMS), France

Campaign to End Rape and Truth About Rape, UK

Pilar Gonzalez Cano, Member, RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking & Exploitation), Spain

Micheline Carrier, Editor, Sisyphe.org, Canada

Rev. Dr. Michael Carrion, Evangelical Covenant Church and National Latino Evangelical Coalition, USA

Vednita Carter, Founder and President, Breaking Free, Inc., USA

Phoebe Cates-Kline, USA

CEDAW Watch, The Philippines

Michelle Chapman, Youthful Solutions

Kristy Childs, Founder and Executive Directo, Veronica's Voice, Inc., USA

Luce Cloutier, Anthropologist and Consultant, Canada

Graciela Collantes, Asoc. de Mujeres Argentinas por los DDHH (AMADH CABA), Argentina 

Margaux Collet, Osez le féminisme!, France

Rebekah Contarino, Founder and Executive Director, Love True, USA

John Converset, Director, Office of JPIC, North American Province, Comboni Missionaries, USA

Carrie Coon, USA

Chris Cooper, USA

Marianne Cooper, USA

Cooperativa Nadia Echazú, Argentina

Nora Cortiñas, Madre de Plaza de Mayo, Línea Fundadora, Argentina

Lawrence Couch, Director, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, USA

Ziba Cranmer, Executive Director, Demand Abolition, USA

Sr. Colette Cronin, The Institute of Our Lady of Mercy, UK

Michael Cunningham, USA

Hugh Dancy, UK

Claire Danes, USA

Rev. Adrian Dannhauser, Chair, Task Force Against Human Trafficking for the Episcopal Diocese of New York, USA

Edwidge Danticat, Haiti/USA

Wendy Davis, Director, Rooms of our Own, UK

Sr. Joan Dawber, SC, Executive Director, LifeWay Network, USA

Michèle Dayras, SOS Sexisme, France

Sr. Lynda Dearlove rsm, women@thewell, UK

Elizabeth F. Defeis, Professor of Law, Seton Hall School of Law, USA

Dr. Stephen M. De Luca, Esq., Chairman, Legislative/Policy Committee, NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking, USA

Jonathan Demme, USA

Michelle Madden Dempsey, Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law, USA

Grace Hightower De Niro, USA

Monique Dental, Founding President, Réseau Féministe “Ruptures”, France

Claire Desaint, Vice President, Association Réussir l'égalité Femmes-Hommes (REFH), France

Fatoumata Siré Diakité, Executive Director, Association pour le Développement de la Femme and ACTPEW, Mali

Casandra Diamond, Survivor and Founder, BridgeNorth, USA

Danny Diaz, Love Gospel Assembly, USA

Rossana Dimarca, Member of Parliament and Feminist Spokesperson, Swedish Left Party, Sweden

Anjilee Dodge, MSW Candidate, USA

Winifred Doherty, Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, Worldwide

Domestic Violence Advocacy Service, Ireland

Robert Douglas, SCO, USA

Catherine J. Douglass, USA

Jennifer Drew, Consultant, Scottish Women Against Pornography, UK

Geneviève Duché, President, l’Amicale du Nid, France

Rose Dufour Ph.D., Anthropologist and Executive Director, La Maison de Marthe, Canada

Martin Dufresne, Zéromacho Québec, Canada

Jaha Dukureh, Founder and Executive Director, Safe Hands for Girls, USA/The Gambia

Dr. Lynette Dumble, Founder and Director of the Global Sisterhood Network, Medical and Environmental Scientist

Lena Dunham, USA

Raymonde Dussault, France

Linda Emond, USA

EMMA Magazine, Germany

Diane English, USA

Rev. Que English, NYC Faith-Based Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence, USA

Rev. Tim English, Bronx Christian Fellowship, USA

Mary Enright, DMJ, USA

Jean Enriquez, Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific (CATW-AP), The Philippines

Eve Ensler, Playwright and Founder, V-Day, USA

Equal Pay Campaign, USA

European Women’s Lobby – French Chapter, France

Matthew B. Ezzell, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, James Madison University, USA

Alda Facio, Expert Member on L.A.C., Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination Against Women, Human Rights Council, Costa Rica

Madge Fahy, Social Questions Committee,, Catholic Women's League of Victoria and Wagga Wagga, Australia

Natasha Falle, Sex Trade 101, Canada

Melissa Farley, Ph.D., Executive Director, Prostitution Research & Education, USA

Fédération Nationale Solidarité Femmes, France

Feminism in London, UK

Rev. Grant Finlay, Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) Tasmania, Australia

Anna Fisher, UK

Catherine A. Fitzpatrick, Writer and Translator, USA

Mark Flynn, Christ United Methodist Church, USA

Marie-Hélène Franjou, Public Health Doctor, France

Margot Franssen, OC, Co-Chair, National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Canadian Women and Girls, Canada

Pierre Fritsch, France

Paulo Fuller, The Philippines

Elizabeth Gabler, President, Fox 2000, USA

Sr. M. Cordis Ganslmeier, Sisters of Our Lady of CharityProvinzleiterin, Germany/Albania

Lauren Gallo-White, USA

Kate Ganz, USA

Pat Gartlan, Nordic Model Australia Coalition (NorMAC) and Amnesty International Australia, Australia

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., USA

Mariam Garuba, M.D., USA

Sarah Gavron, UK

Glendyne Gerrard, Director, Defend Dignity, Canada

Julia Geynisman, M.D., Founder, Survivor Clinic, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Med Center, USA

Myani Gilbert, Master of Social Work Student, University of Washington, USA

Cheryl Glover, Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church, USA

Molly Gochman, Stardust Fund, USA

Karenna Gore, Director, Center for Earth Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, USA

Margeaux Gray, Survivor Advocate, Motivational Speaker, Artist, National Survivor Network, USA

Sr. Margaret Gonzi, Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, Malta

Aneta Grabowska and Mary Grey, RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking & Exploitation), Poland

Catríona Graham, Anti-Trafficking Awareness Officer, Immigrant Council of Ireland, Ireland

Diane Guilbault, Vice President, Pour les droits des femmes du Québec (PDF Québec), Canada

Ruchira Gupta, Founder and President, Apne Aap Women Worldwide, and Professor, New York University, India

Lynda Haddock, UK

Susan McCormick Hadley, SEWA, USA

Rev. Kate Haggar, Minister of Religion, Australia

Marie Hélène Halligon, OLCGS, Main Representative for Congregation of Our Lady Charity of the Good Shepherd, Good Shepherd International Justice and Peace Office (Vienna) and Core Member, RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation), France

Lilian Halls-French, Co-President, Euromed Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI, France

Jalna Hanmer, UK

Ingrid Halvorsen, Human Rights Activist and Board Member, The Women's Front of Norway, Norway

Marcia Gay Harden, USA

Rev. Maria Harrero, His Grace Fellowship, USA

Yasmeen Hassan, Global Director, Equality Now, Worldwide

Anne Hathaway, USA

Dr. Anita Heiliger, Sociologist, Gender Studies/Violence Prevention, KOFRA (Communication Center for Women in Work and Life) and Initiative Stop Sexkauf, Germany

Ed Heisler, Men As Peacemakers, USA

Rev. Dr. Peter Heltzel, Micah Institute, USA

Rosen Hicher, Survivor and Abolitionist Activist, Marche Pour L’Abolition, France

Adriane Hill, New York Theological Seminary, USA

Kaethe Morris Hoffer, Executive Director, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, USA

Lisa Hofflich, President, Westchester NOW, USA

Matthew Holloway - BSocSc (Couns), Secretary, Nordic Model Australia Coalition (NorMAC)

Maria Holly, SHJM, Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mark, UK

Wiveca Holst, Roks, Sweden

Ingrid Hörnebo, Advisor, Norwegian Parliament, and Representative, The Norwegian Socialist Left Party, Norway

Winnie Holtzman, USA

Vivian Huelgo, Chief Counsel, ABA Task Force on Human Trafficking, USA

Klein Huhuette, France

Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Founder and Chair, Hunt Alternatives, USA

Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, USA

R. Evon Idahosa, Esq., Founder/Executive Director, PathFinders Justice Initiative, Inc., USA/Nigeria

Gerald Imperial, The Philippines

Ashley Byrd, Carolyn Carney, Calvin Chan, Cristina Chapelle, Emily Craig, Tim Craig, Daniela Lancara, Ashish Mathew, R. York Moore, and Douglas Paillere, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, USA

Irish Countrywomen’s Association, Ireland

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, Ireland

Katie Irwin, NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking, USA

Neil Irwin, Executive Director, Men Can Stop Rape, USA

Ghada Jabbour, Co-Founding Member and Head of the Exploitation & Trafficking in Women Unit, KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation, Lebanon

Margarita Jankauskaitė, Center for Equality Advancement, Lithuania

Aurora Javate-de Dios, Board Chair, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – International, The Philippines

Rodrigo Jiménez, Co-Director, Women, Gender and Justice Program, United Nations Latin American Institute for Crime Prevention, Costa Rica

Lone Alice Johansen, Senior Advisor, Secretariat of the Shelter Movement Norway, Norway

Sarah Jones, USA

Guðrún Jónsdóttir, Spokeswoman, Stígamóta, Iceland

Boriana Jönsson, Euromed Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI, France

Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson, Concord Baptist Church, USA

Daisy Z. Alvarez Juarez, Venezuela

Lyne Jubinville, Computer Science Professional and Treasurer, Pour les droits des femmes du Québec (PDF Québec), Canada

Ashley Judd, USA

Borbala Juhász, Hungarian Women’s Lobby, Hungary

Jennifer Kay, Sex Trafficking Survivors United, USA

Miyuki Kawachi, University of the Philippines, The Philippines

Anne Kelleher, Communications, RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation), Ireland

Constance Kennedy, CSJ, Co-Chair of Coalition, Religious Congregations - to Stop Human Trafficking (CRC-STOP), Social Justice Committee, Congregation of St. Joseph, USA

Alika Kinan, Trafficking Survivor and President, Instituto de Género Sapa Kippa, Argentina

Dr. Renate Klein, FINRRAGE (Australia) and Amnesty International Australia QLD Branch Member, Australia

Inge Kleine, Abolish Prostitution Now and Abolition 2014, Germany

Greta Kline, USA 

Kevin Kline, USA

Owen Kline, USA

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger, Executive Director, Sanctuary for Families, USA

Suzanne Koepplinger, USA

Rita Kohli, Tools for Change, Canada

Jenni Konner, USA

Tali Koral, Machon Toda'a, Israel

Dr. Ingeborg Kraus, Scientists for a World Without Prostitution, Germany

Cathrine Linn Kristiansen, First Name, Feminist Initiative Oslo, and Board Member, The Women's Front of Norway, Norway

Lisa Kudrow, USA

Iluta Lace, Director, Marta Resource Centre for Women, Latvia

Brigitte Lacombe, France

Yeun Lagadeuc-Ygouf, France

Lee Lakeman, Canada

Barbara Arminio La Mort, Benedictine Academy, USA

Gara LaMarche, USA

Felicity Langton, Chair, Collective Shout, Australia

Kylla Lanier, Deputy Director, Truckers Against Trafficking, USA

Imam Khalid Latif, The Islamic Center at New York University, USA

Sr. Hannah Rita Laue OP, Dominican Sisters of Bethany, Sv. Jazepa klosteris, Latvia

Rabbi Levi D. Lauer, Founding Executive Director, ATZUM

Lawig Bubai Survivors Organization, Philippines

Aye Sithu Htun (a) Mary Eunan Lawrence, Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd

Annette Lawson OBE, Chair, The Judith Trust, Immediate Past Chair, National Alliance of Women’s Organisations (NAWO), UK

The Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering  (RDFL), Lebanon

Simone LeConte-Parker, Berean Community and Family Life Center, USA

Catherine Lee, Founder, Justice for Women program at University Maine School of Law, and Managing Director, Lee International, Climate Change Advisory Services, USA

Jimmy Lee, Executive Director, Restore NYC, USA

Dorchen A. Leidholdt, Co-Chair, New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition, USA

Leila Lesbet, Women’s Rights Activist, Special Education Technician, Canada

Hannah Hartman and Dylan Walker, Let My People Go, USA

Dr. Helen Liebling, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology/Associate of African Studies Centre, Coventry University, UK

Martha Linehan, IMT, CDP, Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS), USA

Laura Linney, USA

Phyllida Lloyd, UK

Rachel Lloyd, Founder/CEO, GEMS, USA

Marta López, Designada Regional para América Latina y el Caribe-OIJPBP, Congregación Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Buen Pastor

Fernanda Gil Lozano, Diputada Nacional (MC), Argentina

Shelia Lynch, Daughters of Mary and Joseph, California, USA

Angela Lytle, Executive Director, Women’s Human Rights Institute, Center for Women Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada

Isla MacGregor, Whistleblowers Tasmania, Nordic Model Australia Coalition (NorMac), Australia

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, Founder and Board Member, Embrace Dignity, South Africa

Diana Maffía, Legisladora (MC), Argentina

Aïssata Maïga, Project Coordinator, Institute for Security & Development Policy, Sweden

Manchester Feminist Network, UK

María Alejandra Mángano, Coordinator, Procuradudría de Trata y Explotación de Personas del Ministerio Público Fiscal, Argentina

Valerie Marchese, USA

Elizabeth Margoshes, USA

JoAnn Mark, ASC, Executive Director, Partnership for Global Justice, USA

Stella Marr, Sex Trafficking Survivors United, USA

Margaret Martin, Director, Women's Aid, Ireland

Micheline Mason, UK

Maureen Master, Lawyer and Graduate Student researching Prostitution, MSt Programme in International Human Rights Law, University of Oxford, UK

Josua Mata, Secretary-General, SENTRO (Workers’ Center), The Philippines

Ane Mathieson, MSW Candidate, 2012-2013 Fulbright Fellow, USA

Nicole Matthews, Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition, USA

Jacques Mattinette, La Maison de Marthe, Canada

Stacey McCaig

Sr. Ethna McDermott, Province Leader for Ireland, Congregation of our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, Ireland

Maureen McGowan, rgs, HandCrafting Justice, Inc., USA

Síle McGowan HFB, Religious Institute of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux, Member, APT Ireland (Act to Prevent Trafficking Ireland), Ireland

Karen McHugh, CEO, Doras Luimni, Ireland

Marianne McKenna, Canada

Louise McLeod, Women Graduates-USA, USA

Sarah McMahon, Psychologist and Founder, BodyMatters Australasia, Australia

Sandra McNeill, Justice for Women, UK

Jane McVeigh, USA

Cecilia Merchán, Diputada Nacional (MC), Argentina

Clarissa Militante, Philippines

Kelly Miller, Executive Dirctor, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, USA

Jessica Minhas, Founder and CEO, I'll Go First, USA

Asunción Miura, Spain

Rev. Gil Monrose, Mt. Zion Church of God 7th Day, USA

Florence Montreynaud, Encore féministes!, France

Rachel Moran, Author and Co-Founder, SPACE International, Ireland

Michele Morek, OSU, Coalition Coordinator, UNANIMA International, USA

Robin Morgan, The Sisterhood is Global Institute, USA

Laura Morie, Certified Senior Advisor, Rotary District 5370 Canada, Governor Elect, Canada

Johanne Morneau, La Maison de Marthe, Canada

Stacey Morse, USA

Joe Motley, USA

Marianne Mouchikhine, Member, Collctif Libertaire Anti Sexiste (CLAS), France

Carey Mulligan, UK

Belinda Munoz, USA

Meghan Murphy, Feminist Current, Canada

Gail Mutrux, USA

María Elena Naddeo, Legisladora (MC), Argentina

Jonathan Nambu, The Philippines

Andrea Salwen Kopel, Executive Director; Maria Mostajo, President; Pamela Kling Takiff, Advocacy Leadership Chair, National Council of Jewish Women New York Section (NCJW NY), USA

National Council of Jewish Women, USA

Chris Troy and Danelia, NY CityServe, USA

Sr. Taskila Nicholas, Opportunity Village Nepal, Nepal

Ana Maria R. Nemenzo, International Committee Member, World March of Women, Philippines, The Philippines

Lene Nilsen, Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombudsman and Board Member, Feminist Initiative Oslo, Norway

Joan Nissman, USA

Clare Nolan, Good Shepherd International Justice Peace Training Facilitator, Sisters of the Good Shepherd, USA

Beverly Cooper Neufeld, PowHer NY, USA

Leonor Nuñez, Member, Asamblea Permanente por los Derechos Humanos (APDH), Argentina

Torill Nustad, Executive Committee and Board Member, The Women's Front of Norway, Norway

Klarissa Oh, Executive Director, OAASIS (Oregon Abuse Advocates and Survivors in Service)

Jodeen Olguín-Tayler, Vice President of Policy and Partnerships, Demos, USA

Marcia Olivo, Director of Programs, Miami Workers Center

Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, CEO, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Ireland

Terry O'Neill, National Organization for Women, USA

The Organization for Prostitution Survivors, USA

Susan Orlean, USA

Sonia Ossorio, President, NOW-NYC/NOW-NYS, USA

Lise Østby, Senior Advisor, The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs, Norway

Hannah Pakula, USA

Clydie Pasia, The Philippines

Mandy Patinkin, USA

Pavee Point, Ireland

Margarita Peralta, Moreno, Prov. de Bs. As., Asoc. de Mujeres Argentinas por los DDHH, Argentina

Michelle Pernini, USA

Dr. Alexandra (Sandi) Pierce, Survivor and President, Othayonih Research, USA

Judith Pillsbury, France

Kat Pinder, Survivor Activist and Amnesty International Australia, QLD Branch Committee Member, Australia

Maudy Piot, President, Association Femmes pour le Dire, Femmes pour Agir, France

Kent R. Pipes, President, The Affordable Homes Group, Inc., USA

Imelda Poole, President, Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, and President, RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation), Albania

Dianne Post, Attorney, USA

Carol Pregno RGS, Province Leader, Central South US Province, Sisters of the Good Shepherd, USA

Caroline Price, rgs, Social Justice Coordinator, Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, Australia/New Zealand

Pierre-Guillaume Prigent, France

Anna Quindlen, USA

The Rev. Alison J. Quin, Christ the King Episcopal Church, USA

The RadFem Collective, UK

Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre, Sligo, Leitrim & West Cavan, Ireland

Jody Raphael, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center, DePaul University College of Law, USA

Janice G. Raymond, Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

Anne Ream, Voices and Faces, USA

Theresa Rebeck, USA

Diane Redsky, Executive Director, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Inc., and Former Project Director, National Task Force of Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada, Canada

Red Youth, Norway

Rev. Llloyd Reid Jr, Greater Mt. Bethel Pentecostal Tabernacle, USA

RENEW Foundation, The Philippines

Jorunn Friis Reset, Secretary, The Women's Front of Norway, Norway

Resist Porn Culture, UK

Chiara Carpita and Ilaria Baldini, Resistenza Femminista, Italy

Lina Alvarez Reyes, Founder, Feminist Initiative Youth Norway Board Member, Feminist Initiative Oslo

Shea M. Rhodes, Director, Villanova University School of Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation, USA

Lesley Rimmel, Core Faculty Member, Gender and Women's Studies Program, Oklahoma State University, USA

Rev. Dr. Raymond Rivera, Latino Pastoral Action Center, USA

Amy Robinson, USA

Marcela Virginia Rodríguez, Diputada Nacional (MC), Argentina

Artika Roller, Women and Children’s Program Director, Women's Advocates, USA

Kathleen Romine, Member and Board of Directors, Women's Empowerment International, Co-Liaison for Via and the ESTIMA Project, USA

Caitlin Roper, Campaigns Manager, Collective Shout, Australia

Janica Rosales, The Philippines

Lynn Rosenthal, Former White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, USA

Anne Rothing, Women's Rights Activist and Board Member, The Women's Front of Norway, Norway

Cristina Ruiz, Survivor, Asoc. Nacional Abolicionista Quilmes, Prov. de Bs. As., Argentina

Deborah Rush, USA

Karin D. Ryan, Senior Policy Advisor for Human Rights, The Carter Center, USA

Malika Saada Saar, Executive Director, Human Rights Project for Girls (Rights4Girls), USA

Rev. Raleigh Sadler, Missionary Baptist, Worldwide

Mary Salter, USA

Samaritana Transformation Ministries, The Philippines

Dr. Corrine Sanchez, Executive Director, Tewa Women United, USA 

Sonia Sánchez, Author and Survivor Activist, Columbia 

Rev. Addie Sanders-Banks, The Groundswell Group, USA

Sanlaap, India

Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald, Persons Against Non-State Torture, Canada

Lynn Savarese, USA

Viktoria Saxby, Political Advisor, The Center Women of Sweden, Sweden

Marjorie F. Saylor, Survivor, Survivor Leader Network of San Diego (SLNSD) and Runaway Girl, Inc., S.M.E., USA

Jean Schafer, Co-Director, SDS Hope House, Inc., USA

Deborah Schatz, National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section, USA

Kay Asbjørn Knutsen Schjørlien, Writer, Feminist and Representative, Norwegian Socialist Left Party in Oslo, Norway

Madeleine Schultz, Author, Journalist and Human Rights Activist, Norway

Alice Schwarzer, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, EMMA Magazine, Germany

The Hon. Dr Jocelynne A. Scutt, Barrister and Human Rights Lawyer, Visiting Professor and Senior Fellow, United Kingdom, United States & Australia, Australia

Kyra Sedgwick, USA

Susan M. Seeby, CSA, General Councilor, Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, USA

Barbara Seidle, Founder, The Hannah More Project, USA

SENTRO-Women, Philippines

Bonnie Shapiro, Northern New Jersey Chapter of National Organization for Women (NOW), USA

Dawn Shaw, Secretary, Social Questions Committee, Catholic Women's League of Victoria and Wagga Wagga, Australia

Rameen N. Sheikh, President, Red Youth Oslo, Norway

Pamela Shifman, Executive Director, NoVo Foundation, USA

Louise Shohet, USA

Line Schou, Founder and Board Member, Feminist Initiative Party Oslo, Norway

Shanta Shrestha, Beyond Beijing Committee, Nepal

Dr. Carla Sinz, USA

Michèle Sirois, Présidente, Pour les droits des femmes du Québec (PDF Québec), Canada

Sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux, Ireland

Daisy Elizabeth Sjursø, Executive Committee Member and Board Member, The Women's Front of Norway, Norway

Tina Skotnes, Executive Committee Member and Board Member, The Women's Front of Norway, Norway

Susan L. Smalley, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, UCLA and Board Member, Equality Now, USA

Cherry Smiley, Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry (IWASI), Canada

Liz Smith, Australia

Eris Smyth, Australia

Pastor Michelle Soto, Fierce Woman Found Ministries, Inc, USA

Hannah Sorkin, USA

Space Allies, Japan

Srabani Sarkar Neogi, South Kolkata Hamari Muskan, India

Johanne St-Amour, Canada

Kestia St Juste, Kay’s Music Studios LLC, USA

Gloria Steinem, USA

Rev. Penny Stephens, Chaplain, St. Joseph’s Hospice, UK

Major Katie Stoops, Salvation Army, USA

Mgr. ThLic. Blanka Stráníková and Klára Marie Stráníková, Czech Republic

Meryl Streep, USA

Katarina Storalm, Women’s Rights Activist and Leader, Ottar, Norway

Agnete Strøm, Human Rights Activist and Board Member, The Women’s Front of Norway, Norway

Rose Styron, USA

Susanna Styron, USA

Maria Svensson, Acting Chairwoman, Feminist Initiative, Sweden

Gwénola Sueur, General Secretary, SOS les Mamans, France

Annie Sugier, Présidente, Ligue du Droit International des Femmes (LDIF), France

Fumi Suzuki, Japan

Theresa Symons, Good Shepherd Services, Malaysia

Lucy S. Takagi, PsyD, USA

Talikala, Philippines

Lisa-Marie Taylor, Feminism in London and Resist Porn Culture

Julie Taymor, USA

Pil Teisbo, Executive Committee Member and Board Member, The Women's Front of Norway, Norway

Donna Izzard and Jacqui Powell, The 3W Life, USA

Charlize Theron, South Africa/USA

Cheryl A. Thomas, Executive Director, Global Rights for Women, USA

Emma Thompson, UK

Anita Toner, President, Catholic Women’s League of Victoria and Wagga Wagga, Australia

Patti Tototzintle, CEO, Casa de Esperanza, USA

Karen Tronsgard-Scott, Executive Director Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, USA

Silvana Turner, Member, Equipo Argentino Antropología Forense (EAAF), Argentina

Meagan Tyler, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)-Australia, Australia

Rev. Naomi Tyler-Lloyd, Trinity Baptist Church

Helen Uwangue, Iroko Charity Organisation, Nigeria

Yasmin Vafa, Co-founder and Director of Law & Policy, Human Rights Project for Girls (Rights4Girls), USA

Maria Narcisa Vicanco Valarezo, Spain

Mélusine Vertelune, Member, Collectif Libertaire Anti-Sexiste, France

Angelita Vesentini, Argentina

Glòria Casas Vila, Plataforma Catalana pel Dret a No ser Prostituïdes, Spain

Jonathan Walton, New York City Urban Project Director,InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and Director and Founder, the LoGOFF Movement, USA

K. Shakira Washington, USA

Alice Waters, USA

Simone Watson, Prostitution Survivor and Director, Nordic Model Australia Coalition (NorMac), Australia

David Wayne, Survivor Advocate, Hope Hollow Exploitation Victim Assistance and Consultation Services, and Member of National Survivor Network/ Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, USA

Sr. Barbara Wells, RGS, Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Toronto, ON, Canada

Ali Wentworth, USA

Karin Werkman, Institute for Feminism and Human Rights, Sweden

Rebecca Whisnant, University of Dayton, USA

Stephanie Wilkinson, UK

Allison Williams, USA

Bronwyn Williams, Member, Nordic Model Australia Coalition (NorMAC), Australia

Rev. Jesse Williams, Convent Avenue Baptist Church, USA 

Rev. Roslyn Willis, Accepted Ministry, USA

Debra Winger, USA

Kate Winslet, UK

Anna Wintour, UK/USA

Women and Gender Institute, Miriam College, The Philippines

WomanHealth, Philippines

Shannon Wong, Orange County Legislator, USA

Andrée Yanacopoulo, Board Member, Pour les droits des femmes du Québec (PDF Québec), Canada

Theresa Yeh, Tapei Women's Rescue Foundation, Taiwan

Jungsook "Grace" Yoon, Executive Director, Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC), USA

Youth and Students Advancing Gender Equality, India

Youth and Students Advancing Gender Equality, The Philippines

Teresa Ulloa Ziaurriz, Regional Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Latin America and the Caribbean, Mexico

Monique Thiteux Altschul, Argentina

Susana Chiarotti Boero, Argentina

Raquel Disenfeld, Argentina

Silvia Chejter, Argentina 

Fabiana Tuñez, Argentina

Ada Beatriz Rico, Argentina

Susana Pastor, Argentina

Silvina Sierra, Argentina

Nidia Kreig, Argentina

Analia Sterli, Argentina

Nora Pulido, Argentina

Marta Vasallo, Argentina

Cristina Zurutuza, Argentina

Adriana García, Argentina

Alicia Peresutti, Argentina

Liliana Azaraf, Argentina

Iris Graciela Vargas, Argentina

Marcela D´Angelo, Argentina  

Viviana D´Angelo, Argentina 

Norma Chiapparrone , Argentina

Elsa Cola Arena, Argentina

Marta Fontenla, Argentina 

Margarita  Bellotti, Argentina

Perla Prigoshin , Argentina

Claudia Kris,  San Clemente, Prov. de Bs. As. , Argentina

Chantal Stevens, Argentina

Carmen Capdevila, Argentina

Rocío Fernández Collazo, Argentina

Sofía Margarita Rodríguez - Mendoza, Argentina

Amabe Amalia Molinari, Argentina

Eugenia Lara, Argentina

Florencia Pastorella, Argentina

Milena Pafundi, Argentina

Valeria Junquera, Argentina

Carlos Sterin, Argentina

Sonia Knoll, Argentina

Andrea Benítez, Argentina

Lea Ágreda, Argentina

Goyo Anchou, Argentina

Alejandra Salgado, Argentina

Marina Cefali, Argentina

Florencia De Angelis, Argentina

Pilar Moreno, Argentina

Mayra Lucio, Argentina

Mirta Fiorucci, Argentina

Mónica Molina, Argentina

Martha Rosenberg, Argentina

Paula Sánchez, Argentina

Cora Santandrea, Argentina

Alejandra Barbich, Argentina

Milena Borgognone, Argentina

Camila López, Argentina

Julia Levi, Argentina

María Amelia Silva- Pastora Iglesia Metodista, Argentina

Pablo Sosa- Pastor Iglesia Metodista, Argentina

Mariana Palumbo, Argentina

Asamblea de Mujeres V. 20 - Lugano, Argentina

Asociación de Mujeres de Carreras Jurídicas, Argentina

Asociación Nacional Abolicionista - Quilmes, Argentina

Asociación Civil Nuestras Manos, Argentina

Campaña Autogestiva contra el Abuso Sexual, Argentina

Campaña Abolicionista Ciudad de Bs. As.: ATEM “25 de noviembre” , Argentina

Campaña Abolicionista Neuquén, Argentina

Campaña Abolicionista Provincia de Bs As, Argentina

Campaña Abolicionista Santa Fé, Argentina

Campaña Abolicionista Santa Rosa La Pampa, Argentina

Campaña Abolicionista Tucumán, Argentina

Campaña Abolicionista “Ni una mujer más víctima de las redes de prostitución,” Argentina

CLADEM Argentina

Colectiva Feminista Las Azucenas - La Plata, Argentina

Cooperativa Nadia Echazú, Argentina

Corriente Política y Social La Colectiva, Argentina

Desobediencia y Felicidad, Argentina

Espacio Alternativo , Argentina

Feministas en Acción , Argentina

Feministas Independientes, Argentina

Feministas Independientes de la Ciudad de Bs As , Argentina

Fundación Agenda de las Mujeres , Argentina

Fundación Mujeres en Igualdad, Argentina

Grupo Maleza, Argentina

INSGENAR – Rosario, Pcia de Santa Fé, Argentina, Argentina

Instituto de Género Sapa Kippa - Ushuaia, Argentina

Las Liliith Feministas de Tucumán, Argentina

Liberatorias, Argentina

Librería de Mujeres , Argentina

MTD Lucha y Libertad, Argentina

Mujeres del Periódico El Espejo , Argentina

Mujeres Libres, Argentina

Mujeres por la solidaridad  - Santa Rosa La Pampa, Argentina

Mujeres de las Orillas - San Clemente Pcia. Bs.As., Argentina

Seminario de DDHH con perspectiva de género Facultad de Filosofía y Letras UBA, Argentina 

Siluetazo contra los femicidios y las desapariciones de mujeres, Argentina

Taller permanente de la Mujer, Argentina

Pepita Guerra, Argentina

 

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