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Labor Trafficking Is Inseparable From Capitalism

2023-05-01T16:25:32-04:00May 1st, 2023|

The Progressive

When Melissa Hope Ditmore co-founded the Urban Justice Center Sex Worker Project in 2001, she initially focused on the intersection between human trafficking and the sex trades. It did not take her long to realize that trafficking extends to workers in manufacturing, farm work, door-to-door sales, prisons, and in-home domestic labor...

How a former Ohio police officer’s murder case ruptured trust among sex workers

2023-04-17T16:04:47-04:00April 12th, 2023|


"A 2006 study from the New York-based Urban Justice Center found about 30% of street-based sex workers were threatened with violence by police, and 16% of indoor sex workers reported sexual encounters with police."

Exploring the Contested and Controversial Nature of the Sex Industry in India

2023-04-03T22:30:51-04:00April 1st, 2023|


"The Sex Workers Project at the American ‘Urban Justice Center’ is an initiative that provides client-centred legal and social services to individuals who engage in sex-work, (regardless of whether they do so by choice, circumstance, or coercion), alongside taking an approach that is grounded in human rights."

Despite Reforms, Sex Workers in New York Still Live in Fear of Arrest

2023-03-20T18:41:06-04:00March 20th, 2023|


"Sex work decriminalization advocates such as Mariah Grant, director of Research and Advocacy at the New York-based Sex Workers Project, say that prosecutions that have continued to occur in Brooklyn and Queens exemplify the limitations of DA non-prosecution policies."

Handbook Helps Navigate Non-Prosecution Policies for Sex Work

2023-03-20T18:39:27-04:00March 14th, 2023|

Yale News

The Yale Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP) and the Sex Workers Project (SWP) of the Urban Justice Center have jointly released a handbook on district attorneys’ policies of non-prosecution of sex work-related charges. The handbook supports advocates for sex worker rights, prosecutors, policy makers, and other stakeholders to develop, influence, track, and assess the operation and impact of district attorney non-prosecution policies.

Woman who sells virtual sex in VRChat denied US visa for ‘prostitution’

2023-02-22T21:45:41-05:00February 17th, 2023|

PC Gamer

"Speaking to Motherboard, an expert on the subject from The Sex Workers Project [of the Urban Justice Center] said that travelers are increasingly being interrogated at borders under suspicion of "prostitution" due to their online presence. Hex said on her now-private Twitter account that she didn't bring up her Fansly page in her visa application; it was something the US discovered itself."