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NYATN member Sex Workers Project joins letter to United Nations demanding the US stop criminalizing human trafficking survivors

The Human Rights Committee of the United Nations monitors state compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), one of the three human rights treaties that the US has ratified. In this fourth review of US compliance, civil society is submitting letters raising human rights concerns that are not adequately addressed in the U.S.’s self-reporting.

In a letter by the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at the City University of New York School of Law, the Sex Workers Project, and the Legal Aid Society, and we note that in the United States, victims of human trafficking are often “arrested, detained, and prosecuted, and then burdened with the stigma and collateral harms of having a criminal record—all for having engaged in criminal acts that they are forced into by their traffickers… The failure to take adequate steps to prevent criminalization of trafficked persons violates the U.S.’s obligations under the ICCPR.”

The Sex Workers Project will work with these partners to engage with the Human Rights Committee process over the next year, holding the US accountable and spreading the message about effective criminal justice remedies for survivors of trafficking.

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