Melissa Ditmore

consultant on research and rights-based programming

I’m a freelance consultant specializing in issues of gender, development, health and human rights, particularly as they relate to marginalized populations such as sex workers, migrants and people who use drugs. My past and current clients include the Asia Development Bank, AIDS Fonds Netherlands, and the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center. I have extensive experience of working on projects both in the United States and in Asia and Africa.


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Sex Work Matters
Zed Books
Prostitution and Sex Work
Greenwood Press
Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work
Greenwood Press

Recent Articles

Population size estimation of female sex workers, men who have sex with men, and people who inject drugs, in Sierra Leone

National HIV/AIDS Secretariat of Sierra Leone

This population size estimation (PSE) was undertaken in order to inform HIV prevention programming for key populations in the fight against HIV in Sierra Leone. This PSE focused on female sex workers (FSWs), men who have sex with men (MSM) and people who inject drugs (PWID) because these groups are typically the first and hardest affected by HIV.

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