Melissa Ditmore

consultant on research and rights-based programming

Archive for the ‘Articles’ Category

Creating Accountability and Protecting Human Rights in Anti-Trafficking Efforts

The Trafficking Research Project

Trafficking in persons is a serious human rights violation that affects workers all over the world. But the responses to human trafficking also involve very important human rights issues, calling for a response to trafficking in persons that is rooted in human rights and respects the dignity and self-determination of the person who is thought to be a victim.

U.S. HIV-AIDS Policy Sidelines Sex Workers


Widespread vagueness about the U.S. funding guidelines and an anti-prostitution pledge has hurt sex workers, the people who could most benefit from U.S. foreign aid and who are best placed to turn the tide of the epidemic.

Ontario Set to Decriminalize Sex Worker Activities

RH Reality Check

On September 28th, 2010, in an unprecedented judicial move, an Ontario court struck down three provisions that criminalize activities related to prostitution. Prostitution itself is not illegal in Canada but ancillary activities like advertising and management are criminalized. Ontario Supreme Court Judge Susan Himel cited evidence that these laws contribute to a climate in which sex workers are unsafe because they are forced to operate in secrecy.

Sex workers deserve rights too

Global Health Magazine

Since 2003, U.S. government funding to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic has been subject to an anti-prostitution clause forbidding the “promotion of prostitution” by grant recipients. There are few published articles about the effects of PEPFAR’s anti-prostitution policy requirement because discussing activities that are not clearly approved under the funding restrictions can jeopardize a program.