Last updated on: 2/1/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Kathleen Peratis, JD Biography

Title:
Former Chair of the Women's Rights Division at the Human Rights Watch
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“We have, broadly, two choices: We can embark on the fool’s errand of eradicating commercial sex, whether by punishing the suppliers and/or the users, making no distinction whatever regarding the circumstances or we can search out and punish coercion, while seeing to it that our response to those who choose ‘the life’ is humane and that we do not add to their calamities.”

Insight on the News, July 17, 2000

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Vice Chair, Middle East Division, Human Rights Watch, 2005-present
  • Partner, Outten & Golden LLP,
  • President, Friends of Kol HaNeshama
  • Vice Chair, North America New Israel Fund
  • Chair, Women’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch, 1993-2005
  • President, New York Civil Liberties Union, 1988-1993
  • Director, Women’s Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union, 1974-1978
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Board of Trustees, Human Rights Watch
  • Member, National Coalition Against Censorship
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi
Education:
  • JD, University of Southern California Law School, 1969
  • AB, magna cum laude, University of Southern California, 1966
Other:
  • None found