Last updated on: 2/12/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Katie Pedigo, JD Biography

Title:
Executive Director of New Friends New Life
Position:
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Prostitution is often described as a ‘victimless crime’, or a ‘consensual crime’, because in theory, no one present at the crime is unwilling. In reality, this is a myth. In reality, prostitution of women is a particularly lethal form of violence against women, and a violation of a woman’s most basic human rights.

It is rarely the media-approved version of prostitution, a sexy and highly-paid adventure where business is conducted at upscale bars and in hotel rooms; though some sex workers do have that experience, most do not. For the vast majority of prostituted women, prostitution is the experience of being hunted, dominated, harassed, assaulted and battered.”

“Prostitution: A ‘Victimless Crime?,'” AlJazeera.com, Mar. 19, 2013

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Executive Director, New Friends New Life, July 2010-present
  • Founding Executive Director, Encompass Cares Foundation, Dec. 2007-present
  • Former General Council, Carelink at Home
  • Former home care industry worker, Lifeline Home Health
  • Served several nonprofit organizations including Christ Clinic in Dallas, Park Cities YMCA, Christian Works for Children, Letot Capital Campaign Advisory Board, Backpacks for Kids, Children’s International Summer Village, and Voice of Hope
  • Fellow, Public Voices Thought Leadership Institute
Education:
  • JD, Corporate Law, Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, 1998
  • BA, Business Management, Texas A&M University, 1995
Other:
  • Twitter: @katiepedigo
  • Recipient, Dallas Women’s Foundation Maura Women Helping Women Award, 2016
  • Named a “Hero for Children” by the Texas Education Commission, 2009
Quoted in:
  1. Is Prostitution a Victimless Crime?