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Norma Ramos, JD Biography

Former Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“At its core, prostitution is violence against women. Safe prostitution is an oxymoron. Prostitution creates a class of human beings who are not supposed to feel when they are most supposed to feel, who are not allowed to say no to unwanted sex. It is the world’s oldest oppression.

The way to address oppression is to end it – not legalize, regulate or make it more tolerable. The most effective way to address this commercial sexual exploitation is to penalize the buyers and offer those caught up in the sex trafficking industry a way out.”

“Legal Prostitution Can Never Be Safe,” New York Times, Apr. 19, 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Human rights attorney, Jan. 2014-present
  • Counsel and Member of the Board, SPACE International
  • Member of the Board, National Hispanic Environmental Council
  • Member of the Board, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
  • Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), 2007-2014
  • Former Executive Director, Rainforest Foundation
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  • Recipient, Women’s Committee Award and the Flor De Maga Award from the Puerto Rican Bar Association
  • Recipient, Feerick Center for Social Justice Award, 2012
  • Recipient, Pioneering & Leadership Award, Trafficking in America Task Force, 2012
  • Recipient, Hispanic National Bar Association Commission on Latinas in the Legal Profession Annual Award, 2010
  • Recipient, Humanist Heroine Award by the American Humanist Association, 2009
Quoted in:
  1. Would Legal Prostitution Better Protect Prostitutes from Violence?