Founding Board Member of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
"The sexual exploitation of women and children by local and global sex industries violates the human rights of all women and children whose bodies are reduced to sexual commodities in this brutal and dehumanizing marketplace. While experienced as pleasure by the prostitution consumers and as lucrative sources of income by sex industry entrepreneurs, prostitution, sex trafficking, and related practices are, in fact, forms of sexual violence that leave women and children physically and psychologically devastated. The global sex industry preys on this sexual, racial, and socioeconomic inequality, profits from it, and reinforces and exacerbates it. It turns the exploitation of members of groups at the bottom of gender-, race-, and socioeconomic-based hierarchies into the sexual entertainment of members of powerful groups. In short, it eroticizes inequality as it makes inequality immensely profitable."
Presentation to UN Special Seminar on Trafficking, Prostitution and the Global Sex Industry, June 2, 1999
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of prostitution. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to prostitution issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Founding Board Member and Former Co-Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), 1988-present
Director, Center for Battered Women's Legal Services at Sanctuary for Families, New York City
Pro Bono Award, Legal Aid Society, 2005
"Women of Power and Influence" Award, National Organization for Women - New York City Chapter, 2002
"In the Trenches" Award, Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence, 2000
Outstanding Contributions in Public Interest Law, New York University School of Law Public Interest Law Foundation, 2000
Legal Services Award, New York City Bar Association, 1999
Human Rights Award, United Nations Capitol Association, 1994
Recognition Award, Korean-American Family Service Center
Lecturer, Columbia University School of Law
Former Leader, Women Against Pornography
Former Leader, Women Against Violence Against Women
Former Leader, Women’s Anti-Rape Coalition
Women of Distinction Award, New York City Chapter of the League of Women Voters