[RHYA] would increase funding for street outreach, housing, crisis intervention, and transitional living programs for homeless youth. This funding directly addresses many of the reasons youth are pushed into the sex trade and vulnerable to exploitation in the sex trade and other industries. Learn more about the RHYA and other legislation here, and learn how you can take action!
NATIONAL | On April 22nd, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act [S. 178] passed in the Senate. The bill will increase funding and activity of law inforcement and immigration control and increase surveillance. Read about the bill here.
NATIONAL | The A&E Reality “8 minutes” has drawn vocal criticism from both anti-trafficking and sex worker rights organisations, and has finally been pulled, thanks to individual sex workers banding together and fighting back. Learn more about how the show impacted sex worker lives here, and learn about how the show got pulled here.
PHOENIX | Manifestation charges against Monica Jones were dropped this February after a two year battle. The states’ attorneys decision to drop charges prove a mixed result, as they prevent Jones and her legal team from challenging the legality of vaguely worded “manifestation for prostitution” ordinances that encourage police profiling.
MARYLAND | Maryland HB241/SB904-2015 — a bill that would have made working in the sex trade with a friend, sharing a hotel to work at, or posting ads for another a felony — was withdrawn by its’ sponsor this March as a result of pressure from a diverse coalition of groups.