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NEWSLETTERS & EVENTS

October 2023 highlights

Meet the faces behind New Yorkers for the Equality Model (NYFEM)! We are a group of New Yorkers - sex trade survivors, direct service providers, and advocates - dedicated to shrinking the exploitative system of prostitution and providing resources to survivors and those wanting to exit the sex trade.

Meet the faces behind New Yorkers for the Equality Model (NYFEM)! We are a group of New Yorkers - sex trade survivors, direct service providers, and advocates - dedicated to shrinking the exploitative system of prostitution and providing resources to survivors and those wanting to exit the sex trade.

October 30, 2023

August 2023 highlights

A coalition representing New Yorkers for the Equality Model held a press conference to draw attention to the surge of prostitution and sex trafficking in New York City. Advocates and sex trade survivors joined forces to hold city leaders accountable for the growing crisis affecting the most vulnerable people of New York City – marginalized Black and brown women, girls, undocumented immigrants, foster care and LGBTQ youth.

 A coalition representing New Yorkers for the Equality Model held a press conference to draw attention to the surge of prostitution and sex trafficking in New York City. Advocates and sex trade survivors joined forces to hold city leaders accountable for the growing crisis affecting the most vulnerable people of New York City – marginalized Black and brown women, girls, undocumented immigrants, foster care and LGBTQ youth.

August 30, 2023

July 2023 highlights

This month, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof sat down with sex trade survivor and New Yorkers for the Equality Model member Melanie Thompson for a conversation about her experiences as a sex trafficked child and her work today as a survivor leader.

This month, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof sat down with sex trade survivor and New Yorkers for the Equality Model member Melanie Thompson for a conversation about her experiences as a sex trafficked child and her work today as a survivor leader.

July 31, 2023

June 2023 highlights

On June 26th, the governor of Maine signed a bill decriminalizing people in prostitution, the first bill of its kind in the United States. We are thrilled that prostituted people will no longer be criminalized for their own exploitation, and also that Maine strengthens their commitment to holding sex buyers and other exploiters accountable for the harms they inflict.

On June 26th, the governor of Maine signed a bill decriminalizing people in prostitution, the first bill of its kind in the United States. We are thrilled that prostituted people will no longer be criminalized for their own exploitation, and also that Maine strengthens their commitment to holding sex buyers and other exploiters accountable for the harms they inflict.

June 28, 2023

May 2023 highlights

On May 16th, members of New Yorkers for the Equality Model joined dozens of sex trade survivors and allies to advocate for the Sex Trade Survivors Act in front of the Judiciary Committee of the Massachusetts State legislature.

On May 16th, members of New Yorkers for the Equality Model joined dozens of sex trade survivors and allies to advocate for the Sex Trade Survivors Act in front of the Judiciary Committee of the Massachusetts State legislature.

May 30, 2023

April 2023 highlights

For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we launched a campaign about the the realities of the sex trade and why consent can't ever be bought. The sex trade's abuse of vulnerability and inherent violence means that a person's "yes" is not free of coercion.

For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we launched a campaign about the the realities of the sex trade and why consent can't ever be bought. The sex trade's abuse of vulnerability and inherent violence means that a person's "yes" is not free of coercion.

April 28, 2023

March 2023 highlights

As you learn more about prostitution legislation and the Equality Model, you see that many people fail to make the connection between sex trafficking and the system of prostitution. To strengthen your own understanding of how sex trafficking works – as a vehicle driving people to the prostitution market – please visit our Instagram page below and share the information with your networks!

As you learn more about prostitution legislation and the Equality Model, you see that many people fail to make the connection between sex trafficking and the system of prostitution. To strengthen your own understanding of how sex trafficking works – as a vehicle driving people to the prostitution market – please visit our Instagram page below and share the information with your networks!

March 29, 2023

February 2023 highlights

On February 21st, the New Yorkers for the Equality Model and Human Rights Program at Roosevelt House, Hunter College hosted a special event, A Vision of Justice and Equality for Sex Trade Survivors, where New Yorkers for the Equality Model member Melanie Thompson shared her film "Can Oppression Be Liberation?"

On February 21st, the New Yorkers for the Equality Model and Human Rights Program at Roosevelt House, Hunter College hosted a special event, A Vision of Justice and Equality for Sex Trade Survivors, where New Yorkers for the Equality Model member Melanie Thompson shared her film "Can Oppression Be Liberation?"

February 28, 2023

Webinar: An Overview of Prostitution Legislation from Around the World

A review of the three primary models governing prostitution around the globe including legalization/full decriminalization, criminalization and the Equality Model.

A review of the three primary models governing prostitution around the globe including legalization/full decriminalization, criminalization and the Equality Model.

February 27, 2023

January 2023 highlights

In honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, New Yorkers for the Equality Model will be hosting two special trainings to enhance your understanding of the harms of the sex trade and present legislative solutions for preventing human trafficking.

In honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, New Yorkers for the Equality Model will be hosting two special trainings to enhance your understanding of the harms of the sex trade and present legislative solutions for preventing human trafficking.

January 30, 2023

December 2022 highlights

The truth about the sex trade: taking a deeper look a popular narratives

The truth about the sex trade: taking a deeper look a popular narratives

December 21, 2022

November 2022 highlights

This time of year, our calendars are marked full of occasions and holidays - things to celebrate and reminders to give back. November 25th was International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

This time of year, our calendars are marked full of occasions and holidays - things to celebrate and reminders to give back. November 25th was International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

November 29, 2022

October 2022 highlights

New Yorkers for the Equality Model hosts an exclusive screening of the Sell/Buy/Date, a new hybrid/documentary from Tony Award-winning playwright and performer Sarah Jones, Executive Produced by Meryl Streep and featuring appearances from Rosario Dawson, Bryan Cranston, and Ilana Glazer.

New Yorkers for the Equality Model hosts an exclusive screening of the Sell/Buy/Date, a new hybrid/documentary from Tony Award-winning playwright and performer Sarah Jones, Executive Produced by Meryl Streep and featuring appearances from Rosario Dawson, Bryan Cranston, and Ilana Glazer.

October 28, 2022

Sell/Buy/Date Panel Discussion

Sex trade survivor leaders Esperanza Fonseca, Gabrielle Prieto, and Melanie Thompson joined filmmaker Sarah Jones and moderator/Equality Model advocate Mitha Choudhury in a thoughtful dialogue of the harmful misconceptions about the sex trade and the cultural battles we face as we fight for true equality.

Sex trade survivor leaders Esperanza Fonseca, Gabrielle Prieto, and Melanie Thompson joined filmmaker Sarah Jones and moderator/Equality Model advocate Mitha Choudhury in a thoughtful dialogue of the harmful misconceptions about the sex trade and the cultural battles we face as we fight for true equality.

October 25, 2022

September 2022 highlights

Last week, members of New Yorkers for the Equality Model hosted a roundtable discussion on trafficking for sexual exploitation in New York State and beyond. The discussion included advocate and philanthropist Chelsea Clinton, New Yorkers for the Equality Model member and Survivor Leader Melanie Thompson, OSCE's Special Representative and Coordinator for Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings Valiant Richey, and the co-sponsors of New York's Sex Trade Survivors Justice and Equality Act, Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter.

Last week, members of New Yorkers for the Equality Model hosted a roundtable discussion on trafficking for sexual exploitation in New York State and beyond. The discussion included advocate and philanthropist Chelsea Clinton, New Yorkers for the Equality Model member and Survivor Leader Melanie Thompson, OSCE's Special Representative and Coordinator for Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings Valiant Richey, and the co-sponsors of New York's Sex Trade Survivors Justice and Equality Act, Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter.

September 30, 2022

August 2022 highlights

Visa and Mastercard have suspended card payments for advertising on Pornhub and its parent company MindGeek. This is a significant stride forward in holding websites accountable for hosting and sharing child sexual abuse materials and other nonconsensual videos.

Visa and Mastercard have suspended card payments for advertising on Pornhub and its parent company MindGeek. This is a significant stride forward in holding websites accountable for hosting and sharing child sexual abuse materials and other nonconsensual videos.

August 30, 2022

July 2022 highlights

The Next Generation Fights Sexual Exploitation: Learn more about youth advocacy in New York

The Next Generation Fights Sexual Exploitation: Learn more about youth advocacy in New York

July 27, 2022

June 2022 highlights

While the media, governments and law enforcement pay some attention to sex trafficking victims and their exploiters, sex buyers largely enjoy an under-the-radar existence; they face little consequence for the harms they inflict on the people they purchase and society as a whole.

While the media, governments and law enforcement pay some attention to sex trafficking victims and their exploiters, sex buyers largely enjoy an under-the-radar existence; they face little consequence for the harms they inflict on the people they purchase and society as a whole.

June 28, 2022

May 2022 highlights

On May 10th, New Yorkers for the Equality Model traveled to New York's capital city of Albany for a full day of activism on behalf of the Sex Trade Survivors Justice and Equality Act.

On May 10th, New Yorkers for the Equality Model traveled to New York's capital city of Albany for a full day of activism on behalf of the Sex Trade Survivors Justice and Equality Act.

May 26, 2022

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