November 6, 2022
DSW Legal Director Melissa Broudo, Staff Attorney Rebecca Cleary, and Volunteer Attorney Allison Kolins attended the American Public Health Association’s (APHA’s) annual meeting and expo in Boston early this November. According to their mission statement, APHA “… strengthens the impact of public health professionals and provides a science-based voice in policy debates too often driven by emotion, ideology or financial interests.” The meeting attracts experts in many public health related topics, including climate change, COVID-19, gun violence, vaccines, racial equality, and more.
As the decriminalization of consensual adult sex work is proven to have a positive impact on public health and safety, DSW was welcomed to the meeting with enthusiasm and support. The public health community is an extremely important partner in the mission to decriminalize sex work, as public health professionals understand that science and data matter, and that health and safety of all individuals is paramount.
As a community rooted in science, the public health world understands that decriminalization is central to supporting shared goals, specifically: reduction of violence against women and LGBTQIA individuals, sexual and reproductive safety and wellness, and bodily autonomy.
To learn more about public health in the United States, visit APHA’s website.