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The more things change, the more we need to come together.

Much has changed for all of us over the last few months. But one thing has remained the same: Our collective commitment to creating a world where no person is bought, sold or exploited. While we cannot come together in person this May for the World Without Exploitation National Convening, we can continue to connect, collaborate and learn from one another. Because facilitating connection is what World Without Exploitation is all about.

That’s why we’re pleased to announce the Now & Next Speakers Series. A weekly digital gathering hosted by World Without Exploitation and curated with our coalition membership in mind, the Now & Next Speakers Series will feature movement leaders and opinion shapers sharing best practices, presenting new research, and exploring innovative ways to make our movement more effective and inclusive. Best of all, World Without Exploitation members, national convening registrants, and other allies can take part in our weekly Now & Next Speakers Series at no charge, thanks to sponsorship by Demand Abolition. So join us every Thursday, from 12 - 1pm EDT, for a series of presentations that will explore today’s issues and tomorrow’s solutions for the movement to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation. See you online!

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Privilege and Racial Marginalization: The racism of prostitution

Presented by Vednita Carter (Breaking Free) and Christine Stark (author and professor. Moderated by Sonia Ossorio (National Organization for Women New York City)

Thursday, June 4, 12pm - 1pm EDT

We know that chattel slavery in the US was built on a foundation of sexual violence in a myriad of forms. The land theft, resources appropriation and genocide of Indigenous peoples were also characterized by sexual violence. The same can be said of the colonization of Latin America. This history explains today's over-representation of women and children of color in the sex industry.

In "Privilege and Racial Marginalization: The racism of prostitution," Vednita Carter, founder of Breaking Free, and Christine Stark, professor and co-author of "Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota," will discuss socially constructed racial inequality and marginalization as a defining element of the prostitution of women and children, in a conversation moderated by Sonia Ossorio, Executive Director of National Organization for Women New York, Women's Justice NOW. They will also discuss the role of male privilege and pornography in driving the demand for prostituted sex.


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The Speakers Series is made available free of charge. In lieu of a registration fee, please consider “giving it forward” by making a donation to the WorldWE ACT NOW Fund, which supports survivors of exploitation impacted by COVID-19.

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|June 4|Privilege and Racial Marginalization: The racism of prostitution with: Vednita Carter (Breaking Free), Sonia Ossorio (National Organization for Women New York), Christine Stark (Author)|button>Register[]|
|June 11| The Bitter Truth About Sugaring: Deception and false promises in exploitation's new frontier with: Tamar Arenson (The One Campaign), Angie Henderson (University of Northern Colorado), Megan Lundstrom (Avery Center for Research & Services)|button>Register[]|
|June 18| 2020 Voters - American views on prostitution policies: (Brew Advisors), (M+R), (Topos Partnership)|button>Register[]|
|June 25|Addressing Demand: The best, untapped strategy for ending trafficking with: Valiant Richey (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe)|button>Register[]|
|July 2| Real Accountability in a Virtual World: Engaging corporations to fight online sexploitation with: Dawn Hawkins (National Center on Sexual Exploitation), Christen Price (National Center on Sexual Exploitation)|button>Register[]|
|July 9| Making the Case: Prostitution as a public health crisis with: Nikki Bell (Living in Freedom Together), Dr. Mattie Castiel (City of Worcester)|button>Register []|
|July 16|Overwhelming Odds: Sexual exploitation of homeless youth and their increased vulnerabilities during COVID-19 with: Jayne Bigelsen (Covenant House New York)|button>Register[]|
|July 23|Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Online Global Summit|button>Register[]|
|July 30|The Neurobiology of Trauma and Resilience: What the anti-sex trafficking movement needs to know with: Laura Mahr (Conscious Legal Minds LLC)|button>Register[]|

|May 28|Man to Man: Promoting healthy masculinity and ending men's violence with: Jimmie Briggs (Man Up Campaign), Peter Qualliotine (Modeling Equality)|button>View[]|
|May 21|Growing Up in a Porn Culture: Social, emotional, and cognitive impact on youth with: Dr. Gail Dines (Culture Reframed)|button>View[]|
|May 14|Let's Get Real: Life in the legal sex trade with: Rebecca Bender(Rebecca Bender Initiative), Bekah Charleston (Valiant Hearts) and sponsored by Levin Papantonio|button>View[]|
|May 7|Past is Present: The historical effects of the sex trade on women and girls of color today with: Cherice Hopkins (Rights4Girls)|button>View[]|
|April 30|#Traffickinghub: How Pornhub is enabling sexual exploitation and what we can do about it with: Laila Mickelwait (Exodus Cry)|
|April 23|Just the Facts: Identifying and appropriately using solid data with: Katie Feifer (The Voices and Faces Project)|button>View[]|
|April 16|Online Exploitation Ecosystems: Short-term impact of COVID-19 on human trafficking in the US with: Rob Spectre (|
|April 9|The Equality Model: Hurdles, roadblocks and the path forward with: Audrey Morrissey (My Life My Choice), Lauren Hersh (World Without Exploitation)|

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