This watch site is run by the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale University, in collaboration with the Sex Workers and Allies Network. 

The Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP) is a program hosted by the Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health that tackles contemporary problems at the interface of global health, human rights, and social justice. GHJP partners with advocates to use the resources of the academic institution to support their work. Its work locally on Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion comes out of two years of studying sex work-specific diversion programs (see the report Diversion from Justice: A Rights-Based Analysis of Local "Prostitution Diversion Programs" and Their Effects on People in the Sex Sector).


The Sex Workers and Allies Network does harm reduction, advocacy, and empowerment with people who are doing survival sex work in the New Haven area. The organization stands for decriminalization of sex work, abolition of the unjust criminal system, and dignity for all. SWAN has an interest in LEAD because its members are frequently criminalized for engaging in sex work, using drugs, or doing things necessary to survive when they do not have housing. Since LEAD may involve decisions not to make arrests for these behaviors, SWAN’s population is directly affected by LEAD policies.

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