Letter Regarding the U.S. Global AIDS Act
Coordinated by the Center for Health and Gender Equity (www.genderhealth.org)
May 17, 2005
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500 USA
Dear Mr. President:
The undersigned represent a diverse group of public health, human rights, faith-based and community-based organizations. We strongly support the U.S. government's goals of preventing the spread of HIV and ending trafficking in persons worldwide. We are concerned, however, that U.S. anti-HIV/AIDS and anti-trafficking efforts will be severely undermined by policies restricting the range of interventions that can be used to protect the lives and health of women and men in prostitution, and of trafficked persons, the very groups intended as beneficiaries of U.S. efforts.