Appointment of Regional HIV Policy Officers

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NSWP
This short term project, funded by the Robert Carr Fund for civil society networks, will produce five regional reports documenting four case studies of sex worker-led HIV programming good practice per region, briefing papers on sex workers' access to treatment, and briefing papers of the impact of HIV programming for sex workers that does not reflect a rights-based approach in each of the regions. The regional reports will be collated into a global report and global briefing papers.
 
NSWP is pleased to announce the appointment of the following Regional HIV Policy Officers who will undertake this work in collaboration with the regional networks and with support from local consultants in the organisations that will feature in the good practice reports.
 
North America & the Caribbean
The Legal Network promotes the human rights of persons living with and vulnerable to HIV and AIDS. It has a long history of advocacy work against the criminalisation of sex work, and has produced a number of educational materials analysing the criminal law's impact on the health and human rights of sex workers. Sandra Ka Hon Chu, the lead consultant on this project, has significant experience in research and policy analysis on a wide range of issues, including sex work, prisons, drug policy, harm reduction, and women's rights in sub-Saharan Africa, and has authored numerous publications on these issues. She is leading the Legal Network's intervention before the Canadian Supreme Court in the challenge to Canada's prostitution laws.  
 
Europe
Agata Dziuban is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Sociology at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and works as an outreach worker with Centre for Prevention and Social Education PARASOL providing services to female sex workers in Kraków.  She has been engaged in several educational and information campaigns concerning HIV/AIDS, gender based violence, human rights and anti-discriminatory provisions, and has participated in projects dedicated to people living with HIV/AIDS in Poland. She has broad experience in sociological research and policy analysis on a wide range of issues, including HIV/AIDS policies, sex work, sexual violence, identity strategies, and the politics of memory. Her post-doctoral research “(Bio)politics of Exclusion. Living with HIV/AIDS in Post-Soviet Countries”, aims at examining the social and political aspects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the former USRR.
 
Latin America
Cynthia Navarrete Gil is a sex worker, born in Mexico City and has received a variety of training on HIV, STIs, HPV, SSR and HR. She is a volunteer for the Mexican Sex workers group APROASE, formed in 1985.  Since 2005, Cynthia has been on the Board as Secretary General and Treasurer involved in activism in human, labour and health rights for sex workers.  She is also a counsellor in HIV, STI, HPV, SSR and HR for COLSAVI Manager Dysplasias Clinic founded in 2004. She has experience in developing projects related to Health and Human Rights for female sex workers and being a leader at workshops for Sex Workers Peer Education and Institutional Strengthening.  She is the author of various publications including the Guide for the prevention and care of HIV, AIDS and STIs in Women Sex Workers.
 
Africa
Grace Kamau is currently finalising her Masters degree in Gender studies at the University of Nairobi. She currently works as a project coordinator with the Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme (BHESP). She coordinates sex workers and bar hostess groups across Kenya with a membership of more than forty thousand sex workers. She has worked with police officers in Kenya as stakeholders around human rights abuses of sex workers. She is also currently the Secretary of the Sex Worker Alliance for Kenya, and sits on the Kenya Technical Advisory body for sex workers. Grace was previously a Global Advocacy fellow for HIV Prevention (AVAC) documenting ‘Voices of sex workers on access to PrEP and microbicides in Kenya’. She has engaged in several educational and information campaigns concerning HIV/AIDS, gender based violence, human rights and anti-discriminatory provisions of the Kenyan laws on sex workers.
 
Asia Pacific
Khartini Slamah was previously the Coordinator and Networking Officer for Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) with the role of coordinating workshops, sharing and updating members on current issues relating to sex workers and strengthening relationships with other networks.  She has presented papers on behalf of APNSW, 7sisters & other organisations at regional and international AIDS conferences.  Khartini has been involved in HIV/AIDS related work for the past 25 years as has a variety of consultancy roles including national research on transgender in Malaysia, drug users, sexual health projects in India and HIV/STI assessment/survey in Asia Pacific.  She also has experience in organising and leading workshops and training for various key affected populations.