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What is: Recommendation 86?

US State Department of the UN Human Rights Council’s Recommendation No 86 aims to “ensure access to public services paying attention to the special vulnerability of sexual workers to violence and human rights abuses.”

Best Practices Policy Project adds:

Key Facts About Human Rights Violations & Sex Work ~ For the 2020 UPR of the U.S.A. |

Previous UN Body Recommendations: In prior UPR process, the U.S. accepted Recommendation 86, requiring it to “[u]ndertake awareness‐raising campaigns
for combating stereotypes and violence against [LGBT people] and ensure access to public services, paying attention to the
special vulnerability of sex workers to violence and human rights abuses.” The U.S has pursued policies that directly contradict this commitment, putting sex workers at heightened risk of human rights abuses. In 2014, the UN Human Rights Committee challenged the U.S. Justice Department’s claim that arresting people for sex work is a humane or effective way to fight trafficking, and called on the U.S. to align its anti-trafficking initiatives with human rights norms, which reject criminalizing sex workers.

Key Recommendations for inclusion via USHRN: The United States of America should:

Ms. Magazine adds:

“We were long overdue for the United States to take the needs of sex workers seriously, particularly the need to stem violence and discrimination,” says attorney Sienna Baskin, Co­-Director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York.



The next universal periodic review is in 2025.

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