D/17 Blog

The Associated Press first reported the news on its Twitter feed at 12:08 a.m. describing the victims as women. Less than an hour later, they’d changed the word “women” to “prostitutes.” It took nearly a full day for the news outlet to reconsider their wording. They took down the original tweet replacing it with one that explained, “The AP has deleted a tweet about killings in Texas because it identified four individuals allegedly murdered by a Border Patrol officer as prostitutes, rather than as women or victims.”

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Seeking Justice: The Murder Of Donna Castleberry Dalton

CPD public information officer Denise Alex-Bouzounis would only acknowledge there had been some complaints and say the internal investigation of Mitchell was still open. She also confirmed that Columbus police have an audio recording of the incident with Dalton made by Mitchell as part of his undercover vice investigation. The Appeal requested the recording from the Columbus police but was told it would not be released at this time.
Donna Dalton’s death comes on the heels of a number of other fatal, on-duty shootings by the Columbus police

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We Remember: Donna Castleberry Dalton #justicefordonna

Murdered by an undercover officer while in custody in his vehicle: More than 100 family and friends gathered at South-wood Elementary School for a vigil for 23-year-old Donna Castleberry.Police said Castleberry was fatally shot Thursday morning after stabbing an undercover police officer during an investigation into prostitution.

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December 17th 2018

I/We hope you will join me in remembering those lost by murder and suicide in 2018, along with recently past victims . The day of Monday December 17th I/We will be at Thomas Paine Plaza across from City Hall, and the evening of Monday December 17th community will gather at Phila MOCA on Lower Spring Garden for a formal remembrance. More details will post in September after Labor Day.

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We Salute WHYY For Fair & Balanced Coverage Remembering Philly’s Robin West

While Hollywood might make you believe otherwise, serial killers are quite rare. Of almost 16,000 homicide victims in the United States in 2015, just 0.3 percent (26 people) died at the hands of a serial killer, according to data from the FBI and the Serial Killer Information Center, a project by researchers at Radford University in Virginia and Florida Gulf Coast University. On average, 20 serial killers were active in the United States in any given year this decade, according to the center. That’s why investigators didn’t immediately recognize that Robin, Joanne Brown, Sarah Butler, and another woman who survived an attack could have fallen prey to the same person.

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Town hall with Suraj Patel marks turning point in sex workers’ rights movement by Jenavieve Hatch

Patel’s campaign and Survivors Against SESTA organized the event. The panel and town hall focused on FOSTA / SESTA, legislation enacted in April that sex workers say drastically affects their ability to do their jobs safely. The bill amended section 230 of the Common Decency Act. Through tears, Doroshow and Gentili, both of whom are trans women of color, spoke of the violence that’s plaguing their community, and how that violence is getting worse under the new legislation.

“Our community is getting raped, beaten and killed,” Doroshow said. “I don’t have the capacity to bury another fucking girl.”

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Special Screening: No Human Involved

In 2009 after she was sentenced to more than two years of imprisonment for solicitation of prostitution, Marcia Powell was locked in a metal cage in the sun at an Arizona prison. Hours later she collapsed in the over 107 degree heat and by day’s end she was dead. Even though an internal investigation carried out by the Arizona Department of Corrections revealed that prison guards had denied her water and ridiculed her when she pleaded for help, no one was held accountable. The story of how Marcia came to be incarcerated and the circumstances of her death reveal the impact that inhumane prison conditions are having on a wide range communities of sex workers—including the homeless, young people, transgender people and immigrants—across the United States. The documentary NO HUMAN INVOLVED chronicles how a movement formed around this case, seeking justice in her name.

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The Voice Of Alaska: Tara Burns of FOSTA /SESTA

What if I told you that scientists found something that decreases the female homicide rate by 17.4 percent and our government just abolished it? That’s exactly what happened when the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, HR 1865 (commonly called FOSTA/SESTA), became law on April 11. The bill would allow the government to prosecute websites which knowingly help or promote sex trafficking and also allow users to sue those websites.
Although the Department of Justice went on record warning that FOSTA/SESTA would make it more difficult to prosecute sex trafficking cases, the bill was framed and sold as an anti-trafficking measure. FOSTA/SESTA effectively modified section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, passed in 1996, which exempted websites from criminal charges for the actions of their users.

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We Remember: Miss Precious Nety in Nigeria

Shock as client reportedly murders prostitute in Borno March 29, 2018 Daily Post Nigeria http://dailypost.ng/author/ameh-comrade-godwin/ A commercial sex worker, Miss Precious Nety has been killed by a client who hired her for all night sex at a popular hotel in Galadima area of Maiduguri in Borno State.

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We Remember: Brazilian Rights Activist Marielle Franco

Prominent human rights advocate and councilwoman Marielle Franco was fatally shot while in her car by unknown assailants. Protests have been organized in the cities of Recife, Belem, Salvador, Natal, Sao Paulo, Brasilia among others to condemn Franco’s killing.

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We Remember: Lucy Lowe in a D/17 Moment Of Silence

The newspaper’s probe alleges that social workers were aware of the abuse in the 1990s, but that it took police a decade to  launch Operation Chalice, an inquiry into child prostitution in the Telford area in which seven men were jailed. It is also claimed that abused and trafficked children were considered “prostitutes” by council staff.

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3/14 Community Meet & Greet To Discuss Safety and SESTA

Community Meet & Greet To Discuss Safety and SESTA

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We Remember: Morgan Huennekens

we-remember-morgan-huennekens: gillum, 29, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, confessed to killing a teenage prostitute after they allegedly fought over how much he would pay her

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Today we trade fear for sanctuary

Today we trade fear for sanctuary.

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