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Why 'Philanthropy Needs To Go Where Government Won't' To Protect Sex Workers

In this  July 31, 2014, photo, a sex worker talks to a potential client in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Dirceu Greco, the former he
In this July 31, 2014, photo, a sex worker talks to a potential client in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Dirceu Greco, the former head of the Department of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, AIDS and Viral Hepatitis at the health ministry, said opposition by evangelical leaders “caused notorious backtracking” in AIDS policy. Another former leader of the program, Dr. Pedro Chequer, complained that the restrictions have hurt campaigns targeting vulnerable populations such as gays and sex workers. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The health and safety of sex workers: It's not an issue most of us tend to think about every day, but it's yet another example of how marginalized populations are often left out of essential public policy discussions on subjects like health care, housing, education, and workforce development.

That's why we thought it would be a good idea to jump on the phone with some leaders in the field of health and safety for sex workers to find out what philanthropy is doing, and what philanthropy could do, about this segment of our community.

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