The next virtual round table in CATW’s At the Edge of the Margins series will convene advocates from around the world to discuss the effects of the global health crisis on migrant and sex trafficked women and girls. Based on their front line work and advocacy efforts, the panelists will shed light on what they are seeing on the ground and evaluate their respective governments' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the women and girls they serve. They will also consider the role of the United Nations and the pressures the pandemic will have on our collective work to end sex trafficking and sexual exploitation worldwide.  

Join us on May 27, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EST for At the Edge of the Margins: COVID-19's impact on migrant and sex trafficked women and girls.

This virtual event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration is required.



Jean Enriquez (The Philippines) is the executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-Asia-Pacific (CATW-AP). For the past 30 years, Jean has worked for the protection of women´s rights, gaining extensive experience as a grassroots organizer, expert and trainer for various international and national fora focused on trafficking and prostitution; sexuality, health and reproductive rights; women’s political participation; and women and development. She began her journey in the human rights movement fighting the Marcos dictatorship at 13 years old. Jean chaired the Commission on Trafficking in Persons during the World Conference Against Racism held in Durban, South Africa in 2001 and has spoken at the UN Commission on the Status of Women on various occasions. She was among Marie Claire’s Ten Women of the Year for 2007 and The Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service in the Philippines in 2010. She sits on the Board of Advisers of both the Buklod Center for Women in Olongapo and Bagong Kamalayan Prostitution Survivors’ Collective.

Drisha Fernandes (Colombia) is a social anthropologist, focusing on grave human rights violations for more than 19 years. Drisha led an independent forensic team on forced disappearance, torture and extrajudicial execution cases during the Colombian armed conflict to provide a second opinion. She is currently a member of the Iniciativa ProEquidad, an alliance of advocates, organizations and sex trade survivors dedicated to ending sexual exploitation. The group works to raise public awareness and contributes to legislative and socio-cultural change against male violence against women and girls in Colombia and the region.


Yagmur Uygarkizi (France) is a member of Radical Girlsss, the youth branch of the European Network of Migrant Women fighting for the liberation of women and girls from patriarchal structures and mentalities. A politics graduate from University College London (UCL), she has written and translated articles on prostitution, pornography and veiling. She is currently the advocacy and partnership officer of the Fondation Scelles.


Anna Zobnina (Russia) is a feminist activist and researcher. She has over ten years of experience analyzing male violence against women, specifically focusing on migrant and refugee women and sexual and reproductive rights. She is the coordinator of the European Network of Migrant Women (ENOMW), a Europe-wide platform directly representing the voice and opinion of migrant women at the European level. She is an expert with the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) and sits on the Executive Committee of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL).


Taina Bien-Aimé (USA) is the executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW). She is a founding board member of Equality Now and later served as its executive director for a decade. She was director of Business Affairs/Film Acquisitions at Home Box Office and practiced international corporate law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Taina holds a Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law and a degree in Political Science from the University of Geneva/Graduate School of International Studies in Switzerland. She sits on the New York City Mayor’s Gender Equity Commission and recently completed nine years on the board of the New York Women’s Foundation.


At the Edge of the Margins

 COVID-19's impact on migrant and sex trafficked women and girls

May 27, 2020 @ 12:00 p.m. EST

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