We launched our At the Edge of the Margins virtual round table series shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic erupted. As the world faced unprecedented challenges and deep uncertainty, we wanted to shed light on the effects of the pandemic on women in the sex trade, who were already suffering from multilayered inequalities, violence and poverty. One year later, the crisis continues and our collective efforts to end sex trafficking and sexual exploitation remain urgent. While some parts of the world are finding their way toward a new normal, others are enduring devastating waves of COVID-19. The Shadow Pandemic ― the rise of violence against women this past year ― still rages.

In our next virtual round table, we check in with survivor leaders from around the world for an update on their advocacy and frontline service work since the global health crisis began. The panelists will evaluate their respective governments' responses to the pandemic's impact on women in the sex trade and the policy implications of their (in)action. They will also share their vision and plans to secure justice and equality for prostituted and sex trafficked women and girls worldwide.

Join us on May 27, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. EST for At the Edge of the Margins: One year later — COVID-19's impact on women in the sex trade.

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




Nicole Bell (USA) is the founder and chief executive officer of Living in Freedom Together, Inc. (LIFT), a survivor-led non-profit working to end prostitution and provide viable pathways out of the sex trade. Her organization runs several programs addressing the ending of systems of prostitution and promoting recovery from trauma, substance use disorder and mental health disorder. She presents both nationally and internationally on the importance of ending all systems of prostitution through the promotion of the Equality Model.

Ms. Bell has received recognition for her work with this underserved and marginalized population, including Worcester Woman of Consequence 2016 and Worcester's Most Inspirational Women for 2019. She was named one of Worcester Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2019 and awarded a 2020 Outstanding Law Enforcement Award from US Attorney Andrew E Lelling for her commitment to violent crime prevention and intervention. She was appointed to The Executive Office of Public Safety's Justice Involved Women's committee.


Alika Kinan (Argentina) is the director of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Studies, Research and Training Program, which she created, at the Universidad Nacional de San Martin. A sex trafficking survivor and abolitionist activist, her work is centered on understanding and investigating the crime of human trafficking in order to improve investigative processes and the development of laws and public policies. She has received numerous honors, including the 2017 U.S. Department of State Heroes Against Modern Slavery Award and the 2015 Outstanding Woman of the Year recognition from the Argentinian Senate. 

Mônica Lopes (Switzerland) was trafficked and prostituted in the legal brothels of Switzerland at the age of 17.  Born in Brazil and living in Switzerland, she is an abolitionist survivor leader working to develop exit strategies for prostituted women and advances the #EndTheDemand-Switzerland campaign efforts.   



Taina Bien-Aimé is the executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW).


At the Edge of the Margins

One year later — COVID-19's impact on women in the sex trade

May 27, 2021 @ 12:30 p.m. EST

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