Human Rights For All: Concerned Advocates for the Rights of Sex Workers and People in the Sex Trade is an informal grouping of advocates that emerged in late 2010 across the United States as a result of a recommendation from the United Nations' Human Rights Council that the U.S. “ensure access to public services paying attention to the special vulnerability of sexual workers [sex workers] to violence and human rights abuses.”
This recommendation--Recommendation 86--was a result of a nationwide activist effort to highlight the human rights abuses suffered by sex workers and people in the sex trade during the 2010 Universal Periodic Review of the United States. In March 2011 after months of organizing by US sex worker rights organizations, the State Department indicated that it fully supported Recommendation 86,
stating: “No one should face violence or discrimination in access to
public services based on sexual orientation or their status as a person
Press coverage and the blogosphere... "This simple statement [from the US government] marks a potential monumental shift in U.S. policy: a new recognition that anti-trafficking policy alone is not an adequate response to the human rights violations of all sex workers," comments Kari Lerum, a Ms Magazine blogger, academic and member of Human Rights For All. "We stand with allies for the human rights of sex workers and will closely follow the U.S. government’s 'serious efforts' to end discrimination and violence against this community," writes the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, adding that, "the special vulnerability of sex workers to HIV infection – particularly
transgender sex workers and people of color – makes this declaration by
the U.S. government an encouraging step forward for prevention justice."