FOSTA conflates consensual sex workers with trafficking victims. As a result, it has made consensual sex markets more coercive and riskier, while hindering anti-trafficking efforts.

The sex trade is defined by exploitation. For survivors, FOSTA is a welcome step towards holding those who profit off of online exploitation accountable.

Stakeholders with authentic disagreements about and experiences in transactional sex can work together to reduce common harms in the sex trades through participatory policymaking that includes a wide range of people with lived experience, including people who identify as survivors of trafficking, sexual exploitation, and sex work.

Registries to track child maltreatment allegations are one of many state tools for surveilling low-income Black mothers, and they can lead to devastating consequences for family and youth.

Transgender and gender-nonconforming public transit riders in Portland, Oregon experience discrimination, harassment, and violence from transit staff and riders. Nondiscrimination policies may be helpful toward increasing riders’ safety whereas armed transit police are not recommended.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals historically receive less attention in terms of intimate partner violence services and support than cisgender, heterosexual female victims. This bias is reflected in national data that tend to omit information on sexual orientation and gender identity or that only capture current intimate partner gender. As a result, bisexual IPV victims are overlooked or misclassified as heterosexual or lesbian.