Asia Catalyst – Report on Transgender Female Sex Workers in China

Saturday, March 21, 2015 @ 7 pm



Transgender Female Sex Workers in China Based on field research conducted in China throughout 2014, this talk will highlight findings from a detailed study on the daily realities for transgender female and female-presenting sex workers in Beijing and Shanghai. The research focused on the legal frameworks, working conditions, and access to services for transgender female sex workers in China.  Although there are no outright legal penalties for being a transgender person in China, the absence of non-discrimination laws, lack of professional medical services for gender change, and a lack of targeted HIV programming and services mean there is no effective protection.

About the Speaker:

Shen Tingting, Director of Advocacy, Research and PolicyShen Tingting has been a prominent HIV/AIDS and human rights advocate in Beijing, China, and has been working with marginalized communities since her college days. In 2007, Tingting co-founded the Korekata AIDS Law Center with Li Dan, and until 2012 she was the deputy director of its parent organization, Dongjen Center for Human Rights Education and Action, where she founded and managed an outreach program for sex workers in Beijing. Tingting received her MA in Social Welfare from Renmin University of China in 2009, and served as a visiting research fellow at Asia Catalyst from March -August 2012.

About the Organization:

Asia Catalyst works with community based organizations from marginalized groups in Asia that promote the right to health. They train their partners to meet high standards of effective and democratic governance, to establish a stable foundation for future growth, and to conduct rigorous human rights research and advocacy. They aim to help our partners become leading advocates at the local, national and global levels.

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