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Taina Bien-Aime
Taina Bien-Aimé is the Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW). CATW is the first and oldest international non-profit organization dedicated to ending trafficking in women and girls and related forms of commercial sexual exploitation as practices of gender-based violence.

Prior to this position, Taina was the Executive Director of Women's City Club of New York (WCC), a multi-issue advocacy organization that helps shape public policy in New York. She was a founding Board member of Equality Now, an international human rights organization that works for the protection of the rights of women and girls and later served as its Executive Director (2000-2011). She was Director of Business Affairs/Film Acquisitions at Home Box Office (1996-2000) and practiced international corporate law at the Wall St. law firm, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (1992-1996).

Taina holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law and a Licence in Political Science from the University of Geneva/Graduate School of International Studies in Switzerland.

Entries by Taina Bien-Aime

Decriminalizing Prostitution In South Africa: A Recipe to Extinguish the Legacy of Sara Baartman

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 7:20 PM

The spirit of Saartjie "Sara" Baartman runs deep in South Africa. In the early 19th century, a Dutch farmer near Cape Town enslaved Sara and, a few years later, a British doctor took her to Europe. A KhoiKhoi woman with protuberant buttocks and genitalia the British...

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Is the New York Times Endorsing Legalization of Prostitution?

(10) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 9:47 AM

In the early 2000s, the New York Times published a series of articles by Pulitzer Prize winner Judith Miller about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. In an era of intense media competition and feverish quests to eke out profits, the Times appeared...

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UK's First "Red-Light" District: Leeds' Cruel Solution to Prostitution and Violence

(2) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 2:09 PM

On an ordinary winter day in 2014, Mary Honeyball led her colleagues in the European Parliament to pass a groundbreaking resolution urging member states to examine their policies on sexual exploitation, prostitution and its impact on gender equality. The purpose, the report describes in detail, is...

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The Framing of Gender Apartheid: Amnesty International and Prostitution

(20) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 2:24 PM

Photo Credit: Lynn Savarese

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise...

Maya Angelou

What would...

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'If You Build It, They Will Come': The Survivor Clinic Tackles Sex Trafficking in New York City

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 1:11 PM

Dr. Julia Geynisman is a resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. Born in Russia and raised in Chicago, Dr. Geynisman founded the Survivor Clinic in July 2013 to serve women who have survived or are surviving gender violence, including sexual...

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Germany Wins the Title of 'Bordello of Europe': Why Doesn't Angela Merkel Care?

(4) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 3:50 PM

In 2002, Germany decriminalized prostitution, reportedly due to pressure by the sex trade lobby and a few brothel managers who petitioned the government to develop safety standards and reduce the stigma and violence found in the sex trade. This law effectively rendered the prostitution industry a legitimate business....

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Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation in Our Lifetime: The Vision of Efua Dorkenoo (1949-2014)

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 1:53 PM

I'm not going to die, I'm going home like a shooting star. Sojourner Truth

A radiant light escaped earth when a woman named Efua Dorkenoo, fighting cancer, took her last breath in her husband's arms on October 18, 2014. The "mother" of the international movement to end female...

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The Somaly Mam Story: What We Still Know About Sex Trafficking

(2) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 11:32 AM

For those of us who know and have worked with Somaly Mam throughout the years, the Newsweek cover story about her alleged fabrications shocked and saddened us. If the accusations are true, we don't know why Somaly, who commanded love and affection, would have stretched the...

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O Canada! Will You Free Your Glorious Land of Prostitution?

(3) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 5:01 PM

A daughter of the First Nation Ojibwe, Bridget Perrier was born in Long Lake #58 in Northern Ontario. Given up by parents unable to care for her, Bridget was placed in a welcoming home with five other children. In that house, a family friend raped Bridget. Her behavior...

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France Takes First Steps Towards Abolition of Prostitution

(4) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 9:22 AM

While authoring Les Misérables, the celebrated Victor Hugo wrote in 1862 that despite affirmations slavery had vanished from European civilization, it still existed -- as prostitution imposed on women.

In December 2013, the French Assembly finally heeded its lionized sage and overwhelmingly passed a bill...

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The Women's Equality Act: A No Brainer for New York

(2) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 7:15 AM

Earlier this month, hundreds of New Yorkers from all corners of the state boarded buses, trains and cars to Albany, fortified with banners and "Stand Up for Women's Equality" T-shirts. Packed under a bright sun in a park square facing the Capitol, impassioned speakers and their audience cheered for the...

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Zero Tolerance in Our Backyards: Ending Female Genital Mutilation

(6) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 10:55 AM

Eight years ago, a teacher called me from Atlanta urgently seeking advice. One of her students, a bright 15-year-old immigrant from the Gambia, confided to Ms. Smith* that she was on her way to New York where she said her father had plans to forcibly marry her to a stranger...

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Let New York City Kids Exercise!

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 12:35 PM

Taquesha Dean is an ebullient cheerleader, who also plays volleyball and is president of the Outdoors Club when her classes end at The Brooklyn Latin School, the newest specialized New York City high school. Dedicated teachers and a rigorous curriculum define Brooklyn Latin, which prides itself in preparing...

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The Chilling Effect

(3) Comments | Posted July 29, 2011 | 11:11 AM

The messages kept pouring into my email box on Monday when news that the anonymity of the accuser in People of New York vs. Dominique Strauss-Kahn was about to be destroyed. Shock, sadness, anger, fear and outrage were among the reactions from colleagues in New York and beyond who belong...

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First Do No Harm

(20) Comments | Posted May 10, 2010 | 11:04 AM

In 1994, a frightened 17 year old girl boarded a plane to flee an impending forced marriage to a much older man with three other wives. In a small room waiting for the groom, in Togo, West Africa, Fauziya Kassindja was also warned that a woman would soon arrive to...

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Haitian Women: Enter At Center Stage

(2) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 3:46 PM

Driving east from the minted Luis Muñoz Marin airport in Puerto Rico on a modern highway, peppered with well maintained gas stations, mini-malls, fast food chains, and signs for fancy resorts, I ached comparing this Caribbean island to Haiti. Much has been written about Haiti since...

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Haiti's Women in the Aftermath of Disaster

(5) Comments | Posted January 19, 2010 | 4:32 PM

In the early morning hours following the shattering news that an earthquake hit my parents' homeland January 12, the phone rang. "Alain's in-laws died," said my sobbing cousin. Tragedy had hit home. Our anxiety increased as we wondered about the status of Alain's parents, as well as the dozen other...

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Still Time to do the Right Thing

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2008 | 3:25 PM

As she poetically recounts her chilling life story in her recently published book, The Road of Lost Innocence, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery as a young girl in Cambodia. The reader is confronted with the unimaginable brutality and debasement that defined Somaly's days in the hands of her...

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Protecting Pimps and Traffickers

(4) Comments | Posted July 15, 2008 | 4:40 PM

Regardless of your preferred presidential candidate, the magnitude of an African-American man chosen as the presumptive Democratic nominee is undeniable. Two hundred years after the Slave Trade Act was passed in England and after decades of relentless campaigning by abolitionists led by parliamentarian William Wilberforce, we bear witness to...

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