Research-to-Action

GSHI Team and Dr. Goldenberg receive new PHAC/CIHR Operating Grant to extend AESHA research efforts on migrant sex workers' health and safety

Since 2010, AESHA has been conducting outreach, interviews and sexual health support to migrant/ new immigrant indoor sex workers in over 70 indoor venues across Metro Vancouver, including critical outreach/ service support from MACAIDS. Through strategic viral hepatitis funds, the new one-year PHAC/ CIHR operating grant funds will help extend the AESHA research efforts to further addressing the unique health, safety and human rights needs of migrant and mobile sex workers, in ongoing partnership with SWAN, WISH, SWUAV and the broader AESHA advisory. To date, the AESHA research team has shown that racialized and Indigenous women are highly overrepresented among migrant and mobile sex workers in BC, and face enhanced vulnerabilities for HIV/ STIs and viral hepatitis. Migrant sex workers report among the highest barriers to health and social supports, due to criminalization, stigma, social isolation, language and cultural barriers. Given these ongoing concerns, Dr. Goldenberg and the AESHA team look forward to extending these efforts to better address and respond to the unique health and safety needs of migrant sex workers.