2017 Rothko Chapel Óscar Romero Award Pre-Program
Double jeopardy: Women and the Criminal Justice System
Conversation and Book Signing with Julie Bindel
Women of sex trafficking face the dual realities of being victims while also being prosecuted as offenders. Join Julie Bindel in conversation with Houston activists and advocates as they explore this topic from both local and global perspectives.
In her most recent book “The Pimping of Prostitution,” Bindel takes the debate on prostitution legislation head-on, exposing the lived realities of women in contrast with the dominant discourse in current academic and liberal feminist debates.
Based on more than 250 interviews with people involved in and affected by prostitution around the world, Bindel exposes the harms of the global sex trade and documents the emergence of the exciting and vibrant survivor abolitionist movement – leading us to question when the policy makers, politicians and international human rights organizations will start to reject the mythology around prostitution, hold sex buyers accountable for the damage that they do, and truly begin to fight for the human rights of women around the world.
This program will be followed by a public reception and book signing on the plaza.
About the presenter:
A renowned investigative journalist, Julie Bindel has written extensively on a range of topics including violence against women, the international surrogacy trade, mail order brides, trafficking, and unsolved murders. She writes regularly for The Guardian, New Statesman, The International Business Times, and The Spectator, and frequently appears on the BBC and Sky News. She was Visiting Journalist at Brunel University, UK (2013 – 2014) and is now on the Advisory Board of Byline.com.
This program builds upon the topic of ending mass incarceration addressed at our 2017 Spring Symposium and this year’s focus of our biannual Rothko Chapel’s Óscar Romero Award, which recognizes courageous, grassroots human rights advocacy. This year the Chapel will honor two recipients, one internationally and the other locally selected. To learn more about the Award Ceremony and other related programs please click here.