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Nov. 26, 2007

Public health, sex workers' rights focus of Nov. 29 lecture

Sue Simon, whose work for the past 25 years has focused on public health and social justice, will present "The Global Movement for Sex Worker Health and Rights: Only Rights Can Stop the Wrongs" at a noon luncheon of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) Thursday, Nov. 29 at Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Since 1986, Simon has focused on HIV/AIDS issues from a public policy and direct service capacity for organizations including Gay Men's Health Crisis, Planned Parenthood and the New York City Mayor's Office for AIDS Policy. In 1999, she joined the Open Society Institute (OSI), a global foundation supported by George Soros. As the associate director of the International Harm Reduction Development Program, Simon provided capacity building, advocacy and funding to hundreds of needle exchange and methadone programs in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

For the past two years, she has served as the founding director of OSI's Sexual Health and Rights Project, an operational and grant-making program to improve the health and protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and sex workers in Africa, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe.

The luncheon is presented with support from MC Ginsberg Estates and the University of Iowa Community Credit Union. The Cottage will cater the event. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM will carry the program on at 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 on the Iowa Public Radio network.

Reservations are $7.50 for ICFRC members and $8.50 form nonmembers. The deadline to register is noon Tuesday, Nov. 27. For more information or special accommodations to attend the luncheon, contact Marianne Weiss at 319-355-0351.

ICFRC is a nonprofit association of community and university people interested in learning more about the U.S. foreign policy, world affairs, and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is affiliated with UI International Programs, which enable UI students, faculty, staff, and the general public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Marianne Weiss, Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, 319-335-0351,; Kelli Andresen, International Programs, 319-335-2026,; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,